Rights, Justice & Dignity on International Migrants Day


Today, on December 18, International Migrants Day, we are joining with migrants, rights advocates and allies in support of human rights, justice and dignity for all migrants. This year, we encourage you to lift your voices to call for human rights at all international borders, and for an end to the detention and deportation of migrants. 

Even while millions of undocumented immigrants in this country will find a temporary relief from deportation in the coming months, we are reminded every day of those migrants here and around the world -- more than 232 million people -- who face hardship and trauma, abuse, discrimination, detention, family separation, deportation, and dangerous journeys. There is much to do to uphold human rights, end repressive migration policies, and save lives.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, in his message for this year's International Migrants Day, noted, "Far too many migrants live and work in precarious and unjust conditions. Many risk their lives at sea, attempting to seek sanctuary. They and their children are extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Many are deprived of their liberty, rather than met with empathy and necessary protection. Persistent discrimination against migrants generates sharp inequalities, threatens the social fabric, and all too often, leads to violent and deadly attacks."

Check out our informational page on International Migrants Day, including background information, downloadable flyers in English and Spanish, and more.

Please join us in tweeting messages to support and raise awareness migrant rights and justice throughout the day. Share your messages, photos and activities on Facebook and on Twitter and consider the following tags:







Let's storm social media with our call for rights and justice!

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Advancing Human Rights at International Borders

A new document at the UN, "Recommended Principles and Guidelines for Human Rights at International Borders," provides an important opportunity to tackle one of the serious issues for migrants -- their situation at international borders. Initiated through the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the document will help to center a new international initiative to promote human rights and standards worldwide. NNIRR will be working with global partners in the upcoming months to develop this campaign and to connect it with our own efforts in the U.S.  Click here for more information about this recent development.

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Endorse the Call for U.S. Ratification of the UN Migrant Workers Convention

2015 will be the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Protection of Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members  of Their Families, also known as the Migrant Workers Convention. This will be a great opportunity to showcase our demand for migrants' rights worldwide. Keep posted for the global initiative for this yearlong celebration and campaign!

Click here to add your organization's name to the pledge of support for U.S. ratification of the Migrant Workers Convention. This is part of our ongoing initiative to emphasize the importance of U.S. acknowledgement and respect for the human rights of migrants. Click here for more information about the Convention.

Click here to add your individual name to the pledge of support for ratification of the Migrant Workers Convention.

Please remember NNIRR in your end-of-the-year giving! Thank you for your support.