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Sandra S.
Park

Sandra Park (@sandrapark) is a senior attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project.  Sandra’s work focuses on advancing gender equality and challenging discrimination experienced by survivors of gender-based violence, and she was also counsel on the ACLU’s successful 2013 U.S. Supreme Court challenge to human gene patents.  She previously worked at the Legal Aid Society, Bronx Neighborhood Office as a Skadden Fellow and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in the Southern District of New York.  She is a magna cum laude graduate of New York University School of Law and Harvard University.

Battle for Veterans' Disability Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Violence

Battle for Veterans' Disability Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Violence

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 9:05am
Ruth Moore was raped by her supervisor while serving in the Navy. After she left the service, she fought for 23 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA") before obtaining disability benefits based on the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD") she experienced after the sexual assault. She is one of many veterans who faced, and continue to face, a difficult and unfair struggle with the VA to obtain the compensation they deserve.

Sexual Assault and Campus Housing: Know Your Rights

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:05pm

The New York Times recently reported that sex offense rates at the campuses and surrounding areas of 12 colleges and universities (including the eight schools in the Ivy League) are 83 percent higher than the overall national average.

This…

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…

New HUD Rules Target Stereotyping of Domestic Violence Victims

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:34pm

Tanica Lewis and her children were evicted from their apartment after her ex-partner, Reuben Thomas, broke in while she was at work. Her landlord decided that Thomas was her "guest" and held her responsible for his property damage, despite the protective…

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.

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…

Human Gene Patents Struck Down: Reactions from the Plaintiffs

Human Gene Patents Struck Down: Reactions from the Plaintiffs

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:18pm

For the last four years, I've had the honor of representing 20 amazing organizations and individuals in our challenge to human gene patents. They include: leading organizations of pathologists and geneticists; scientists, physicians, and genetic counselors…

Are Human Genes Patentable? Supreme Court Will Decide

Are Human Genes Patentable? Supreme Court Will Decide

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:54pm

Today, the Supreme Court granted our petition seeking review of an appellate court’s 2-1 ruling upholding patents on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.  We represent 20 plaintiffs, including geneticists,…

Supreme Court: Liberate the Human Genome!

Supreme Court: Liberate the Human Genome!

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 1:14pm

Today, we asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appellate court’s 2-1 ruling upholding patents on two human genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.  The case challenges patents that pose a serious barrier to using…

Note to Military: Sexual Assault Includes Rape

Note to Military: Sexual Assault Includes Rape

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:59pm

The government has turned a blind eye to these crimes has allowed them to continue, imperiling the lives of victims and degrading their service.

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