In Memory of Senior Forensic Document Examiner Elizabeth Gil


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Source: John J. Ross, Jr., MFS, Homeland Security Investigations Forensic Laboratory Unit Chief

The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Forensic Laboratory mourns the passing of AAFS Questioned Documents Section Associate Member and Senior Forensic Document Examiner Elizabeth “Lisa” Gil. Lisa fought a courageous battle with cancer and was surrounded by her family when she passed on January 21, 2022.

Lisa’s life was filled with love, laughter, and accomplishments. Lisa graduated from Wells College, Aurora, New York in 1996 and received her Master of Forensic Sciences degree from The George Washington University in 2001. That same year, she joined the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Forensic Document Laboratory, which later became the Homeland Security Investigations Forensic Laboratory. Lisa had a distinguished career as a board-certified Forensic Document Examiner at the HSI Forensic Laboratory for the past 20 years. She excelled at conducting technical research and was a world-renown subject matter expert in document security design and counterfeit deterrence. Lisa was a published author and coveted speaker at domestic and international conferences.

Lisa will be remembered for her unbridled laughter that filled a room. Her commitment to the HSI Special Agent Cadet Program in conjunction with Georgetown Hospital was a testament to her loving and caring spirit. She was also a talented artist and avid photographer, as evident by the artwork and vast collection of family photos that adorned her office. Her loss is felt by everyone at the Forensic Laboratory and colleagues throughout the world.

Lisa was first and foremost a loving mother who valued spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Dave; their two children; and her mother, father, and sister.

Donations in her honor can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the following link: Memorial donations and gifts – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org). Tributes to Lisa can also be sent to the following email address – hsi-flquestioneddocuments@ice.dhs.gov.