Resources for Trans Communities
This publication provides names, addresses and details about organizations and government offices that can assist you in protecting your rights.
- Get Support
- File a Complaint
- Talk to a Lawyer
- Outside NYC
- Get What You Need from the Government
- Other Resources
24 Hour Bi-Lingual Hotline: 212-714-1141
This agency provides peer-counseling and support to lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and HIV positive victims of violence. Services in English, Spanish, Slovakian.
GENDER IDENTITY PROJECT
The Gender Identity Project of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Community Center provides individual counseling and peer-facilitated support groups for transgender and gender nonconforming people. Services in English, Spanish.
HISPANIC AIDS FORUM
This organization provides services to the HIV positive Latina/o community and has support groups and workshops for trans Latinas. Services in English, Spanish.
RAINBOW HEIGHTS CLUB
The Rainbow Heights Club is a support and advocacy program for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender mental health consumers.
File a Complaint
CIVILIAN COMPLAINT REVIEW BOARD
40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
This agency accepts complaints about misconduct by the New York City Police by mail, phone, or internet.
COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006
This accepts complaints about discrimination under New York City local law. You have to call to make an appointment to file your complaint. Complaints must be filed within one year of the discrimination.
DEPARTMENTAL DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
61 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
This agency accepts complaints about unethical conduct by attorneys in Manhattan or the Bronx.
DIVISION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
This agency accepts complaints about discrimination under New York State law. Check the web site or call the headquarters to find out where your local office is.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION
1-800-669-4000 or 1-800-669-6820 TTY
This agency accepts complaints about discrimination under federal law.
GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE FOR THE 2ND AND 11 JUDICIAL DISTRICTS
Renaissance Plaza, 335 Adams StreetÑSuite 2400
Brooklyn, NY 11201
This agency accepts complaints about unethical conduct by attorneys in Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island.
Office of Court Administration
25 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004
The Inspector General is a government office that takes complaints about court personnel by mail or by phone.
OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE
This agency accepts complaints from patients about unethical conduct by many professionals, including mental health practitioners, nurses, and acupuncturists, but not about physicians.
OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL CONDUCT NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
433 River Street, Suite 303, Troy, NY 12180-2299
This agency accepts complaints about unethical conduct by physicians and physician's assistants. You can mail a letter to the address or request a complaint form by calling the number.
SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR BIAS MATTERS
Office of Court Administration
25 Beaver Street, New York, NY 10004
The Special Inspector General is a government office that takes complaints about bias or discrimination in court personnel by mail or by phone.
Talk to a Lawyer
SYLVIA RIVERA LAW PROJECT
SERVES: low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming by assisting with identity documents,Medicaid, discrimination in sexsegregated facilities, prisoners rights, and immigration. Services in English, Spanish, Hindi.
SERVES: immigrants who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or HIV positive in the areas of asylum, HIV laws, and detention. Services in English, Spanish, German, and Japanese; others possible with prior arrangement.
PETER CICCHINO YOUTH PROJECT
646-602-5635 or 646-602-5636
SERVES: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people with benefits, housing, discrimination and healthcare. Call to make an appointment or attend one of the clinics at Streetwork Project or Hetrick Martin Institute. Services in English.
HIV LAW PROJECT
SERVES: residents of the Bronx and Manhattan who are living with HIV/AIDS in the areas of housing, immigration, benefits, and healthcare. Services in English, Spanish.
GAY MEN'S HEALTH CRISIS
SERVES: people living with HIV/AIDS in the areas of healthcare, immigration and benefits. Services in English, Spanish.
CITY BAR JUSTICE CENTER
REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
SERVES: low-income people who are victims of torture and other violence in seeking asylum in the U.S. Services in English, Spanish and French.
CITY BAR JUSTICE CENTER
IMMIGRANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN PROJECT
SERVES: immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, rape, trafficking, or other gender-motivated violence to live freely and legally apart from their abusers. Services in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean.
WEST VILLAGE TRANS LEGAL NAME CHANGE CLINIC
208 W. 13th Street, New York, NY
First Monday of every month • 6p.m.
SERVES: transgender people with changing their names without a lawyer. Services in English, sometimes Spanish.
HARLEM COMMUNITY LAW OFFICE
THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY
SERVES: low-income individuals living in North Harlem with civil cases.
