ILIANA HOLGUIN is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. She is the principal of Iliana Holguin, Attorney at Law, PC, which is a partner in the Law Offices of Armendariz & Holguin in El Paso, TX. She previously served as the Executive Director of Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services (“DMRS”), the largest provider of free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees and their families in El Paso, West Texas and Southern New Mexico. Under her leadership, DMRS received local and national recognition, including the El Paso Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award, the Bishop of El Paso’s Option for the Poor Award, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild Daniel Levy Award. Mrs. Holguin is the current chair of the El Paso County Democratic Party, having been elected in 2016 and again in 2018.
Mrs. Holguin currently serves as a member of the Board of Managers for University Medical Center, and as a member of the board of directors of the Ysleta Education Foundation. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and serves on the board of directors of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. Mrs. Holguin also currently serves on the State Bar of Texas Committee on Laws Relating to Immigration and Nationality, is a board member of Border Network for Human Rights, serves as the local American Immigration Lawyers Association Liaison to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and previously served on the national American Immigration Lawyers Association Pro Bono Services Committee and Religious Worker Committee. She was previously a member of the Ethics Review Commission for the City of El Paso and also previously served three terms as the President of the Board of Directors of the Political Asylum Project of Austin (PAPA), one of the largest providers of free and low-cost legal services to low-income immigrants in central Texas.
Mrs. Holguin frequently donates her time to speaking on immigration-related issues to the immigrant community and local social service agencies. Mrs. Holguin is also a frequent presenter at immigration and nationality law conferences, and has presented at the State Bar of Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Conference, the University of Texas Immigration Law Conference, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild Immigration Seminar and Skills Workshop, the El Paso Bar Association Skills Seminar, the El Paso Federal Bar Association, and the El Paso Criminal Law Group. Mrs. Holguin has received various honors for her work, including the Mexican-American Bar Association’s Outstanding Member and Strength-In-Numbers awards, the NAACP's Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the El Paso Commission for Women Hall of Fame in 2016.