Born and raised in south Texas, Rochelle M. Garza is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Texas in the Brownsville office. Prior to this, she was an attorney and managing member of Garza & Garza Law, PLLC and has extensive experience working with detained unaccompanied minor children from Mexico and Central America fleeing violence and persecution.
As a fluent Spanish speaker and advocate for immigrants, children, and victims of violence, she has expertise in the areas of immigration, family, and criminal law, including how these laws affect her community on the border with Mexico. She has been heavily involved in fighting for reproductive rights for unaccompanied minors in detention, including the Garza v. Hargan case brought by the ACLU on behalf of Rochelle as guardian ad litem to Jane Doe, and against the “zero tolerance” immigration policies of family separation and denial of access to the ports of entry for asylum-seeking families and individuals. In September 2018, she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Jane Doe case.
Rochelle is very active in her local community, serving as a Board Member for the Moody Clinic, a rehabilitation services provider for children with special needs, and as a director for the Cameron County Bar Association, an organization of lawyers focused on fellowship, education, and public service. Rochelle has also received state and national recognition for her work, including from the National Abortion Federation and the State Bar of Texas. She is currently participating in the State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association’s LeadershipSBOT program that is designed to recruit, train, and retain Texas lawyers for local and state leadership positions.
Rochelle graduated from the University of Houston School of Law in 2013, and from Brown University with honors in ethnic studies in 2007.