LAWYERS FOR CHILDREN
212-966-6420 or 1-800-244-2540
SERVES: children, particularly youth in foster care, with housing, benefits, and abuse and neglect. Services in English, Spanish, French.
NEW YORK CITY BAR ASSOCIATION
LEGAL REFERRAL SERVICE
SERVES: anyone in helping to find a private lawyer near you who does work in the area you need help in, including malpractice or discrimination. Services in English, Spanish.
MENTAL HYGIENE LEGAL SERVICES
212-779-1734 (Bronx and Manhattan) 516-746-4545 (Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester counties) 585-530-3050 (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston,Monroe, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Seneca, Steuben,Wayne,Wyoming, and Yates counties) 518-447-9664 (all other counties) SERVES: people who are receiving care at or who are alleged to be in need of care at in-patient or community based mental health facilities throughout New York State. Services in English, Spanish, Chinese, Creole, Croatian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Yiddish.
347-473-7400, TTY 212-925-9560
SERVES: low-income HIV positive people. Provides many types of services, including free legal services. Services in English, Spanish, ASL.
LAMBDA LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND
SERVES: LGBTQ and HIV positive people to achieve full recognition of their civil rights through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Services in English, Spanish.
NEW YORK CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
SERVES: individuals by fighting for civil liberties and civil rights through litigation, advocacy, and public education. The NYCLU publishes know your rights booklets about the healthcare rights of teens. Services in English.
TRANSGENDER LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND
SERVES: transgender individuals who are victims of discrimination based upon gender identity and expression. Also provides legal advice through electronic mail. Services in English.
AUDRE LORDE PROJECT (ALP)
Community organizing center for a lesbian, gay, bisexual, Two Spirit, and transgender people of color. ALP hosts a number of working groups, including TransJustice (for transgender and gender nonconforming people of color), the Police and State Violence Working Group, the Youth Working Group, and the Immigrants Rights Working Group.
FIERCE! is a community organizing project for Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Queer, and Questioning (TLGBTSQQ) youth of color in New York City.
DESIS RISING UP AND MOVING (DRUM)
DRUM builds leadership in low-income South Asian immigrant communities, particularly of women and youth, undocumented and detained immigrants in New York City. DRUM helped found the Queens Drivers License Coalition and runs several projects, including the Immigrant Justice Program, Azaadi Legal Defense Project and YouthPower!
718-418-7690 ext. 1278
GLOBE combats institutional homophobia and the harassment, isolation and invisibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Bushwick and the surrounding neighborhoods. Community organizing and legal and support services are available. Services in English, Spanish. GLOBE is a project of Make the Road New York.
ADVOCATES FOR INFORMED CHOICE
AIC promotes the civil rights of children born with variations of sex anatomy.
TGI JUSTICE PROJECT
Works to challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against transgender, gender variant/genderqueer and intersex (TGI) people in California prisons and beyond.
TransInjustice is a collection of stories from transgender people enduring injustice largely because of their transgender status. You may contact the creators through the website.
TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE LAW PROJECT OF ILLINOIS
The Law Project provides legal services to transgender people of Illinois.
Transforming Justice is a national network dedicated to envisioning ways to stop the cycles of imprisonment and criminalization in transgender communities. They seek to create a national conversation, all voices are invited to join.
MASSACHUSETTS TRANSGENDER LEGAL ADVOCATES
Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates is a group of law students and lawyers committed to addressing the needs of low income transgender people in Massachusetts. MTLA recognizes that a lack of public awareness about trans people can make it difficult to navigate the legal system. Their legal team is composed of trans folks and their significant others, family, and friends.
Get What You Need from the Government
U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES
Where to send your application for a replacement permanent resident card:
For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
P.O. Box 54870, Los Angeles, CA 90054-0870
Forms and instructions are available at: uscis.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/ or by calling 1-800-870-3676
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
146 State Street, 3rd Floor, Room 303, Albany, NY 12207
The office of the attorney general has information about how to make a health care proxy.
CIVIL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
111 Centre Street, Room 118, New York, NY
NYC residents can apply for a name change in this court.
Further Information on Your Rights
For more detailed information on understanding your rights and dealing with discrimination against transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people in New York, see these other publications:
- Your Healthcare Rights: Trans Youth in New York City
- Your Healthcare Rights: Trans Adults in New York City
- Transgender Employees in New York: Protect Yourself at Work
- How to legally change your name in New York City
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