Streetwise & Safe (SAS) —also known as SAS—is a project in New York City that shares the ins & outs, do’s & don’ts and street politics of encounters between LGBTQQ youth of color and the police. We also stand for and with LGBTQQ and youth with experience trading sex for survival needs. We feel knowing your rights makes you more confident in protecting yourself during and after interactions with the police. We also know that the reality is that the police don’t always respect our rights but knowing what they are is important so that we can fight for them later. We also create a space to share strategies to stay safe from all forms of violence experienced by LGBTQQ youth and advocate for policies that will change the ways police interact with us.
- SAS joins over two dozen LGBT organizations in statement in support of Right to Know Act – read statement here and press release here, and check out Chris Bilal’s testimony to New York City Council today here!
- SAS quoted in Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing; coauthors statement by LGBT organizations.
- Streetwise and Safe joins civil rights and LGBT organizations across the country in celebrating today’s introduction of the End Racial Profiling Act of 2015 which, consistent with the recently issued U.S. Department of Justice guidance on profiling and the recommendations of the Interim Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, expands the ban on racial profiling to include profiling based on gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
- SAS joined with national organizations in applauding the new guidelines on profiling by federal law enforcement agencies issued by the U.S. Department of Justice which extend the ban to profiling based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and calling for expansion to make the provisions of the guidance mandatory for all federal law enforcement agencies as well as state and local law enforcement.
- SAS joined with the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Center for American Progress, and Center for HIV Law and Policy to launch A Roadmap for Change: Addressing Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV. Check out video of the launch here and a blog coauthored by SAS Coordinator Andrea Ritchie and former NAACP President Ben Jealous here!
- SAS joined with the Access to Condoms Coalition in responding to the NYPD’s recent announcement on the use of condoms as evidence of intent to engage in prostitution-related offenses.
- SAS and BreakOUT! launch national LGBT “know your rights” campaign and co-host first ever pre-conference institute on policing of LGBT people at Creating Change!
- Check out Streetwise and Safe (SAS)’ recommendations to incoming New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to promote and protect the rights of LGBTQ youth of color!
- Our 2013 Newsletter is out! Check out our accomplishments and victories over the past year, in words and images from SAS youth leaders!
- Statement from the Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, SAS and SRLP on closing of Queers for Economic Justice.
- Streetwise and Safe (SAS), New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) and 34 national, international and local LGBTQ organizations successfully called for override of Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of historic legislation creating first enforceable ban against profiling based on race, national origin sexual orientation, gender & gender identity, age, housing status, immigration status, religion, disability and HIV status.
- Check out our Interactive Map of the Criminal Injustice System!
- Read the testimony of SAS Campaign Staff Chris Bilal and SAS Youth Leader Mitchyll Mora before City Council in support of the Community Safety Act!
- Read recent media coverage of SAS youth speaking out about stop and frisk and other forms of discriminatory, unlawful and abusive policing, click here: Media