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MEET NNIRR'S NEW INTERIM CO-DIRECTORS!

The Board of Directors is happy to welcome Jennifer Ferrigno and Alma Maquitico as NNIRR’s Interim Co-Directors as we develop a new shared leadership model. Both Jennifer and Alma have been part of the NNIRR family for nearly 20 years and we are excited to have them lead in these new roles at a critical juncture for our organization and for the movement. Their experience in human rights advocacy, community organizing and base-building, fundraising, membership development and more, are crucial to shaping and building the Network's contribution to the immigrant and refugee rights movement. Jen will be based in our office in Oakland, while Alma will remain in El Paso, Texas, strengthening NNIRR’s Just Borders initiative with her expertise and grounding in border community work.

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 Jennifer Ferrigno, Interim-Co-Director 

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Jen has been involved with NNIRR for over 20 years, most recently as our Associate Director since 2016. She has a background in the Central American solidarity movement, and was the West Coast Regional Director of CISPES in the 1990s, where her work led the organization to embrace the intersection of Central America solidarity with the rights of immigrants in the U.S. Through this effort, she began to work more closely with NNIRR and has been involved ever since.  As Associate Director, Jennifer kept the organization running -- working closely with the Board’s Executive Committee, managing fundraising, growing the Network’s grassroots support and facilitating our membership and internal communications. 

Jen in middle back with NNIRR Board of Directors at strategic planning retreat.Jen in middle back with NNIRR Board of Directors at strategic planning retreat.As Co-Director, Jen will be responsible for daily operations of the organization, including communications, fundraising initiatives, and strategic program planning.  Jen’s previous experience in nonprofit governance, working with organizational boards, and her extensive background in participatory education, communications and grant writing will be valuable assets in this new phase of the Network. Moreover, Jen’s grounding in international solidarity and familiarity with the broad scope of immigration issues are crucial to the Network’s navigation of the complex and challenging political environment.

Contact: jferrigno@nnirr.org

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 Alma Maquitico, Interim Co-Director

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Alma is also no stranger to NNIRR! She was a member of our 2001 delegation to the UN World Conference Against Racism and Xenophobia (WCAR) in South Africa. She contributed as an author and trainer to our BRIDGE popular education program, helping to develop human rights monitoring curriculum.  Most recently, Alma has been working with migrant and farmworker communities in El Paso, where she will remain anchored as a Co-Director. We are particularly excited to have this direct presence on the border -- another important link to our border communities, and look forward to Alma’s role in advancing NNIRR’s strategic human rights work, and engaging with partners to build intersectional solidarity within the movement.  

Alma middle front at the mic during a Celebration of the Sustainable Urban Rural Collaborative (SURCÓ) at La Mujer Obrera.Alma middle front at the mic during a Celebration of the Sustainable Urban Rural Collaborative (SURCÓ) at La Mujer Obrera.Alma comes to the role with twenty years of experience in grassroots organizing and human rights activism at the intersection of migration, gender, peasant territories, and human rights. She has developed grassroots networks to monitor human rights violations in the west Texas-southern New Mexico border corridor, and most recently, she was dedicated to rebuilding the  social, ecological, and food territories of first-generation and migrant farmers living under the heavily militarized US-Mexico border zone. Alma is the author and co-author of various articles and publications, including NNIRR’s Documenting Human Rights Abuses to Build Community Power; Agroecological Approaches to Migration, Poverty and Landlessness; as well as various human rights reports and policy briefs. Her most recent publication is forthcoming, Food as Territory: Reclaiming the Food Territories of Migrants and Refugees.

As Interim Co-Director, Alma will be responsible for advancing NNIRR’s strategic human rights work, engaging with partners to uphold human rights standards on the US-Mexico border, creating opportunities that build intersectional solidarity within the movement and partnering with human rights activists and organizations on strategies to eradicate human rights abuses, and build frameworks and political action to guarantee human rights and dignity.

Contact: amaquitico@nnirr.org

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 Guillermo Prado, Graphic Design

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Guillermo has made NNIRR look great in print for over 20 years, conceptualizing and producing the graphic design and layout for the BRIDGE curriculum, Nework News, toolkits, human rights reports, anniversary programs, Recipes on the Move cookbook, and countless flyers. Having worked in the graphic communication field for over 30 years, he has served mostly small business, non-profit organizations, artists and art groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York, Singapore, Chile, and Maldives. Guillermo has collaborated with different groups on a variety of projects, including capital campaigns, films, and recordings. Mr. Prado is the founder and president of 8 point 2 design, as well as co-founder and principal of six word solutions, a marketing firm. Mr. Prado is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

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

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 NNIRR Summer 2020 Team

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We are thrilled to virtually host four incredible interns for our summer 2020 internship program. 

(Photo shows our intern team at a Zoom staff meeting with Jen & Alma, from top left) *Cassandra Otero, Jen Ferrigno, *Elí Alejo, *Ana Ruiz, *Assata Davis, Alma Maquitico.

Each of our 2020 summer interns bring graphic design and art backgrounds and they have helped us to elevate our graphic messaging. This summer's team also brings extensive experience in social justice student organizing and activism. Throughout the summer, the team is working on a number of exciting projects, including:

* Border Mapping and Human Rights Spotlight Report

* Elections 2020 Toolkit

* Mapping membership and international advocacy for Bloque Latinoamericano. NNIRR joined the leadership of the Bloque earlier this year and is supporting this project. 

* Cultivating NNIRR's social media presence.

We want to express our deep gratitude to our fabulous and talented intern teamll!

 

Also located out of our Oakland office:

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 Sima Alizadeh, Immigration Attorney

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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. 

Sima Alizadeh 
Immigration Attorney (by appointment only)
510-725-5950
salizadehlaw@gmail.com