Our new Community Resistance Network, powered by incredible volunteers, allows TLC to expand the range of direct legal services provided for the community.
Whether you’re interested in fielding requests that come in through our Legal Information Helpline (as a Helpline Volunteer), supporting our Trans Immigrant Defense Effort (as a TIDE Intake Volunteer), or providing resources to people who are incarcerated (as a Detention Project Volunteer), you will play a critical role in helping Transgender Law Center connect community members with information, resources, and legal representation.
All three positions are remote: commit to at least three hours a week, but volunteer from anywhere, on your own schedule. Find more information about the positions below the form.
If you are an attorney and are interested in providing legal assistance, please join our Legal Resistance Network.
1) TLC Legal Helpline Volunteer
TLC’s Legal Information Helpline provides basic information about laws that affect transgender people in the areas of employment, healthcare, civil rights, family law, and access to identity documents. Each year, TLC’s Legal Information Helpline receives over 2500 calls and emails from transgender and gender nonconforming community members and their families seeking legal information, resources, and referrals, and the number keeps growing. We rely on trained volunteers to meet this significant need.
Specific responsibilities of a Legal Helpline Volunteer may include:
- Help process incoming calls and voicemails, perform intakes, and gather information from transgender and gender nonconforming community members looking for legal assistance.
- Read and respond to helpline emails from across the U.S., providing appropriate resources and referrals.
2) TIDE Intake Volunteer
TLC’s Trans Immigrant Defense Effort (TIDE) recruits and trains pro bono attorneys to meet the urgent need for legal services among transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) immigrants. The program provides TGNC immigrants with legal information and connects them to these pro bono attorneys and legal service providers. It also works with grassroots community partners to develop a community-led deportation defense model that places directly impacted community members at the center of their own defense and advocacy.
Specific responsibilities of a TIDE Intake Volunteer include:
- Conduct initial phone intakes, mostly in Spanish, of TGNC immigrants who request legal aid and referrals, collecting information that will allow us to determine how we can best support them.
3) Detention Project Volunteer
Transgender Law Center’s Detention Project works to end the abuses transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people experience in prisons, jails, immigration detention, state hospitals, and other forms of detention, and at the hands of law enforcement. Volunteers work primarily with the prison mail program, through which we provide incarcerated TGNC people with information about laws and prison policies to equip them to advocate for themselves and their rights.
Specific responsibilities of a Detention Project Volunteer include:
- Enter information about detained individuals who write to TLC into a database.
- Read and respond to their letters, providing appropriate information, resources, and referrals.
As a volunteer for TLC’s Community Resistance Network, in any position, you will:
- Learn about the legal rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people.
- Help us provide information and resources to community members.
- Help individuals navigate our often complex and confusing legal system.
- Help connect people with knowledgeable pro bono lawyers in their area.
- Support TLC’s legal team in identifying potential impact litigation cases.
- Make a difference in the both the movement for transgender civil rights and the day-to-day lives of individual community members!
Required qualifications to be a volunteer (any position):
- No prior legal experience or education is required!
- Familiarity with transgender and gender nonconforming communities
- Commitment to racial justice and transgender rights
- Enthusiasm for the work of the organization and its potential
- For the TIDE Intake Volunteer position, fluency in Spanish or another language widely spoken by immigrants to the U.S. is strongly preferred.