Héctor Ruiz is an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at Immigration Equality. He provides direct representation to LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants in affirmative and defensive applications.
Prior to law school, Héctor provided legal services to immigrant survivors of violent crimes at Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project and the Immigration Center for Women and Children. During law school, he represented detained asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border with Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center. He also traveled to Guatemala with the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies to gather research in support of gender-based asylum claims, provided representation to minors facing deportation with Centro Legal de la Raza and the Central American Resource Center, and assessed refugee status applications at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
Héctor holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and speaks fluent Spanish and French.