Liz Kenney

Liz is an attorney and senior planner in the Center on Immigration and Justice, which strives to expand access to representation for immigrants facing deportation. She works on the 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—to help establish local programs striving to provide universal representation to all detained immigrants facing deportation. She previously worked on Vera’s 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.