In 2003, Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which sought to address and reduce sexual assaults in prison, as well as to develop resources to educate institutions on this issue and to protect those most vulnerable.
As an organization that centers the voices of transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) people of color in the fight for liberation, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project holds a deep commitment to the legacies of revolutionaries like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. For over four years, Reina Gossett served as SRLP’s Director of Membership. She was also one of the inaugural members of SRLP’s Movement Building Team, formed to organize trans people of color to make transformative change.
This week, SRLP is celebrating the effect that our voices and truths can have on the law. In a surprising and important move, the Board of Correction – the oversight and monitoring body for New York City’s jails – issued a harsh resolution and timeline in response to the New York City Department of Correction’s continued refusal to meet certain screening and housing requirements of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and the City’s own Minimum Standards for the jails.
For more than two years, SRLP has been involved a trans-led coalition with the NYC Anti-Violence Project, the LGBT Center, Make The Road New York, Translatina Network, Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), The Audre Lorde Project, and the New York City Council to host and organize forums in each of the five boroughs, addressing the needs of trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) New Yorkers.