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Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corp

Summer 2015 

Position: Intern
Student: Latin American Studies and WGS Senior

The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) internship program through the Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program based out of Hampshire College places undergrad students at reproductive and social justice organizations for 10 weeks during the summer. They provide a $3,300 stipend to RRASC interns in order to live in the designated city where the internship is located.

As a RRASC intern, you are required to attend the Civil Liberties and Public Policy conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, in April at Amherst, Massachusetts at Hampshire College. You are also required to work 35 hours a week for ten weeks and must submit weekly reports on the progress of your internship.

This was the first year that the RRASC program was expanded nationwide so there are RRASC interns from all over the country working at non-profit organizations across the country as well. They place you at one of your top five choices when you apply if selected. This past year had 1,065 applicants and only 40 were selected so it is extremely competitive. I was placed at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) in New York City and interned from June to mid August.

SRLP works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence. SRLP is a prison abolition, community organizing, and legal services organization that center the leadership of transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGNCI) people of color. SRLP is primarily known for providing free legal services to TGNCI people in the form of legal name and gender marker changes, immigration status, and prisoner’s rights.

As an intern at SRLP, I was a part of the Movement Building Team and assisted with the community events as well as the direct services. My work consisted of many things from Spanish translating for undocumented clients to participating in NYC’s annual Trans Day of Action.  I typically worked 12:00-7:00PM M-F and attended several community events.

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