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Sandra S.
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Sandra Park (@sandrasparkly) is a staff attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project. She previously worked at the Legal Aid Society, Bronx Neighborhood Office, first as a Skadden Fellow and then as a staff attorney. She also clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in the Southern District of New York. A magna cum laude graduate of New York University School of Law and Harvard University, Park has also worked as a research associate at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Exposing the Ugly Details of the Military Sexual Violence Epidemic

Exposing the Ugly Details of the Military Sexual Violence Epidemic

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Rachel Natelson, Service Woman's Action Network at 5:08pm
On Monday, a federal court judge heard oral arguments in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case brought by the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) and the ACLU seeking records from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs regarding their response to sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic violence in the military. While the hearing has yet to yield a final ruling, one point was clear: the government continues to refuse to disclose documents that could reveal the human toll of military sexual and domestic violence.
Breast Cancer Doesn't Discriminate Against Men

Breast Cancer Doesn't Discriminate Against Men

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:09pm

Today is World Cancer Day. Today we're reminded that cancer crosses all gender, race, class, and geographic lines and that we must work in unity to treat and prevent it.

Should Patents Control What Your Doctor Can Think?

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:55pm

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important patent case involving the right of physicians to think about how a patient has reacted to a drug, Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories.

Prometheus’…

Victims of Domestic Abuse Deserve Protection, Not an Eviction Notice

By Elayne Weiss, Washington Legislative Office & Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 2:08pm

Imagine coming home to find that you are being evicted from your apartment. But it’s not because you haven’t paid rent; it’s because you are a victim of domestic violence. That’s exactly what happened to ACLU client Tanica…

For Domestic Violence Victims, There's No Place Like Topeka

For Domestic Violence Victims, There's No Place Like Topeka

By Lydia Devine, Women's Rights Project , Women's Rights Project & Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 11:00am

In an effort to cut budgets, the Topeka City Council has decriminalized domestic violence so the city doesn't have to spend the money to prosecute offenders.

Your Genes, Your Rights

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:13pm

This post is part of Mom's Rising's Blog Carnival on women's health and economic rights, held this week to commemorate the anniversaries of the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment and the 1963 March on Washington.

When you hear about patents…

 Who Owns Your Genes? The Case Continues…

Who Owns Your Genes? The Case Continues…

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 8:10am

Today, a divided appellate court upheld patents on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The ruling partially reverses a landmark decision by a federal district court in March 2010 that concluded that human genes cannot…

Ending Domestic Violence Requires Holding Police Accountable

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 10:09am

(Also posted on Daily Kos and Feministing.)

Are restraining orders just pieces of paper, or must the police take action when they are violated? This is the question raised by Valdez v. City of New York, a case challenging the failure of…

Flores-Villar: Supreme Court Allows Law that Discriminates Against Fathers to Stand, For Now

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:44pm

Today, an evenly split Supreme Court allowed a nationality law that makes it more difficult for fathers to transmit U.S. citizenship to their children than mothers. The order in Flores-Villar v. United States was 4-4 (Justice Elena Kagan recused…

Our Genes, Our Rights — To Be Argued Monday

Our Genes, Our Rights — To Be Argued Monday

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:15pm

The ACLU was before a federal appeals court today arguing that human genes should not be patented.  Arguing with us was Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, who argued that patents on human genes issued by the Patent Office are invalid.

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