Contact Information

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

Jennifer Ferrigno
Special Projects and Development Coordinator
510-465-1984 ext. 103

Also located in our office:

Colin Rajah
Coordinator, Global Coalition on Migration (GCM)
510-465-1984 ext. 106

Sima Alizadeh
Omid Advocates for Human Rights


Staff Bios 

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.


colinColin Rajah is a co-founder and Coordinator of the Global Coalition on Migration, which shares offices with NNIRR. GCM is an international coalition of regional and international civil society networks and movements collaborating around international migration policy.


A political refugee from Malaysia, Colin has been an activist-organizer for almost 25 years around Asia and in the U.S. He has authored dozens of publications, and speaks frequently around the world on issues related to migration and migrant rights, and international trade and globalization. Colin co-leads an international advocacy project on climate change and migration and authored a comprehensive report on the criminalization and exploitation of migrant labor through international trade, managed migration, and enforcement policies.


Colin also serves as the Secretary for Migrant Rights International (MRI), an international network of migrant rights organizations He is a co-founder and co-chair of the People's Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA), an annual international civil society process held in conjunction with inter-governmental summits on migration, particularly the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)


Colin served as a National Planning Committee member of the first U.S. Social Forum (USSF), and was co-founder and former Steering Committee member of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ). In addition to being a Fellow at the Oakland Institute, Colin has served as a consultant to the Malaysian Migration Working Group (MWG), the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), Asia-Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Urban Habitat and other community organizations in Asia and around the U.S.