Spring term Community Legal Intern

SRLP is seeking a part-time community legal intern for the spring semester (beginning in January or February). This legal internship is designed for people who are not currently in law school, but who have a strong interest in the legal rights of transgender, intersex, and gender nonconforming people.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.
  • Direct services- The intern will work directly with clients through conducting intake interviews and providing information and referrals over the phone. Also, the intern will work closely with an attorney on at leastone case from beginning to end during the internship.  Depending on the intern's interests and our clients' needs, this case will likely be a namechange proceeding, a fair hearing for benefits, an immigration application,or written advocacy on behalf of a person in prison.

  • Policy- The intern will also assist with SRLP's work to change the policiesof government agencies to advance the rights of our communities.  This may include participating in meetings with government officials, doing research, joining strategy discussions, and/or developing demands for change in collaboration with SRLP attorneys and other coalition members. 

  • Public education and organizing support- The intern may also participate in other aspects of our work, such as editing our know your rights publications, doing outreach for our services, or providing legal support at direct actions.

  • The intern will receive in-depth training about the legal rights of transgender people in New York and also if necessary on basic office skills.
  • Must be familiar with low-income transgender communities of color
  • Must have personal or work experience with public benefits, immigration,prisons, jails, juvenile detention, foster care, or homeless shelters
  • Must be consistent and reliable
  • Must have nterest in legal work and a commitment to social justice
  • Fluency in Spanish or other languages in addition to English
  • People of color, people who have lived in poverty, former prisoners, youth,
    trans people, gender nonconforming people, people with intersex conditions,
    and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The internship is for 14 weeks, 10 hours a week, at SRLP's office in Manhattan. Interns will be paid bi-weekly and  compensation is $10/hour. ( A stipend total of $1400)

To apply, please fill out the printable Community Legal Internship Application Form  below and return to our office as early as possible.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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