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Sandra S.
Park

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.

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 if the police are called to the premises three or more times within 30 days. While the stated goal is to deter crime and recoup costs, these ordinances endanger domestic violence survivors, particularly women of color.

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…

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…

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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