Elena Gaffney

Legal Assistant

Elena joined CAIR Coalition as a legal assistant in July 2019. She has long been passionate about social justice, immigrants’ rights and advocating for under-served voices, and loves the opportunity to conduct “Know Your Rights” presentations and intakes with detained immigrant children in her work at CAIR.

Before coming to CAIR Coalition as a legal assistant on the DUCS team’s shelter side, Elena interned at the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) in Washington D.C., helping survivors of sexual violence in their trauma recovery process. She also worked with Safe House of Hope, an organization in Baltimore, MD helping women in recovery from situations of prostitution and human sex trafficking in their after-care facility program.

Elena graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2019 with degrees in Government and Hispanic Studies. As an undergraduate, she co-founded an organization on her campus called HEART (Human Engagement, Awareness and Response to Trafficking) that spreads awareness and advocates for survivors of human sex and labor trafficking.

She is excited to continue working to gain legal rights and services for the detained children CAIR Coalition serves, and ensure that their needs and voices continue to be heard.