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Catherine Tactaquin
Executive Director
510-465-1984 ext. 102
ctactaquin@nnirr.org

Jennifer Ferrigno
Special Projects and Development Coordinator
510-465-1984 ext. 103
jferrigno@nnirr.org

Also located in our office:

Sima Alizadeh
Omid Advocates for Human Rights
510-647-5078
omidadvocates@gmail.com

 


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.