The Welfare Justice Campaign

The Welfare Justice Campaign

Since 2005, 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 harassment that Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people in New York City face when seeking to access welfare/public assistance.

In June of 2008, a week before the Fourth Annual Trans Day of Action (annual March organized by TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project) which was set to protest at HRA headquarters, HRA officials agreed to meet with TransJustice to hear community concerns. After this first meeting with HRA in the Fall of 2008, TransJustice formed a committee of organizations including the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Housing Works, Queers for Economic Justice and others, to develop a HRA procedure to address transphobic discrimination at HRA. To date HRA has not approved this new procedure.

We need everyone's help to call on the NYC HRA to approve and implement this new procedure. In 2005 the New York City Human Resources Administration and a Citizen Advisory Transgender Sub Committee developed the Best Practice Protocols for Working With and Serving Trans and Gender Non Conforming Employees and Clients (the new procedure is based on this document). These protocols sat on the shelf for years and were never implemented or adopted by HRA. This cannot happen again.

Take Action: Help TransJustice by signing the online petition or collecting postcards, responding to action alerts, attending campaign-related events, endorsing the campaign, or joining TransJustice.

Campaign Updates

  • TransJustice Community School

    Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 4pm-8pm

    Please note, some folks have mentioned that the session times (4pm-8pm) are a challenge, we encourage folks to please apply anyways as we may be able to work something out.


    Applications are Due February 3, 2010

    Stipends & Metrocards Provided to Participants 


    The TransJustice Community School is for People of Color who identify as Trans and Gender Non Conformingfor example people of color who identify as trans, gender non-conforming, gender variant, gender deviant, butch lesbians, drag queens, bi-gendered, Two-Spirit, drag kings, femme queens, A.G., gender queer, non-gendered, andro, crossdressers, gender-benders, and more. 


    The TransJustice Community School aims to strengthen our community and ourselves and build participants confidence and self-esteem.  The TransJustice Community School will focus on building the leadership of Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color, while participating in a larger multi-racial, multi-gender community that fights injustice facing those who are most historically targeted in the U.S.  Through discussions and panels, workshops, visiting other groups and experience participants will: 

    • Learn how to and teach others to be self-advocates regarding Know Your Rights as it relates to: HRA, Housing Authorities, the Police System, and Health Care.
    • Learn how to do public speaking related to ALP/TransJustice and the Welfare Justice Campaign.
    • Learn how to identify and share crisis and sustainable living resources related to:  health care, housing, legal issues, counseling and other common issues in our community.
    • Learn how to facilitate meetings and how to make decisions and plan in a group setting.
    • Learn what goes into planning, executing and evaluating parts of a campaign.
    • Learn from experienced community members lessons on personal and community based survival.


    The TransJustice Community School is an eight week program that will begin on February 16th, 2010 and will end on April 10, 2010

    • There will be 3 sessions a week from 4pm-8pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 
    • There is no fee for participation.  Participants will receive a meal at each session, a $70 weekly stipend, metrocards, and a certificate of completion (full participation is required).  On time attendance at all sessions is also required. 
    • Location will be at ALP, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY. 


    HOW TO APPLY:  Complete and return the application by February 3, 2010. Send form by email totransjusticeatalp [dot] org or fax to 718.596.1328 or mail to ALP, 85 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217.  For more info contact transjusticeatalp [dot] org or Mya (ext. 23) or Jen (ext. 32) at 718-596-0342. 

    Find out more.

  • Community Win for Welfare Justice!

    Over the last six years as a community we have made our voices heard, culminating over the last two days in a fax and phone blast, and ending today with approval of a new procedure for serving Trans and Gender Non Conforming clients at New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA). Trans and Gender Non Conforming communities, allies, friends and family have let the New York City Human Resources Administration know of our demands an end to transphobic discrimination and harassment in New York City’s Welfare system. Supporters from across the country called and faxed HRA. 
    Read more »

  • Trans Day of Remembrance and Welfare Justice Launch!

    Friday, November 20, 2009 - 6:00pm - 11:00pm

    Come celebrate Trans Day of Remembrance and the Welfare Justice Campaign Launch Party. This is a time to remember the Trans and Gender Non Conforming folks who hold a special place in our hearts. We also wish to celebrate and update folks about the Welfare Justice Campaign.


    November 20th, 2009

    at the Audre Lorde Project

    6pm-8pm Trans Day of Remembrance

    8pm-11pm Launch Party

    Find out more.


    To date the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) still has not approved the procedure to prevent the rampant transphobic discrimination and harassment faced by Trans and Gender Non Conforming People on Public Assistance/Welfare.

    Thank you to everyone who signed a Postcard to Commissioner Doar or Signed the Electronic Petition (Postcards and Petitions) over the last few months.

    To continue to pressure the NYC Human Resources Administration we are now seeking campaign endorsers. Read more »

  • ALP In the Media: Transgender Community Turns Up Heat on NYC Welfare Agency

    Housing Works AIDS Issues Update, September 10, 2009 -

    New York City’s transgender community is making another push in its four-year-old campaign to force New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) to implement a policy to address discrimination and harassment of trans and gender non-conforming people.

    Read more.