Akela Lacy is a graduate of the College of William & Mary where she earned her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Italian. At the Pulitzer Center she supports land rights projects with data mining, outreach and research, and manages student fellow projects. Her interests include human rights, human security and social justice in areas of conflict and displacement, at home and abroad. She has written for the Huffington Post, the Pulitzer Center, the Diplomatic Courier, the U.S. Department of State, and William & Mary's DoG Street Journal. Studying in Perugia sparked her interest in lives of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa living in Italy. As a 2014-2015 Sharp Seminar Student Fellow through the Pulitzer Center partnership with William and Mary, she traveled to Turin to report on the 400+ migrants squatting in the city's abandoned Olympic Village and their challenges in realizing civil and human rights. She hopes to expand her work to cover human rights violations, racial and religious discrimination, and challenges to peace-building around the world.