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: 

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. Legal Interns have their own caseload and the opportunity to work on their clients' cases in depth through conducting intake interviews, drafting pleadings in clients’ cases, advocating with government agencies and other entities, connecting clients with resources, and educating clients about their rights. Interns also assist with legal research and writing and factual development for impact litigation. They may participate in public education and community organizing support such as preparing "know your rights" materials and doing legal observation at actions.

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 New York City on 24th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue, near several major subway stations and the NJ Path Train

Work hours: 

11-6, flexible

Dress code: 

Casual

Office building accessibility: 

Accessible

How many people work at the organization: 

9

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Yes

Internship dates: 

Flexible

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