Sandra 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.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
New York Passes a Bill to Ensure No One Loses Their Home for Calling the Police
In cities and towns across New York state—and around the country—you can be evicted just for calling for police or emergency assistance. Fortunately, that’s about to change in New York. The State Legislature recently passed a bill—unanimously in the Assembly and 58 to 1 in the Senate—to protect tenants from eviction based on their calls for help.
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VAWA addresses a particularly disturbing defense that has been raised by law enforcement officers who sexually assault people in their custody: consent. (Photo: Mark Reinstein/ Shutterstock) Views
Friday, April 05, 2019
How VAWA Takes on the Systems That Perpetuate Domestic and Sexual Violence
Today the House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585). This VAWA bill authorizes programs and funding that support survivors of gender-based violence. But it also does more: It tackles some of the laws and institutions that perpetuate domestic...
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Our society is one that has long accepted and encouraged the victimization of women and other marginalized people.(Photo: Genebel/Twenty20) Views
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
How America Systematically Fails Survivors of Sexual Violence
Before there was Christine Blasey Ford , there was Recy Taylor , an African-American woman who was raped by six white men in 1944 and fought for justice with the help of Rosa Parks. And in between the two of them, there was Anita Hill , Tarana Burke , Alyssa Milano , Lupita Nyong’o , Tanya...
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors Should Feel Safe Seeking Police Help, Not Shame, Hostility, or Indifference
Imagine that you were just assaulted and needed emergency assistance from the police. But instead of responding with care and concern, the police reacted with hostility, shamed you for seeking help, and expressed disinterest in your safety or in investigating your case. This is too often the...
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Sunday, August 09, 2015
Black Women and Black Lives Matter: Fighting Police Misconduct in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases
In the year since Ferguson, we have been reminded that police misconduct and brutality doesn’t discriminate, at least not based on gender. We know that Black women, like Sandra Bland and others before her, aren’t spared from police violence. Several commentators, including Charles Blow , Lisalyn...
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