Lecturer in Law
Liz Maria Chacko is Deputy Director of Friends of Farmworker, Inc. (FOF), a Pennsylvania-based organization that, for over 40 years has provided direct legal assistance to thousands of individuals and improved the living and working conditions of a much larger number through advocacy and impact litigation. Ms. Chacko manages and supervises the organization’s staff attorneys and paralegals. For over a decade, she has also represented individual low wage immigrant workers and groups of such workers on a variety of employment-related matters, including employment discrimination, wage theft, labor trafficking, and unfair labor practices.
Ms. Chacko began her career as a family law attorney representing immigrant survivors of domestic violence and has spent much of her legal career since then representing immigrant survivors of violence, harassment, and unlawful discrimination. She advocates for client-centered and trauma-informed models of legal representation. Ms. Chacko initiated and now oversees FOF’s Voces project, which provides culturally specific education and legal representation to immigrant women who have experienced sexual violence in the workplace.
Ms. Chacko received her law degree from Boston College Law School, where she served as a writer and was on the editorial board of the Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice. She received her bachelor’s degree from New York University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.