Social Worker, Family Defense Practice
Eric Ruiz graduated from Columbia University with his M.S. in Social work in May 2015. During his time at Columbia, he studied clinical and policy practice, with an emphasis on child welfare systems. In his first year, he interned as a school social worker at I.S. 117 in the west Bronx. In his second year, he interned with the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s child welfare team.
Prior to joining the team at Brooklyn Defender Services’ Family Defense Project in April 2017, Eric worked for two years in program development and administration at Lantern Community Services, a provider of supportive housing based in New York City.
Before graduate school, Eric worked as a case manager for five years with young adults living with developmental disabilities and older adults dually diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness and chemical abuse disorders. A New York native originally from Long Island, Eric earned his B.A. in Psychology upstate at SUNY Oswego in 2009.
Eric is deeply grateful to be a part of the BDS team, and is thrilled to join the fight to keep families together.