Contact Information

Catherine Tactaquin
Executive Director
510-465-1984 ext. 102

Jennifer Ferrigno
Special Projects and Development Coordinator
510-465-1984 (leave voicemail in general box)

Also located in our office:

Sima Alizadeh
Immigration Attorney (appointment only)


Catherine Tactaquin, Executive Director 

Catherine TactaquinCatherine Tactaquin is Executive Director and a co-founder of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. The daughter of an immigrant farmworker from the Philippines, she was involved for many years in grassroots organizing and advocacy in the Filipino community on issues of discrimination and foreign policy. She is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from global migration and human rights, to race and gender perspectives, and immigration reform.

In 1994, Catherine helped to found Migrants Rights International (MRI), a global alliance of migrant associations and other non-governmental organizations. She sits on the Steering Committee of MRI, represents NNIRR in the Global Coalition on Migration, and is a founding member of the Women and Global Migration Working Group. In 2013, Catherine was selected as the "Grand Rapporteur" for the UN's Interactive Dialogue on Migration and Development and later spoke on behalf of global civil society at the UN's High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in New York. She attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley, majoring in Community Studies.

Jennifer Ferrigno, Special Projects & Development Coordinator

Jennifer Ferrigno is the Special Projects & Development Coordinator for NNIRR. She began as an activist in the Central American solidarity movement in the 1980s, living in El Salvador from 1992-1994 and coordinating political/cultural exchanges for international delegations with the Student Association at the University of El Salvador and the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES). She also co-founded the Melida Anaya Montes Language School and International Solidarity Center (CIS) in San Salvador. In 1994 Jennifer moved to San Francisco as the CISPES West Coast Regional Director, leading the organization to embrace the intersection of its mission with the rights of immigrants in the U.S.

Since 1998, Jennifer has worked closely with NNIRR and numerous Bay Area social justice groups supporting organizational and leadership development, strategic planning and fundraising as an organizational consultant. Jennifer has a Masters degree in Adult Education, inspired by Salvadoran community education and organizing rooted in popular education. From 2003-2007, she supported teachers and program directors in Vermont's Adult Education system, where she promoted popular education as a liberatory method for literacy acquisition and advocacy for the state's most marginalized residents, including migrant and refugee resettlement communities. Jennifer's continued work with NNIRR for the past two decades is a result of her fierce commitment to the organization and its mission. Jennifer is also raising two daughters who manage to remind her daily that she has a lot left to learn. 

Camille Ely, Immigrant Rights Program Intern (Spring 2017)

Camille is working on a range of immigration issues with NNIRR, particularly conducting research and developing background information and updates on issues under the Trump Administration. Camille Ely studies Political Sciences in France, specializing Latin America Affairs. Last year, she interned with the Mexican Commission for the Promotion and the Defense of Human Rights in Mexico City for 5 months. In France, she has been involved in different associations, promoting ecology and solidarity and fighting against France neocolonialism in Africa. She will graduate in September 2017 with a Master Degree and is willing to keep fighting for the defense of Human Rights.

Katharine Hirata, Immigrant Rights Program Intern (Spring 2017)

Katharine is working on NNIRR's Just Borders campaign, monitoring developments on "the wall", tracking legislation and updating NNIRR's writings on immigrant exclusion. In May, she will graduate from UC Berkeley with a BA in history, having concentrated within the major on imperialism and colonialism.  She is in the process of writing her undergraduate thesis on her grandmother's experience in a wartime Japanese internment camp. She wanted to intern with NNIRR because of the urgency of immigration reform under the new president, and hopes to direct her career towards human rights and immigrant rights.


Laura Bates, Women in Migration Network Intern (Summer 2017)

Laura joins NNIRR’s team to support our global partner, the Women in Migration Network, and NNIRR’s international migrants rights advocacy program. Laura will help staff WIMN's secretariat, including WIMN’s advocacy towards the UN Global Compact on Migration. She will assist in the development of key analyses and position documents,  maintain the website and other communications, and provide event support. She will likewise provide support for NNIRR’s responsibilities in the convening of a North American regional civil society consultation towards the Global Compact. Laura attends Cambridge University in the UK.


Ava Kazerouni, Immigrant Rights Program Intern (Summer 2017)

A student at Georgetown University, Ava brings an interest in culture and politics, with an emphasis on human rights in the Middle East. Like Elie, Ava’s work focuses on the fast-developing range of U.S. immigration issues. She will also be monitoring current developments and supporting the development of NNIRR’s legislative monitoring program. She is also reviewing and updating NNIRR’s informative website, maintaining updates to our extensive resources. Ava will be studying the next semester in Morocco.

Elie Lindberg, Immigrant Rights Program Intern (Summer 2017)

Elie comes to NNIRR with a strong background in border studies, having just completed a semester at the Earlham College Border Studies Program in Tucson. She provides a range of support for NNIRR’s immigrant rights program, including research, writing, news monitoring and communications support. Her main focus will be on current legislation, creating a mechanism for monitoring and tracking key immigration-related bills, and further development of our Just Borders initiative. She will return to Oberlin College in the Fall.


Hannah Schnell, Immigrant Rights Program Intern (Fall 2017 & Spring 2018)

A student at UC Berkeley, Hannah has shouldered the monitoring of rapid legislative developments in Congress, updating NNIRR's "legislative tracker" and providing timely updates through social media.