Following a year of continued attacks on our community, we are working to mobilize and build power for trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) folks here in NYC and beyond. Here is a recap of what SRLP’s Movement Building Team has been up to recently:
Leadership Development and Movement Building
Today, we’d like to share a letter from one of our former PAC members, Victoria Rodriguez,
As part of the relaunch of “It’s War in Here,” we asked some of our incarcerated members to join an Advisory Committee for the project. These members have helped us to generate questions and edit the surveys, and they will help us to review data and edit drafts of the report later on. They are serving an invaluable role in ensuring that this report accurately reflects the realities of transgender and gender non-conforming people in New York State prisons.
On Thursday, November 9th, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) teamed up with the LGBT Community Center at West 13th to create an affirming and community-driven space to discuss trans healthcare and to learn about the work being done by our allies around the city. During our “What’s Up with Trans Healthcare?” Town Hall, the main goal was to mobilize the community and put pressure on the city government to address the stark lack of affirming and comprehensive healthcare services for transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) individuals.
“I didn’t know I needed community until it was offered to me.” – James, member of SRLP’s Prisoner Advisory Committee
As with all of Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s (SRLP) legal work, the Prisoner Justice Project (PJP) seeks to address the immediate needs of our incarcerated community members and connect them with opportunities to engage more fully in our work. Most people initiate contact with PJP in a state of crisis, often reporting physical and sexual assault, biased disciplinary action, a lack of access to medical care, punitive segregation, and a lack of access to programming.
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.