ABOUT US

ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

MISSOURI IMMIGRANT
& REFUGEE ADVOCATES

Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) is a coalition of community, labor, faith, business and direct service organizations that recognizes the intrinsic value of all people and advocates for the basic rights of all immigrants and refugees.

COALITION MEMBERS

ACLU

Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation

Airport Taxi Council

All Access Interpreting Services

American Immigration Lawyers Association MO/KS

Anti-Defamation League

ASC Justice and Peace Office

Bilingual International Assistant Services

Catholic Charities St. Louis

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Cross Border Network

CBTU (Coalition of black trade unionist)

Empower Missouri

Farmworker Alliance

Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA)

Inter-Community Justice Ministry – LCWR Region X (Leadership of Women)

International Institute

Jewish Community Relations Council

Jewish Vocational Services, Kansas City (JVC)

Joachim and Ann Care Service

Jobs with Justice

Kansas City Worker Justice Center

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

Language Access Metro Project (LAMP)

The MICA Project

NCJW- St. Louis Section (National Council of Jewish Women)

OCA- STL Chapter (Organization of Chinese American)

School Sisters of Notre Dame

Service Employees International Union, Local 1

Service Employees International Union, State Council

Sisters of The Most Precious Blood

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet – St Louis Province

St. Francis Community Services

St Louis Center for Family Development

UFCW #655 (United Food and Commercial Workers Union)

OUR HISTORY

Through education and advocacy, Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) is the state’s premiere immigration public interest group.

Our coalition of more than 30 organizations grew out of the Jobs with Justice Immigrant Rights Action Task Force (IRATF) and Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in 2003. The task force and Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride brought together leaders from ethnic and immigrant communities in the St. Louis area to speak out on issues, including comprehensive immigration reform.

In the fall of 2006, the Missouri House Special Committee on Immigration held hearings around the state. The resulting report issued by the Committee made it clear that Missouri would be facing a very difficult legislative session in regard to immigration issues. Jobs With Justice hosted a statewide meeting to bring together those groups and individuals who wanted sensible and compassionate immigration policy. That meeting launched the MIRA Coalition in November 2006.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JOAN SUAREZ

BOARD CHAIR/ CO-FOUNDER

MUSTAFA ABDULLAH

SECRETARY

RITA CHU

TREASURER

JILL SILVERSTEIN

BOARD MEMBER

DANIEL GONZALES

BOARD MEMBER

KATHRYN BERGER

BOARD MEMBER

NATALIE PORTER-KNOX

BOARD MEMBER

ROBERT SAGASTUME

BOARD MEMBER

HILLARY SINGER

BOARD MEMBER

FLORENCE STREETER

BOARD MEMBER

ADRIANO UDANI

BOARD MEMBER

LINDSEY WALKER

BOARD MEMBER

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