Human Options Volunteer Spotlight: Pro-Bono Attorney Melinda Gomez

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One key component in ending the cycle of relationship violence is ensuring access to legal services for survivors. Human Options offers eight monthly clinics through our legal advocacy program thanks to our volunteer pro-bono attorneys.

One such attorney is Melinda Gomez of Gomez Family Law.

“I began volunteering at Human Options while in law school, and after I began my practice, was honored to start the first non-residential monthly family law clinic for the agency almost 7 years ago,” says Melinda. “Every month, I get the chance to assist survivors of domestic violence with understanding their legal rights, and how to advocate for themselves in court. Human Options provides immeasurable resources and hope to many in our community, and I feel fortunate to be able to contribute in my own little way.”

Melinda is one of our longest-serving pro bono volunteers and has been instrumental in helping to grow our pro bono program, bringing on multiple new attorneys whom now have their own monthly clinics with us.

“Melinda Gomez has been providing exceptional, trauma-informed family law advice to our legal advocacy clients. Her time spent as a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate has uniquely equipped her to empathize with our clients, while her years of award winning time as a family law attorney in Orange County make her an exceptional legal resource,” says Sara Behmerwohld, Human Options Legal Advocacy Program Supervisor.

Thank you, Melinda for all that you do to support our clients!

For more information on Melinda’s law practice, please visit