Protect prisoners from environmental threats by compelling public agencies to consider prisoners’ health and safety in environmental decisionmaking and remedy existing sources of toxic exposure.
Melissa is the right person for the project because:
• She studied environmental policy and science at the Yale School of Forestry, earning a Master’s of Environmental Management Jointly with her law degree.
• Before law school, she worked as a grassroots organizer and trainer, skills that will be helpful in bringing together advocates from diverse causes.
In the first six months, Melissa will:
• Research the applicability of environmental law to prisons and detention centers, and develop advocacy and litigation strategies.
• Bring together environmental, prisoners’ rights, and immigrants rights’ experts to help build a coalition to address these environmental problems.
• Begin developing materials and capacity-building workshops to equip prisoners’ and immigrants’ rights advocates to identify and address environmental threats