Melina staffs the Gotham Health legal clinics in East NY and Morrisania, as well as the Community Care of Brooklyn PPS legal clinic at Housing Works in Brooklyn, NY.. Prior to joining NYLAG, Melina was a Columbia Public Interest Fellow at the Safe Passage Project and specialized in humanitarian-based immigration relief and representing unaccompanied minors in immigration and family court cases. During law school Melina interned with the Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration and participated in the Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth Externship with the Legal Aid Society. Melina received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School.