National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Oakland, CA

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) defends and expands the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status. NNIRR has been an active leader in the immigrant rights movement for over 35 years, supporting grassroots organizing, advocacy, education, and capacity building in local communities across the country and particularly on the border. NNIRR affirms the right of mobility, that migrants’ rights are human rights, and that no international border can be a zone of exception when it comes to human rights protections. To accomplish that, we advocate for human rights at the national, local/regional, and international levels.

At the national level: we bring together locally-based grassroots groups throughout the country, racial and climate justice leaders, labor and faith-based organizations to redress the humanitarian crises created by immigration enforcement, and seek long term immigration policy reform —a reform that centers migrants’ human rights at the core of all policy interventions.

At the regional level: through our office in El Paso, Texas, we are expanding our human rights organizing on the US-Mexico border with grassroots leaders and organizations to build collective platforms for capacity-building, knowledge-exchange, and political action.

At the international level: we helped to build a movement with global civil society organizations and international agencies urge governments to fulfill their human rights obligations and provide for the safety and due process of all migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and to actively take responsibility to save migrant lives, as a primary and urgent matter.

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