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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 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.
Category: 
LGBTQ
Legal and Public Policy
Prisons and Criminalization
Internship description: 

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, coordination and logistics related to MBT events, assist with tasks related to the Prisoner Pen Pal Postcard Project, provide assistance with research, provide clients with resources and referrals, participate in collaboration efforts with other allied organizations and complete other required tasks to support the program. MBT interns may be asked to assist with all, or some of the following:

  • Work with MBT members to plan, coordinate, host and evaluate MBT programming
  • Actively participate, both growing and sharing your skills with MBT
  • Attend MBT meeting and events, carrying out tasks in between meetings
  • Share the duties of note taking and facilitation at meetings 
  • Conduct research
  • Performing outreach as needed during "drop in hours, at offsite legal clinics, community centers and events
  • Distribute fliers/bring back materials for SRLP
  • Build your knowledge and confidence around SRLP's mission and work so that you can communicate it
  • Attend and actively participate in workshops/events for allied organizations
  • Help us build and strengthen our relationships with individuals, groups and organizations
  • Work front desk on Thursdays, during "drop in hours" to welcome and orient clients as well as inviting them to attend MBT events and sign our mailing list
  • Make invitation and follow up calls emails as necessary
  • Help advance the work of MBT
  • Take risks, ask questions, don't be afraid to contribute, ask for what you need and have fun!
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. Must be willing to work individually and in a team setting.
Languages required: 
Fluency in Spanish is preferred/prioritized
Location: 
New York, NY
How to find us: 
We are located in a seven floor building in Manhattan. We share a building with The Audre Lorde Project, Queers for Economic Justice and FIERCE. We are about two or three blocks from the F/M/R/1 Train and a short distance from the C/E trains.
Work hours: 
TBD. The office is open from 10-6pm M-F. There may be some evenings and weekends required.
Dress code: 
Casual
Office building accessibility: 
Accessible
How many people work at the organization: 
7 full time staff and 3-4 interns at a time
Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 
Yes. We have legal interns, fundraising/development interns through out the year and summer
Internship dates: 
Flexible, must start by June 1, 2015 unless an exception is made by CLPP Assistant Director
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