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Melissa Goodman
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Melissa Goodman joined the ACLU of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) as a senior staff attorney in October 2012. Melissa directs and conducts legal and policy advocacy concerning LGBT rights, reproductive justice, gender equity and the rights of people with HIV.

Prior to joining ACLU SoCal, Melissa worked at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), where she directed the organization’s LGBT and reproductive rights work. At NYCLU, she led the organization’s campaign to pass the Marriage Equality Act, which gives same-sex couples the freedom to marry, and a campaign for a statewide law to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression. She served as co-counsel in Windsor v. United States, a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.

Melissa worked for six years as a staff attorney at the ACLU’s National Security Project, where she litigated cases concerning surveillance, excessive government secrecy, torture and detention and the freedoms of speech and association. Her cases included challenges to the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the FBI and the Defense Department’s use of “national security letters,” the government’s practice of ideological exclusion, the U.S. military’s detention practices at Guantánamo and Begrime and the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program.

Entries by Melissa Goodman

Why Are There So Few Women Behind the Camera?

(3) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 2:54 PM

It's award season in Hollywood, and on top of the nominations buzz, you typically see an uptick in people noticing the stark gender disparities in film.

For the past five years, only about 30 percent of character actors on the big screen have been women....

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I Live in a State that Respects Women. And Sadly, that's Unique.

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 7:46 PM

Forty-one years after the historic Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, politicians across the nation are falling all over themselves to take away a woman's right to decide when and whether to have a child.

For the worst restrictions on abortion last year, it's hard to pick a...

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Judge Gags Patriot Act Provision

(2) Comments | Posted September 7, 2007 | 4:43 PM

Today in a historic ruling in federal court, U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero struck down the amended Patriot Act's National Security Letter (NSL) provision.

The NSL power allows the FBI to demand personal customer records from Internet service providers, libraries and others. An NSL can demand that...

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The American Judicial System Gone Horribly Awry

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2007 | 6:17 PM

On Sunday, The New York Times wrote about a truly bizarre criminal prosecution here in New York. It's bizarre on many levels. It involves two men, Mohammed Hossain and Yassin Aref, who were convicted of supporting terrorism after an elaborate FBI sting operation allegedly found them supporting a fake...

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