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Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Mission: 

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.

Internship description: 

Interns at SRLP work on a range of issues affecting low-income transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people of color, including prisoners' rights, name changes and identity documentation, discrimination in sex-segregated facilities, immigration, Medicaid, and more.

The Movement Building Team is a collaboration of SRLP members who identify as low income trans, intersex, gender non conforming folks and trans, intersex, gender non conforming people of color along with SRLP staff. The MBT was designed to build and grow the leadership skills while developing and coordinating community workshops, discussions, celebrations and events for low income trans, intersex, gender non conforming folks and trans, intersex, gender non conforming people of color. Interns working with the MBT would be an expected to work closely with MBT staff and members, participate in outreach (inside and out of the office), provide coordination and logistics related to MBT events, assist with tasks related to the Prisoner Pen Pal Project, provide assistance with research, tend the front desk, providing clients with resources and referrals, participate in collaboration efforts with other allied organizations and complete other required tasks to support the program.

Internship skills needed: 
Applicants must have a commitment to working towards self-determination for gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence as SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. People of color, trans people, gender nonconforming people and people with intersex conditions are strongly encouraged to apply. Because there will be a lot of interaction with SRLP clients and community members, we are seeking an intern who is comfortable being proactive in meeting new people and welcoming people to the organization. Comfortability with using social media platforms or a willingness to learn. Fluency in Spanish is preferred.
Languages required: 
None. Individuals with the ablity to speak Spanish and English would be fantastic.
Location: 
How to find us: 
We are located in a seven floor building (with an elevator) in Manhattan. We share a building with The Audre Lorde Project, Streetwise and Safe, and FIERCE. We are about two or three blocks from the F/M/R/1 train and a short distance from the C/E train.
Work hours: 
TBD. The office is open from 10-6pm M-F. There will be some evenings and weekends required.
Dress code: 
Casual
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