The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) is hiring a staff attorney and Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project to join our Direct Services Team. The attorney would share co-director responsibilities with the Prisoner Justice and Immigrant Rights Project.
SRLP’s Direct Services Team
The Direct Services Team (DST) of SRLP consists of three projects: Survival and Self-Determination Project, Immigrant Rights Project and the Prisoner Justice Project. Our Immigrant Rights Project works with community members seeking name changes, updated immigration documents, adjustment of status, naturalization, removal defense and asylum. In our Survival and Self-Determination Project, we advocate for safe and accessible health care, represent community members seeking name changes and updated identity documents; and assist people seeking other services necessary for survival, like housing and government benefits. SRLP’s Prisoner Justice Project advocates on behalf of our incarcerated community members to address prison conditions, safety issues, access to health care, name changes and placement issues. In addition, the Prisoner Justice Project provides courtroom advocacy and re-entry assistance where possible. All of the attorneys also participate in public education, including speaking at conferences and providing cultural competency trainings to providers and government agencies.
Job Description: Director of the Survival and Self-Determination Project
The staff attorney will direct the work of the Survival and Self-Determination Project and participate in the work of the Immigrant Rights Project. There is significant overlap between both projects. The director will work closely with another attorney to provide direct services, impact litigation, public education, policy work, and community organizing support to advance the rights of transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people. Responsibilities include all aspects of providing direct services to a caseload of indigent clients; negotiating with agencies to change policies impacting the survival of our community members; developing and pursuing impact litigation for safe access to health care, housing, employment, etc.; drafting know your rights materials and conducting trainings of community members and service providers; supervising legal interns; and supporting campaigns of community organizing projects through such means as coordinating legal observing for actions or conducting on-site clinics. The staff attorney will also share general administrative and collective-wide duties with other staff. Because SRLP is a non-hierarchical organization with no Executive Director, all staff members play a key role in daily operations, organizational development and governance.