Liz Hoefer

Managing Attorney, Co-founder
Detained Adult Program

Galveston - Houston Immigrant Representation Project team members posing for a group photo

Liz Hoefer

Liz is a founder of GHIRP and has a passion for representing detained adults and individuals with mental health issues. Previously, Liz was a Supervising Attorney at YMCA International Services for providing legal services to detained immigrants the Houston-area detention facilities. Many of Liz’s clients were detainees with serious mental illness who have been found incompetent by an Immigration Judge. Liz has represented immigrant clients before the Immigration Courts, USCIS, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and was a litigation team member representing clients before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Liz began her career working with the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program, providing legal support and resources to Mexican nationals accused of death penalty-eligible crimes in Texas.

She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 2014, and her B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2009. While at Vanderbilt, she worked on the Vanderbilt Law Review and interned with two different migrant farmworker legal providers. Liz is passionate about increasing access to the legal system for those most excluded, and her work in immigration is an extension of that passion.

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