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A Place of Respect

A guide for group care facilities serving transgender and gender non-conforming youth

A pioneering new report authored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) urges group care facilities to reassess their treatment of transgender and gender non-conforming youth and to adopt policies and practices that provide these youth with appropriate, fair and equal care.

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Many public school administrators, faculty and staff have a lot of questions when working with students who are transgender or gender nonconforming.  This fact sheet is designed to give basic information about the law as it pertains to transgender and gender nonconforming students in New York City. 


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Transgender Youth in Foster Care

Know Your Rights If you are transgender, gender non-conforming, or questioning, you have the right to be safe in the foster care system.

In New York City, the agency that runs foster care programs is called the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS). If you are no longer living at home, ACS is the agency that should place you in either a foster home or a group care facility. It is ACS’s job to make sure that you are safe and that your basic needs are met while you are not living with a parent. Group homes and residential treatment facilities are usually run by private organizations hired by ACS. They still must follow all the rules that apply to ACS.  They have to make sure that you are safe, free from harassment, and able to develop and express your gender identity.

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Tus Derechos al Cuidado de Salud: Juventud

La Juventud Trans en la ciudad de Nueva York

El Derecho A La Asistencia Médica De Emergencia • Discriminación En El Cuidado De Salud De Personas Transgenero • Discriminación del VIH en cuidado de salud • Los Derechos De La Juventud A Consentimiento De Servicios De Salud • Reclusión Y Tratamiento De Salud Mental Involuntario • El Derecho Al Cuidado Adecuado Read more »


OCFS announces a change in policy protecting LGBTQ youth in City wide OCFS facilities.

March 17, 2008- The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) is thrilled that after many months of work on the part of SRLP and other organizations, the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has issued a new policy regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Read more »

Trans Youth and the Prison Industrial Complex
Youth, and trans and gender non-conforming youth even more so, are particularly vulnerable. This chart, Transgender Youth and the Prison Industrial Complex: Disrupt The Flow, from FIERCE and the Prison Moratorium Project, illustrates some of these mechanisms.

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Your Healthcare Rights: Youth

Healthcare Rights of Trans Youth in New York City In this brochure: • Right to Emergency Medical Care • Transgender Healthcare Discrimination • HIV Healthcare Discrimination • Rights of Youth to Consent to Healthcare • Commitment and Involuntary Mental Health Treatment • The Right to Adequate Care

Landmark Fostercare Case: Jean Doe vs. Bell

In January 2003, SRLP, working with the Peter Cicchino Youth Project of the Urban Justice Center and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, helped achieve a groundbreaking victory for transgender youth in foster care in the Jean Doe v. Bell case. Read more »