Liz Kenney

Liz Kenney is the associate program director for the Safety and Fairness for Everyone (SAFE) Network—a national network of local jurisdictions committed to protecting due process by providing legal representation to their immigrant communities at risk of deportation. In this role, she supports local leaders and immigration legal service providers that strive to provide universal representation to ensure that no detained immigrant faces deportation alone. She joined Vera in 2016 to work on the Unaccompanied Children Program, a national initiative that increases access to legal services and information for unaccompanied children.

Before joining Vera in February of 2016, Liz served as a staff attorney in the Office of Pro Se Litigation for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where she worked to increase access to the court system for unrepresented and marginalized litigants, including prisoners asserting civil rights violations and prisoners and immigrant detainees challenging their unlawful detention. Throughout her career, Liz has worked in various capacities representing immigrants—particularly women and children who faced gender-based violence—in their immigration cases. Liz graduated from the City University of New York School of Law, where she was a Haywood Burns Fellow in Civil and Human Rights and participated in the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic. She holds a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.