Contact Information

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

Jennifer Ferrigno
Associate Director
510-465-1984 (leave voicemail in general box)

Also located in our office:

Sima Alizadeh
Immigration Attorney (appointment only)


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.

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.

Hannah Schnell, Immigrant Rights Program Intern (Fall 2017 & Spring 2018)

A student at UC Berkeley, Hannah has shouldered the monitoring of rapid legislative developments in Congress, updating NNIRR's "legislative tracker" and providing timely updates through social media. Hannah also helped us to re-organize our website, streamlining sections and making our information easier to locate and browse.


Ruby Ferguson, Immigrant Rights Program Intern (Summer 2018)

A student at California State University, Chico, Ruby joins us through the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program at Hampshire College in Massachussetts. She is one of 30 summer interns selected from nationwide applicants and placed in social justice organizations around the country. At NNIRR, Ruby is supporting our immigrant rights program, monitoring news, policy and legislative developments, posting on social media. She is also providing staff support to our global partner, the Women in Migration Network (WIMN), in which her academic interest in gender studies will contribute to enhancing WIMN's policy and comunications work.

Mrittika Ghosh, Immigrant Rights Program Intern (Summer 2018)

Mrittika Ghosh is a student at Mt. Holyoke College in Massachussetts, and this summer is teaming up with Ruby to support NNIRR's immigrant rights program. In particular, Mrittika will be conducting research and helping to develop educational materials to support NNIRR's involvement in activities in relation to the September Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. NNIRR will be raising awareness about the intersection of climate change, global migration and human rights.