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In this role Melissa le the affiliate's advocacy department, which comprises 60 attorneys, policy advocates, organizers, and support staff across offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire, and Kern County. Melissa continues to lead the organization's advocacy to end discrimination against women directors and increase inclusive hiring in Hollywood.
Melissa's cases include Garza v.
Hargana challenge the federal government's policy preventing pregnant unaccompanied immigrant minors from obtaining information about their pregnancy options, coercing them to carry their pregnancies to term, and obstructing them from accessing abortion; ACLU v. Hargana challenge to the Trump Administration's rule allowing employers and universities to deny their employees and students insurance coverage for contraception if the employer has a religious or moral objection; McKibben v. Burwella case challenging the federal government allowing federal contractors to deny reproductive health care services to unaccompanied immigrant minors dependent on the federal government for care; and American Academy of Pediatrics v.
Clovis Unified School Districta case that successfully challenged medically inaccurate, non-comprehensive and biased sex education. In addition to advocacy concerning gender discrimination in Hollywood, Melissa led the ACLU SoCal's advocacy to protect the rights of transgender students and adults, to expand access to quality and confidential reproductive healthcare, to increase protections for working parents, to end bias and over-policing and over-incarceration of LGBTQ people and to improve health care for incarcerated women.
She served as co-counsel in Windsor v.
Melissa provided legal assistance to LGBTQ students experiencing discrimination and harassment in schools. She also advocated for comprehensive and LGBTQ-inclusive sex education and co-authored a report entitled Birds, Bees, and Bias which examines sex-ed instruction in more than 80 New York public school districts. Melissa also conducted advocacy and public education to protect and expand the rights of all New York women and teens to make informed personal decisions about childbearing and to access affordable and confidential reproductive and sexual health care.
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