Melanie is a staff attorney in the Immigrants’ Rights practice area. Prior to joining TakeRoot Justice, Melanie was a Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney at Covenant House New York, where she represented runaway and homeless youth in a range of civil legal issues, including collateral consequences of criminal proceedings, consumer and immigration matters. Prior to law school, Melanie worked on the development of an adolescent sexual health program in Cape Town, South Africa. Melanie received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Development Studies from Brown University.