Criminal Justice


SRLP continues fight against sexual assault in detention.

In coalition with other groups, on April 4, 2011, SRLP submitted comments to regulations that would implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).  We urge the Attorney General to make certain important changes to the proposed regulations to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, and gender nonconforming people in various forms of detention including prisons and jails. Read more »

SRLP in the Press

Make it Happen!

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Transforming Justice
November 17, 2010

Transforming Justice: Ending the Criminalization & Imprisonment of Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming People. Check out this documentary about Transforming Justice - A collaborative national coalition and conference to address the needs of LGBT people in prison. For more info see

Make It Happen! from Transforming Justice on Vimeo.


SRLP fights to stop sexual assault in detention

On May 10, 2010, SRLP submitted comments supporting regulations that would implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).  We also urge the Attorney General to make certain important changes  in the regulations to protect the rights of trans, intersex, and gender nonconforming people in terms of searches, placement, discipline, and release. Read more »

SRLP Publication

Tips for Trans People Dealing with Cops

On the street and in public...

You never have to consent to a search
. If a cop asks to search you, your home, or your bag, saying “I do not consent to a search” helps protect your rights.

  • Cops are allowed to do a “pat down” if they believe that you may be armed.

SRLP in the Press

Fixing Corrections

The Advocate
December 15, 2009

As a U.K. court moves to protect its MTF inmates from rape and assault, America’s transgender prisoners continue to suffer. Article features interview with SRLP Collective Members.

Embracing our incarcerated trans family for the holidays.

Sadly, many of our incarcerated transgender brothers and sisters, who have all but been forgotten, face a hostile, uncertain and very lonely future behind bars. Many of us take for granted our daily walks and the warmth of the sun on our faces or the gentle breeze through our hair. But most importantly there are those times when we don’t even stop to think about how truly privileged we are to have so many wonderful people beating down our doors to spend time with us. Find out more about how to help our community members!

National Commission on Correctional Health Care adopts policy on Transgender Health Care in Correctional Settings

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, together with several other legal and medical organizations and individuals, including the TGI Justice Project, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Lori Kohler of the Correctional Medicine Consultation Network, worked closely with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) to support the adoption of an official position sta Read more »

SRLP Testifies at City Council Hearing on the CCRB and Police Accountability
Read the testimony we offered to the City Council about NYPD abuse of transgender communities and the failure of the Civilian Complaint Review Board to provide meaningful accountability.

Transforming Justice

Conference Report & Summary Read more »

Safety and Solidarity across gender lines: Rethinking segregation of Transgender people in detention
This is an article written by staff attorney, Gabriel Arkles about the segregation of transgender people in detention