Tribal Legal and Child Welfare Specialist
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Suzanne Garcia is a Tribal Legal and Child Welfare Specialist at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI). At TLPI, Suzanne supports Tribal self-determination and empowers Native Nations that want to create pathways to wellness for their communities. The projects Suzanne works on focus on uniting various disciplines, communities, families, and individuals with an emphasis on healing and prevention. More specifically, Suzanne’s projects often involve child welfare and court systems whose goal is providing quality child welfare services, positively impacting substance use and substance use–related issues, enhancing Tribal/state collaboration, and preventing domestic child sex trafficking. Prior to working for TLPI, Suzanne served as the Assistant General Counsel for the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California where she represented the Tribe in child welfare cases and developed various programming to support and protect vulnerable community members. Suzanne has also served as a staff attorney for the Domestic Violence Victims Assistance Project, where she provided civil legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in Tribal and state courts in rural Nevada.