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NNIRR has worked tirelessly for fair and just immigration policies since its founding in 1986. In 2009, during the initial days of the Obama Administration, NNIRR produced an “Open Letter to Barack Obama” that was endorsed by over 3,500 diverse individuals and organizations from 49 states and the District of Columbia. It urged President Obama to act swiftly to end immigration raids, detentions and deportations and to commit to forge a new immigration policy based on human rights values.

In 2011 NNIRR published its latest report on immigration enforcement, Injustice for All: The Rise of the U.S. Immigration Policing Regime, which describes the assent and consolidation of a punitive immigration enforcement system. Injustice for All is the third report published by HURRICANE, the Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network and includes essays and commentaries by immigrant rights activists and advocates from around the country as well as a chronology of 56 cases drawn from HURRICANE’s human rights database.

Founded HURRICANE, the Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network. HURRICANE brings together community members and their organizations to track, document, and seek redress and accountability for human rights violations and abuses committed against immigrant and refugee members of our communities. Through HURRICANE, community members are learning about and applying human rights standards to their own experiences, and contributing to a powerful narrative about the tragic outcome of discriminatory and repressive enforcement policies and practices.

Created BRIDGE (Building a Race and Immigrant Dialogue in the Global Economy), an award-winning popular education resource. BRIDGE has been widely distributed, and thousands of organizers, grassroots community members and allies have been introduced to its transformational workshops. The core curricula is available in Spanish and Korean, and new modules have been added on grassroots legislative action, human rights documentation, and the history and policies of the U.S.-Mexico border. Islamophobia and national security; trade policy, development and migration; and the history of the fight for racial justice in the U.S. are just a few of the topics being developed.

Convened IRRTI – the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Training Institute. The Institute provides al “training for trainers” using the BRIDGE curriculum and popular education methods, as well as organizing and communications skills-building. Participants also have unique opportunities to learn and engage on strategic topics through evening roundtables and discussions with partners and social justice allies.

Played a leading role in building the international movement for migrant rights. NNIRR was a founding member over 16 years ago of Migrant Rights International, a global network of migrant rights organizations and has continued to work tirelessly to strengthen the voice and role of migrants in the international arena. From organizing delegations of U.S. immigrant and refugee representatives to participate in significant global events such as the UN Conference Against Racism and Xenophobia, in South Africa, to helping lead protests at the World Trade Organization ministerial meetings, to helping to organize migrant civil society intervention in the Global Forum on Migration and Development, NNIRR has served as one of the key organizers and proponents of the relevance of global justice perspectives, human rights, and the empowerment of global migrants.