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Rage Kidvai

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Rage Kidvai

Rage Kidvai

Name of Host Organization: Sylvia Rivera Law Project
City, State: New York, New York
Sponsors: The Paul Rapoport Foundation

The Project

Rage provided direct legal representation in immigration (specifically, asylum, withholding of removal, u-visa, t-visa, adjustment of status, employment authorization and naturalization) applications for low-income transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex immigrants, prioritizing individuals with criminal convictions.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) people experience astounding violence, harassment, and imprisonment. 63 percent of transgender people have experienced serious acts of discrimination (i.e., events that have a major impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to sustain oneself financially or emotionally). Trans people flee their home countries due to gender-based persecution; however, when living in the U.S., they are often exposed to the criminal legal system. Many of these immigrants have no representation, and LGBT legal organizations are only beginning to address the unique issues of TGNCI individuals. This Fellowship, located at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, will fill a gap in legal services for undocumented, poor TGNCI individuals with criminal records, by assisting those who qualify for asylum or withholding of removal based upon a well-founded fear of persecution