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Julian Melendi

Student Fellow

Julian is a senior at Yale University studying Political Science with an Interdisciplinary Concentration in Law, Technology, and Society. He is an Undergraduate Fellow at the Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law at Yale Law School. Julian is passionate about tackling privacy issues from a public-interest perspective, fighting for victims of discriminatory and faulty government surveillance technologies through impact litigation, pro bono legal services, and policy advocacy. Julian is an intern with the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, where he supports advocacy and litigation efforts to protect New Yorkers’ privacy and has testified at City Hall on the disparate impact of surveillance technology on civil liberties and BIPOC communities. At Yale, Julian is the Project Director for the Graphix Project, an international human rights project based out of the Schell Center at Yale Law School, which seeks to create an online platform for human rights activists to connect and learn from each other. Julian is also the President of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science honors society. He is a member of the Yale Debate Association, Yale Political Union, and Yale Model Congress. Julian also serves on the Political Science Undergraduate Advisory Committee where he helps shape departmental policy and coordinates events. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the undergraduate think-tank Crossfire KM. Julian has previously worked in the United States Senate and the nonprofit pro-democracy advocacy space. As a public-interest technologist, Julian strives for a world wherein technology is used for good and becomes a bedrock of democracy.