Ash Stephens (they/them or he/him) is a Black, Southern, trans-masculine boi whose life’s work is in anti-violence and prison abolition communities. Before moving to Brooklyn, Ash devoted much of their commitments to racial, gender, and social justice in Chicago organizing communities with the Chicago Community Bond Fund and the volunteer-led collective of Love & Protect. Ash is a PhD Candidate in Criminology, Law & Justice with a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. They are currently the Manager of Bail Operations at the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, which pays bail for NYers who can’t afford to post bail and fights to end cash bail and pretrial detention.
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Director of Grassroots Fundraising & Communications
Adelaide Matthew Dicken is a non-binary Pisces transwoman theatre-maker and resource-mover. She uses the names Adelaide or Matthew interchangeably, and likes it when you mix up she/her or they/them pronouns when referring to them. Adelaide has supported SRLP as a volunteer since 2016, when they were on the host committee for Small Works for Big Change. She organizes in grassroots abolitionist movements committed to mutual aid for incarcerated queer and trans people of color, freeing criminalized survivors, and building support structures towards economic self-determination for people working for trans & disability justice.
Director of Survival and Self-Determination Project
Hannah Walker, Esq. is a staff attorney and Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project at SRLP. A transplant from rural New Hampshire, she has been actively involved in grassroots organizing, anti-violence movements, and gender liberation for the past six years. Hannah is committed to radical empathy and strives to build supportive coalitions between and across communities of varying life experiences.
Joss Greene is an educator and grad student who volunteers with organizations in NYC and the Bay Area. He is passionate about skill sharing, moving resources to trans people of color leaders doing the work, and learning from our elders. He’s invested in the longterm fight for a world where all trans people can live safe, full, beautiful lives.
Nila is honored to be a part of the Core Collective. She hopes to bring her experience as a legal intern with SRLP, as well as her prior and current work with LGBTQ homeless youth, incarcerated folks, and work with families impacted by criminal and child welfare systems to the Collective.
Lorenzo Van Ness is a native New Yorker who has been working within QTPOC communities in NYC since 2006. While they currently work for the NYC Commission on Human Rights, they have worked to educate New Yorkers of their rights and increase access to the city’s resources as a tenant advocate and paralegal. Lorenzo is passionate about language access, LGBTQ rights and racial justice. In thier spare time, Lorenzo enjoys learning, writing, bike riding and karaoke.
Director of Immigrant Justice Project
Sei Young Pyo is a Staff Attorney and the Director of the Immigrant Justice Project. She believes in being together with clients where they are and in más acción, menos protagonismo. Prior to coming to SRLP, Sei learned and grew from working at Immigration Equality, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, and Lambda Legal. At Harvard Law School, Sei musical directed the yearly full-length musical comedy production the Harvard Law School Parody and co-founded the Queer Theory Reading Group. In another life, Sei would have become an exuberant philosophy professor writing on the relationship between emotions and art. Her biggest supporter is her lovable senior dog, Rowa.
Director of Finance and Operations
Elinor has worked for several nonprofits and has a cat companion named Deleuze.
Director of Survival and Self-Determination
Kyle Rapiñan is a Staff Attorney and Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Kyle has been working with SRLP since 2014 as a legal intern, volunteer, consultant, legal advocate, and friend. Prior to joining SRLP, this mixed race organizer gained experience working with the community at Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Practice-Bronx, Peter Cicchino Youth Project of the Urban Justice Center, SRLP, and the Legal Aid Society-Parole Revocation Defense Project. Kyle is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law with a clinical focus on criminal defense and parole matters. Kyle has experience in queer & trans youth organizing, and building a responsive collective process. Fully a believer in racial, trans, and economic justice, Kyle dreams of a world that affirms all of our identities, without any hurdles for low income folks, and a world that empowers rather than divides.
Director of Development and Finance
Maxwell Scales is a longtime SRLP supporter and volunteer who currently serves as the Director of Development, overseeing our institutional funding and daily financial operations. Born and raised in the South, Max has been living/learning/working in NYC for over 15 years. Max has a decade of experience as a professional fundraiser; prior to joining the SRLP staff, he did development work at Lambda Legal, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), focusing on events, planned giving, direct mail, and major gifts. He is a Certified Non-Profit Accounting Professional. Max is into intersectional lenses, wealth redistribution, and spreadsheet shortcuts.