This spring, SRLP was thrilled to grow its staff with a new full-time position. In April, Stefanie Rivera, one of the founding members of FIERCE, an empowering organization for LGBTQ youth of color in New York City, became our first-ever Director of Client Services. This position has been requested by community members, advocates, and clients for many years and we are all thrilled to be able to finally offer a full-time point of contact for people seeking legal services.
Stefanie has brought enormous knowledge and passion to SRLP since her involvement began in 2002. Stefanie assisted SRLP in founding our Prisoner Justice Project and in creating the annual event Small Works for Big Change. Since 2008 Stefanie has worked as part of the Direct Services Team as an interpreter. Stefanie is also responsible for coordinating trainings on working with interpreters, best practices for client services, and best practices for working with incarcerated people. She has been honored by the community multiple times, most recently in 2013 by the TransLatina Network for “Community Recognition in Spirit.”
With this new hire, SRLP is ensuring that our services consistently reach transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex people of color and low-income people who may need extra assistance in navigating the legal landscape. Stefanie is playing a vital role in linking people with quality legal care, and we are thrilled to welcome her to this new role!