This fall is a time of exciting transitions here at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.This month, Rage Kidvai and Juana Paola Peralta joined the SRLP staff, bringing their deep commitment and vibrant energy to our work providing free legal services and building movement power with low-income transgender people and transgender people of color. Please join me in welcoming Rage and Juana!
Rage M. Kidvai is the Equal Justice Works/Paul Rapoport Foundation Fellow for the Immigrant Justice Project. Rage’s fellowship will focus on providing asylum and deportation defense services for low-income transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex immigrants. Addressing this huge gap in services is vital to reducing the disproportionate impact of policing and deportation on transgender immigrants.
Rage, a former SRLP legal intern and Collective Member, received their Bachelor’s Degree from Hampshire College, and their J.D. from City University of New York School of Law, with a clinical focus on criminal defense. Rage interned with the Brooklyn Defender Services (Family and Criminal Defense Practices), Orleans Public Defenders, and the Bronx Defenders. Prior to law school, Rage worked with immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence on their benefits, housing and immigration cases in Sanctuary for Families’ Economic Justice Project.
As a passionate advocate for racial and economic justice, Rage is excited to bring their legal knowledge and advocacy skills to SRLP’s Immigrant Justice Project.
Juana Paola Peralta is SRLP’s Director of Outreach and Community Engagement. As a staff member of SRLP’s Movement Building Team, Juana will work on growing SRLP’s membership and building with current members by organizing regular membership meetings, know-your-rights trainings, and skill shares. Juana will also focus on continuing the critical work of the Prisoner Advisory Committee, building leadership and transforming systems with transgender people in prison and allies on the outside.
Juana is a queer fat hard femme Latin@ who has been educating and organizing around issues of gender, sexuality, race, class, and disability for over seven years. Prior to SRLP, Juana volunteered and organized with the Chicago Dyke March Collective and the Transformative Justice Law Project. She is thrilled to work with the Movement Building Team to increase members’ power and participation in SRLP’s crucial work.
Welcome, Rage and Juana!