Elena Lacayo is an Immigration Field Coordinator at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) in Washington, DC. In this capacity, Ms. Lacayo coordinates NCLR’s grassroots and statewide efforts on immigration. She is the author of The Impact of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act on the Latino Community and One Year Later: A Look at SB 1070 and Copycat Legislation.
Originally from Managua, Nicaragua, Ms. Lacayo has extensive experience working with Spanish-speaking immigrant communities in Latin American and the U.S. During her time at the University of Notre Dame, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Liberal Studies, she conducted ethnographic research on a local Latino population in Elkhart, Indiana. Prior to working at NCLR, Ms. Lacayo worked on federal immigration legislation for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby.