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

Jennifer Ferrigno
Associate Director
510-465-1984
jferrigno@nnirr.org

Guillermo Prado
Graphic Design
8point2.com | guiprado@8point2.com

Also located in our office:

Sima Alizadeh
Immigration Attorney (by appointment only)
510-679-5092
salizadehlaw@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 in Migration Network (formerly 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, Associate Director

Jennifer Ferrigno is Associate Director for NNIRR, and has been involved in the organization for over 20 years. 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. during which she met NNIRR and began to forge a long relationship, working closely with the organization and in the 2000s coming on as Organizational Development and Special Projects Consultant. In 2016, given the demands of the political flow affecting immigration issues amid the presidential campaign period and election, Jennifer assumed the duties and role of Associate Director.

NNIRR Summer 2019 Interns 

Interns Summer 2019Interns Summer 2019We are thrilled to have three terrific interns join us for the summer of 2019: (shown left to right) Jissel Becerra Reyes, Uma Demetria Fry, and Gabriela Rezetko.

Jissel, who had to leave us earlier than expected, came to us from Swarthmore College, and will be a senior next year, with a major in History and also in Religion. She has been active in in organzing around climate change.

Uma will be a junior when she returns to Pitzer College, with a major in Legal Studies and Political Science.

Gabriela attended the University of East Anglia in the UK, in her last year towards an MA in International Development.

Throughout the summer the team is cultivating NNIRR's social media presence; pulling together a profile of all of the presidential candidates' positions on immigration-related issues; developing a renewed website section on the 2020 Census; supporting developing work at the intersection of climate and migration; and also providing communications support for NNIRR's global partner, the Women in Migration Network.

Our thanks to them all!

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Also located in our office:


Sima Alizadeh, Immigration Attorney

Sima Alizadeh is an Immigration Attorney aimed at building and offering accessible quality immigration legal services to the community. She has committed much of her career to offering low/pro bono immigration services to the Middle Eastern and South Asian Communities in the Bay Area. Sima is an active and involved member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has served as an AILA faculty panelist at the 2018 and 2019 National AILA conferences, as well as the 2018 California Chapter Conference. Sima has also served as an expert panelist for both AILA Nor Cal, and the Iranian American Bar Association and has contributed to the writing of two AILA Practice Advisories regarding the travel ban waiver process. She is a graduate of U.C. Hastings Law School, and has committed much of her legal career to community legal services and legal education. Her focus has been to educate the community on the effects of recent immigration actions against Middle Eastern groups beginning with H.R. 158 to the travel ban. Sima was born in Iran and speaks fluent Persian.