Programs and Issues
NNIRR Programs and other Initiatives
At the heart of NNIRR's very founding is the fight for essential rights and protections for all immigrants, regardless of immigration status. Here we share new developments, such as Obama's Exectuive Action of November 2014, as well as some of the documents that have spelled out our framework, values, and positions over the years.
NNIRR is currently prioritizing "the border" as a focal point for immigrant rights and immigration policy reform. Even with President Obama's executive action of November, 2014, to provide administrative relief from deportation for potentially over 4 million qualifiying undocumented immigrants, immigration enforcement will be focused on the border, with increased resources and continuation of policies such as Operation Streamline. NNIRR will be working with members and partners in the border region to help build nationwide awareness and support for human rights at the border, for de-militarization, and an end to migrant deaths. This work will be complemented by our advocacy for human rights at international borders, part of a global initiative with the UN and civil society partners.
- Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network (HURRICANE) – An initiative for community members, organizers and advocates to dialogue and develop a shared vision of the changes we want. HURRICANE offers a tool for communities to document human rights abuses and build community power, seek accountability and get the justice they want.
- 100 Stories Project: gathering testimonies of community members affected by abuses, to put a human face to the issue and lift up the voices of immigrant communities experiencing deep injustice in their daily lives.
- Trade - Managed Migration - Repression: Reporting and advocacy against exploitative Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and other international policies
- International Advocacy: Policy monitoring and advocacy through inter-governmental bodies such as the Global Forum on Migration & Development (GFMD), UN Human Rights Council, International Labour Organisation (ILO), World Trade Organisation (WTO), other UN agencies
- International Networking: Building international partnerships and alliances for unified international advocacy and action.
- Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Era (BRIDGE) – A curriculum for social change
- Immigrant and Refugee Rights Training Institute (IRRTI)
This project was proposed by our LGBT members who are eager to raise awareness about "LGBT issues" in our diverse immigrant communities, promote rights, and support organizing and leadership development. In coordination with the project, NNIRR had also become a national partner with the Western States Center's "Uniting Communities" education program addressing LGBT issues among communities of color. While this is no longer an "active" project, our commitment, resources and connections remain in place.
While NNIRR has organized and advocated for immigrant and refugee women's rights for many years, Raising Women's Voices for Immigrant Justice will help to nurture our longterm work in this area. Through this project we hope to build connections, engage immigrant and refugee women’s groups, raise the profile of the impacts of restrictive and discriminatory immigration enforcement policies and practices on immigrant women, and strengthen alliance building with key groups in the women’s movement. It will help to bring a new voice--that of unified women‐‐to the table to push for fair and just immigration policies and practices.
The project also brings together the "intersections" of our work: supporting organizing and leadership development at the grassroots level, and advocacting for the rights of migrant women at the global level.