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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.

 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 be patented. The appellate court did affirm the district court’s invalidation of several claims on methods for comparing two genetic sequences.

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.

Calling the Police Can Get You Evicted

Calling the Police Can Get You Evicted

By Katie Miller & Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 4:46pm

Across the country, a growing number of cities are adopting nuisance ordinances that impose fines and criminal penalties on landlords and tenants when the police are called too many times to the property. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, landlords may be fined…

Ending Double Victimization of Domestic Violence Survivors

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 9:41am

In 2005, Congress declared: “Women and families across the country are being discriminated against, denied access to, and even evicted from public and subsidized housing because of their status as victims of domestic violence.” This was the experience of our clients Tiffani Alvera, Aaronica Warren, Quinn Bouley,...

Uncovering Sexual Assault in the Military

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 2:27pm

Rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment are so prevalent in the military that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has coined a term to refer to these acts when perpetrated against servicemembers: "military sexual trauma" (MST).

In…

In Flores-Villar v. U.S., Court Should Overturn Law That Discriminates Against Fathers

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:43pm

When a child is born to an unmarried U.S. citizen living abroad, the parent's ability to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child turns on this question: was the child born to a U.S. citizen father, or mother?

If the child's mother is a U.S.…

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…

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…

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