Julián Lazalde is a Civic Engagement and Policy Analyst for Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), an organization dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Previously, Julian worked for the Latino Policy Forum in immigration policy work; for various community-based organizations in Chicago as a community organizer in Pilsen and Little Village; as director of workforce development programs at Erie Neighborhood House; and as a program and advocacy officer with Catholic Relief Services on international humanitarian relief and solidarity initiatives in the Midwest.