Policy Work and Campaigns

Current Policy Work and Campaigns

Stop Transphobia at HRA

Since 2006, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) communities in New York City have been urging the Human Resources Administration (HRA) to address the rampant Transphobia discrimination and harrassment that TGNC people in New York City face when seeking to access welfare/public assitance. We call on the New York City HRA to:

-Approve the procedure for serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients/Participants, which was developed over the past year, immediately.
-Implement mandatory cultural competency trainings focused on serving TGNC communties for all HRA employees both annually/ongoing and for new workers by September 2009. Implementation should include a schedule and plan for trainings. HRA should also include the needs of TGNC communities in agency-wide ongoing and new worker customer service trainings and cultural competency trainings.
-Fully implement the procedure for serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients/Participants by December 2009 including a timeline for annual review of implementation of the procedures with the first review occuring in January of 2010

To sign the online petition please go to:  http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/endtransphobianow/index.html

NYPD Policy Change

Low income trans people of color are routinely illegally stripped/seized/arrested/beaten/abused by police.  Recently, there has been litigation around illegal strip searches, in particular.  A number or activists and organizations have come together to create a working group to submit a best practices policy that will affect the NYPD patrol guide, particularly in the areas of searches, detention, healthcare, confidentiality, harassment and forms of address, profiling and false arrests, and release on Desk Appearance Tickets.  Ultimately, we hope that these policies will decrease police misconduct against trans people in NYC and will give trans people a stronger tool to use in advocacy and litigation when police misconduct does happen. 

To sign the online petition please go to:  http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/NYPDTransPolicy/index.html

Department of Homeless Service

In January 2006 the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) issued a new policy that protects transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people from discrimination within the shelter system.

This policy states that you have the rights to be housed in a shelter that corresponds to your gender identity, not according to your birth sex.

To volunteer with any of these campaigns or for more information contact info [at] srlp [dot] org

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