After receiving her law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, New Hampshire, in 1989, Susana Lorenzo-Giguere began a legal career in public service protecting the civil rights of minorities and the disabled, criminal prosecution, and participating in policy-making and international cooperation to support criminal prosecutions. In 1989, Lorenzo-Giguere clerked at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in the Pro Se Office. In 1991, she joined the United States Department of Justice, where she worked in the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section. Ms. Lorenzo-Giguere’s early voting cases included involvement in a method of election case against the Autauga County, Alabama, Board of Education on behalf of African American voters; the United States of America v. Cibola County, New Mexico and the United States of America v. Socorro County, New Mexico both to protect the rights of Native American voters; the United States of America v. Alameda County, California and the administrative review of New York City’s Chinese language election program, both of which were to protect the rights of Chinese-speaking voters and resulted in fully translated ballots, including transliterated candidate names. In her official capacity, she spoke at the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium workshop in San Francisco, California, in 1994; a conference hosted by the California Bar Association’s Committee on Ethnic Relations in Los Angeles, California, in 1995; and the Organization of Chinese Americans and Japanese American Citizens League Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, in 1995 and 1999.
Ms. Lorenzo-Giguere later joined the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs where she focused on extradition and mutual legal assistance with Colombia, Mexico, and other Latin American countries; and the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, which included a detail to the NDDS Puerto Rico office to work on wiretaps in a long-term, continuing criminal enterprise investigation. She represented the Department of Justice in the United States’ delegations to the regular sessions of the Organization of American States’ CICAD (Comisión Interamericana para el Control del Abuso de Drogas) on the development and adoption of the Hemispheric Drug Strategy and development of the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lima, Peru, and Washington, DC, from 1996 to 1998; and provided training on the Vienna Convention to Latin American Police officers at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and to Caribbean and Latin American Government Officials at the National Defense University for Hemispheric Defense Studies in Washington, DC, in 2001.
In January 2004, Ms. Lorenzo-Giguere returned to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section where she has been part of minority language voting rights cases, including the United States of America v. the City of Springfield, Massachusetts; the United States of America v. Hale County, Texas; the United States of America v. Salem County, New Jersey; and amicus participation in Crimelda Perez-Santiago v. Volusia County, Florida. All of these dealt with the issues of Spanish language access to the election process. She has spoken on behalf of the Department of Justice at COFEM (Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norte América) in Washington, DC, in 2007; and the National, Northeast regional, New Jersey, and D.C. Asian Pacific American Bar Association conferences in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2004, Chicago in 2005, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2006, Washington, DC, in 2006 and New York City in 2006. In September, 2009, she joined the Disability Rights Section and has handled a variety of disability matters including the settlement agreement with the City of Des Moines, Iowa, under the Department’s Project Civic Access, and she spoke in her official capacity on Native American disability issues at the Indian Civil Rights Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2010.
As a result of her legal work, Lorenzo-Giguere has received honors, including being awarded the Civil Rights Division’s Walter W. Barnett Memorial Award and receiving letters of commendation from the United States Department of State, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and the Office of the Governor of Florida. Susana Lorenzo-Giguere also served as an advisor, trainer, and delegate for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in newly democratizing nations. Outside of her legal career, Lorenzo-Giguere is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and has taken part in productions at the Kennedy Center and toured with the Jose Greco Company.