Hector Ruiz, International Rescue Committee, Dallas, Texas (they/them) is the Legal Program Director for the International Rescue Committee in Dallas, Texas. Previously he was an attorney with Santa Fe Dreamers Project’s office in El Paso. They are a native El Pasoan and a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Héctor is driven by his passion for serving his community and making competent legal representation accessible for all refugees. Héctor focuses on removal defense for asylum-seekers detained at the El Paso Service Processing Center, Otero County Processing Center, and West Texas Detention Facility. Prior to joining Santa Fe Dreamers Project, Héctor was a Justice Fellow with the Immigrant Justice Corps at Immigration Equality in New York City. Héctor is licensed to practice law in New York State. In their spare time, Héctor enjoys hiking, road trips, cooking regional Mexican food, and spending time in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
Legal Landscape for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers at the Border and Within the U.S.