Get Legal Help from SRLP
Come to Our Legal Clinics
Walk-in legal intake happens every Thursday from 1:00 – 4:30 pm, during the months of February through November (approximately). Our first intake starts at 1:30 pm and everyone is seen on a first come, first serve basis. We encourage you to come at 1:00 pm because people who come too late may not always be seen. Services are available in English and Spanish. Please remember to bring all of your relevant legal documents and identification documents if you have them.
When you come to SRLP, buzz the 5th floor and say you are here for legal intake. You will be buzzed in; after you board the elevator, we will then call it up. You will sign in at the front desk. A legal advocate and/or an attorney will then meet with you to discuss your legal issues.
Our office is located at 147 West 24th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011. We are between 6th and 7th Avenues on the north side of 24th Street. We are located near the following trains – the C/E at 23rd and 8th, the 1 train at 23rd and 7th, the M/F trains at 23rd and 6th, and N/R/W at 23rd and 5th.
We offer Metrocards for individuals who need them.
Please feel free to contact us if you need further information. You may also request an intake over the phone due to emergency issues or other issues that make an in person meeting impractical.
We hope to see you soon.
Our legal help line is 212-337-8550, ext. 308. Please leave a message and someone will get back to you within 72 hours or as soon as possible. Our legal help line remains active even when intake is closed. Please keep in mind that SRLP is only able to provide legal services to people living in the five boroughs of New York City and people who are incarcerated in New York State. We always want to learn more about and provide support to trans people of color and low-income TGNCI people across the world, but we are unable to provide legal services outside of these geographic areas.
To reach our Director of Client Services, call 212-337-8550, ext. 303.
If you have legal questions, you can email us at email@example.com or use the form below. Please note that other people may read this email before it gets to a lawyer, so the best thing to do is leave out details until a lawyer gets back to you. Our email help remains available while intake is closed. Please keep in mind that SRLP is only able to provide legal services to people living in the five boroughs of New York City and people incarcerated by New York State. We always want to learn more about and provide support to trans people of color and low income TGNCI people across the world, but we are unable to provide legal services outside of these geographic areas.
People unable to use the phone or email systems can write to us at the address below. If you are incarcerated and need to use the name of an attorney, you may add “Attn: Mik Kinkead, Esq.”
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
147 W 24th St, 5th Fl
New York, NY 10011
Who We Serve
SRLP provides direct representation for low-income transgender people and transgender people of color. We have three projects, and if your issue falls under one of our projects, we may be able to help you. If we can’t represent you, we can provide referrals and information on a wide range of issues affecting transgender and gender-nonconforming people. See our referrals page for more information.
For legal help, please come to our Drop-In Hours or call 212-337-8550, ext. 308 for a legal assessment.
The Survival & Self-Determination project is aimed at helping low-income TGNCI people and TGNCI people of color access critical services and benefits needed for gender self-determination. Addressing needs specific to TGNCI communities, such as gender-affirming identification and access to sex-segregated programs or benefits, the S&S Project aims to help TGNCI people obtain these benefits and improve their quality of living, while also fundamentally changing the institutions that provide them. We provide the following services:
- Assistance obtaining name changes in New York City
- Assistance receiving and updating IDs that affirm the correct gender or list no genders such as the NYC Muni ID card, Social Security Card, GED, Passport, birth certificate, and non-driver ID card
- Help in receiving a FBI criminal rap sheet or criminal dispositions in New York
- Robust referrals to the appropriate governmental agency to investigate anti-trans bias
- Assistance in DHS-run shelter discrimination
- Assistance obtaining government benefits and private support programs that welcome trans people
- Help receiving billing exception codes in healthcare programs to access gender affirming surgeries and procedures
- Help appealing healthcare denials related to transgender healthcare
- Client accompaniments so TGNCI people do not have to go to discriminatory agencies or offices alone
- Referrals for issues SRLP does not take on, such as employment discrimination or torts
The Immigrant Justice Project at SRLP works with low-income people and people of color who are transgender, gender nonconforming, and/or intersex (TGNCI) and either seeking legally recognized immigration status or are adjusting to a different immigration status. We provide the following services:
- Representation of TGNCI immigrants in applications for immigration status
- Adjustment of immigration status
- Assistance with obtaining gender-affirming immigration documents, including Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), green cards, and naturalization certificates
- Holistic support of TGNCI immigrants in public benefits, healthcare, Social Security, including via coordination with other service providers
- Screening and Assistance with Various Immigration Benefits, including Asylum, U Visas, T Visas, VAWA, DACA, TPS, SIJS, and Family-Based Petitions
The Prisoner Justice Project provides assistance in civil matters to people held in New York City jails and in New York State Prisons. We are unable to provide direct legal services with criminal cases or appeals of criminal cases although we are happy to work with your attorney to ensure trans-competent representation. We are unable to provide direct legal assistance to people held outside of New York. We are able to provide the following services:
- Name changes to incarcerated individuals
- Assistance with changing names on government documents while incarcerated
- Assistance obtaining hormones
- Assistance obtaining gender appropriate undergarments
- Assistance preparing for parole appearances
- Advocacy and support around sexual violence and violations of the Prison Rape Elimination Act
- Advocacy and support around transfers and requests for alternate housing
- Advocacy and support around conditions of solitary
- Advocacy and support around mental health care needs and assessments
- Obtaining correct sentence calculations
- Review and appeal of disciplinary solitary confinement (Tier IIIs)
- Other civil matters concerning conditions of confinement
The Prisoner Justice Project has partnered with other organizations to provide litigation services in the past, however, due to our size and the number of individuals we serve we are generally unable to engage in litigation.