Cruz gave a talk on "Humanitarian Asylum: Acknowledging the lasting repercussions of childhood persecution" during a session on "Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Theory and Practice." She argued that juveniles who are persecuted remain vulnerable to future persecution or other harm into adulthood, and therefore, they merit consideration for humanitarian asylum.
She also participated in an Immigration Clinicians' Working Group, in which people teaching immigration law in clinical settings were able to discuss issues and challenges in the field.
Cruz, who teaches Immigration Law and Comprehensive Law Practice, writes articles about immigration law, clinical education and therapeutic jurisprudence, and has co-authored several immigration-law manuals used by immigration practitioners and pro-se detainees at Immigration Detention Centers throughout the country. The College's immigration clinic represents unaccompanied minors in immigration removal proceedings and received the 2007 President's Medal for Social Embeddedness at ASU.