Chief of Programs at Tahirih (she/her/hers)
Maricarmen Garza joined Tahirih in 2021 as the Chief of Programs. She previously held a 21-year tenure with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA). As a TRLA attorney, Garza focused her legal practice on assisting survivors of gender-based violence with complex family law and victim privacy matters. She initiated and managed one of TRLA’s most successful and longstanding projects of the organization, the Legal Alliance for Survivors of Abuse (LASA). LASA is a unique collaboration between TRLA and domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers in the 68 Texas counties served by TRLA. Garza currently chairs the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and serves on the Board of the Texas Council on Family Violence, Texas’ statewide domestic violence coalition.