Project Description

Staff Attorney

Elizabeth Paukstis is a Staff Attorney at Government Accountability Project, where she litigates and advocates on behalf of whistleblowers who report wrongdoing at immigration detention centers and federal agencies. Elizabeth has a background in civil rights law, and she previously represented employees in Title VII litigation at law firms such as Alden Law Group and Bernabei & Kabat. Prior to this, at the ACLU National Prison Project, Elizabeth challenged unconstitutional conditions of confinement in class action litigation. As an Attorney at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Elizabeth wrote and edited investigative reports on civil rights topics such as voting rights, employment discrimination, and police excessive use of force. Before this, Elizabeth served as Policy Director at the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, where she developed an agenda focused on expanding access to medical care for inmates.

Elizabeth earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was recognized for Exceptional Pro Bono Service. During law school, Elizabeth worked for the Judiciary Committee staff of Senator Dick Durbin and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section, where she investigated patterns and practices of civil rights violations in confinement facilities and law enforcement. Before law school, Elizabeth worked as a Writer and Editor for the American Foundation for AIDS Research and as a Policy Analyst for the Texas State Legislature. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Political Science from New York University, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Elizabeth is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.