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Sandra Park

Sandra S. Park is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project. Prior to joining the Women’s Rights Project, Park spent four years at the Legal Aid Society, Bronx Neighborhood Office, aiding domestic violence victims in the areas of immigration, family, matrimonial, and public benefits law. She previously clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, in the Southern District of New York. Before law school she worked as a research associate at the Brennan Center for Justice, focusing on judicial independence issues.

Park received her J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2002, and her A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1997. in law school Park received several honors including Order of the Coif and the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellowship and served as Executive Articles Editor for the NYU Annual Survey of American Law. She currently chairs the New York City Bar’s Domestic Violence Committee.

Entries by Sandra Park

Pentagon Says Uncovering the Truth About Military Sexual Violence Is Too Burdensome -- Huh?

(8) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 12:43 PM

It's often said that people should be judged by their actions, not merely their words. The same is true of institutions, even the Department of Defense (DoD).

Facing intense criticism for how it responds to sexual violence within the military, the Pentagon has said: "Sexual assault is a crime...

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Myriad Genetics' Latest Attempt to Maintain Its Monopoly on Our Genes Rejected

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling invalidating patents on human genes. The case was brought by the ACLU, along with the Public Patent Foundation, on behalf of 20 medical organizations, geneticists, health advocacy groups, and patients and challenged patents controlled by Myriad...

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Justice Department: Police Misconduct in Responding to Domestic and Sexual Violence Can Violate Survivors' Civil Rights

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 5:44 PM

Far too often, survivors of domestic and sexual violence face disbelief, victim-blaming and shaming, hostility, and a refusal to investigate, or even record, their reports from police. In Puerto Rico, the ACLU found that police failure to enforce domestic violence laws contributed to the highest per capita rate...

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Victory! Supreme Court Decides: Our Genes Belong to Us, Not Companies

(12) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 12:33 PM

Should companies be able to patent human genes? Today, the Supreme Court answered that profound question with a resounding NO.

Seems like common sense, right? But over the last 30 years, the U.S. Patent Office has issued patents on thousands of human genes, including genes associated with colon cancer, Alzheimer's...

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Shut Up or Get Out: PA City Punishes Domestic Violence Victims Who Call the Police

(423) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 8:45 AM

Last year in Norristown, Pa., Lakisha Briggs' boyfriend physically assaulted her, and the police arrested him. But in a cruel turn of events, a police officer then told Ms. Briggs, "You are on three strikes. We're gonna have your landlord evict you."

Yes, that's right. The police threatened Ms. Briggs...

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Separate and Unequal: Sexual Assault Survivors in the Military

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 9:55 AM

Last week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the ban preventing female soldiers from officially serving in combat -- a decision that raised the urgency on efforts to address the festering crisis of sexual assault within the U.S. military. That crisis -- which claimed more than 50 victims of sexual assault...

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Note to Military: Sexual Assault Includes Rape

(8) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 10:13 PM

While it is estimated that over 19,000 sexual assaults occurred in the military in 2010, a rate far higher than among civilians, the government has failed systematically to investigate complaints, appropriately punish perpetrators, and treat trauma and other health conditions suffered by survivors. The profound personal...

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