Webinar: Understanding Immigrant Employment

September 19th, 2016


October 13, 2016 12- 1 PM

Free Webinar:

Learn about the legal context for people working in the US, federal protections specific to immigrant workers, & ways to help immigrant workers succeed in their career.

Presenters include:

Jessie Chappell, Immigration Attorney with CG Immigration Law, LLC

Blake Hamilton, Workforce Solutions Program Manger at International Institute

Jeannine Cinco, Employment Specialist with Place for People

Webinar link and Dial-in number will be provided after registration.

RSVP Today

Know Your Government

August 19th, 2016


Know Your Government


The Contributions of New Americans in Missouri

August 3rd, 2016

Today, the Partnership for a New American Economy released new research on immigrant’s contributions in Missouri and highlights the critical need for immigration reform. This report collects new research, data on foreign-born population in Missouri, and their economic impact. Read the full report below.

The Contributions of New Americans in Missouri

The Partnership for a New American Economy brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic, and Independent mayors and business leaders united in making the economic case for streamlining, modernizing, and rationalizing our immigration system. To learn more visit here.


Update: Javier Mendoza Concert Cancelled

July 28th, 2016


The Javier Mendoza Concert benefiting MIRA has been cancelled.  Many thanks to all who purchased tickets for the show.  If you have any questions, please contact us at (314) 669-1288.  We hope to see you at our other exciting events in the future!

Dinner and dancing with MIRA!

July 14th, 2016

A Friday Night with Javier Mendoza


Friday, July 29th
The Chapel… A Sanctuary for the Arts
6238 Alexander Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63105

Join us for a night of delicious food and beautiful music by Javier Mendoza in support of MIRA! Javier is an accomplished singer and songwriter, having worked with award-winning artists such as Ben Folds, The Roots, Santana, Idina Menzel, and many more.  He has been given the honors of “Best Solo Artist”, “Best Male Vocalist” & “Best Pop Artist” by the Riverfront Times Music Awards, and has sold over 50,000 albums independently.  Javier’s distinct sound and style reflect the various cultures and experiences of his background. Born in Virginia, raised in Spain, and settled in St. Louis, Mendoza has been a fixture in the city’s musical scene for decades. Check out the video for Javier’s single, “No”

Doors will open at 7pm.  Dinner will be provided by the Wine Press. Beer and wine will be available. The concert begins at 8pm. Tickets are available for $60 per person, or $100 for a couple. Proceeds will benefit MIRA to continue empowering immigrant and refugee communities in Missouri. A portion of your purchase is tax deductible.   We hope to see you there!

Webinar: Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Immigration

June 30th, 2016



Many thanks to all who attended the Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Immigration
webinar.  A recording of the webinar and a link to the powerpoint slides are available below.  You may access these materials at any time.



Javier Mendoza Concert Benefiting MIRA

June 30th, 2016

Javier Mendoza

Friday, July 29
Buffet at 7 p.m., Concert at 8 p.m.
The Chapel… A Sanctuary for the Arts
6238 Alexander Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63105

Tickets are $60.00 per person, and can be purchased here.

We are happy to announce that the Javier Mendoza Benefit Dinner and Concert is back on!

Join us for a night of beautiful music and food in support of MIRA, and featuring Javier Mendoza.  Javier, an accomplished singer and songwriter, is a winner of the Riverfront Times’ “Best Solo Artist.” He has worked with legendary artists such as Willie Nelson, The Roots, Ben Folds, Idina Menzel, and many more.

The night will begin at 7pm with a buffet-style dinner including chicken and steak, cheeses, fruit and dessert. The concert begins at 8 pm.  Seating is limited, and reservations are required. Purchase your tickets today!


June 28th, 2016


The Supreme Court has recently announced their decision regarding deferred action for parents and children.  Join us for an information session on the next steps for Administrative Relief.  Hear from community groups and organizations on the issues surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on DACA and DAPA.  The first info. session will be held on Wednesday, June 29th at 6pm at MIRA.  RSVP today.

** Please check the following dates and times for all info. sessions, and indicate in the RSVP which session you will be attending. **

June 29th  6:00 PM    

MIRA: 2725 Clifton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139

July 6th    6:00 PM

Journey Church: 625 Meramec Station Rd., Ballwin, MO 63021

July 10th   1:00 PM    

St. Cecilia: 5414 Alaska Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111

July 12th   6:00 PM

New American Academy:  1530 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63104

July 17th   1:00 PM    

St. Charles Borromeo:  601 N 4th St., St. Charles, MO 63301



La Corte Suprema anunciará pronto su decisión muy importante sobre la Acción Diferida para Padres e Hijos. Únase a nosotros para una reunión informativa sobre los pasos siguientes para Alivio Administrativo (un programa de inmigración anunciado por Presidente Obama). Escuche de organizaciones y grupos de la comunidad sobre los cuestiones en relación a la decisión venidera sobre DACA y DAPA.

Para conseguir más información y/o confirmar asistencia, visite www.MIRA-mo.org


29 de junio  18:00 

MIRA: 2725 Clifton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139

6 de julio    18:00 

Journey Church: 625 Meramec Station Rd., Ballwin, MO 63021

10 de julio   13:00 

St. Cecilia: 5414 Alaska Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111

12 de julio   18:00 PM

New American Academy:  1530 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63104

17 de julio   13:00 PM    

St. Charles Borromeo:  601 N 4th St., St. Charles, MO 63301

MIRA Hires New Executive Director

June 28th, 2016

Welcome Marie-Aimée Abizera!


Marie-Aimée Abizera brings both professional and personal passion for helping immigrants and refugees thrive. She comes to MIRA with expertise in program creation, fundraising strategies, and resource management. Aimée has worked extensively with different immigrant and refugee groups and understands their plight not only through her work, but through her own experience.

Aimée was born in Kigali, Rwanda, where she lived until the Rwandan genocide began against the Tutsi in 1994. Her family managed to survive the mass murders that took a million lives in the span of a hundred days. With her family, Aimée migrated to Nairobi, Kenya. They lived as refugees in Kenya for six years until they were later resettled in Nashville.

Prior to joining MIRA, Aimée led in the creation of and the development efforts for Legacy Mission Village, a non-profit organization based in Nashville. Legacy Mission Village serves immigrants and refugees in Middle Tennessee with the goal of advocating for their rights and empowering them to achieve their full potential.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Covenant University in Chattanooga, Tenn., and a master’s degree in counseling from Argosy University.

Aimée lives in St. Louis with her partner, a medical fellow at Saint Louis University.

She begins as executive director on July 1.

Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Immigration Ruling

June 23rd, 2016

June 23, 2016

Supreme Court’s Ruling on Administrative Relief Hurts Missouri Communities

Economy Will Suffer From Loss of Workers and Subsequent Tax Revenue

ST. LOUIS —  Missouri will lose both economic and social benefits from the millions of immigrants who no longer have temporary relief from deportation and work access after the U.S. Supreme Court’s split ruling on President Obama’s two Administrative Reliefs programs, according to a coalition of statewide and local immigrant advocacy organizations.

This week the Supreme Court released its ruling on United States v. Texas. At question was if President Obama’s immigration relief policies, expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) would move forward. The Court’s 4-4 tie left in place an appeals court ruling which blocks the two programs.

A ruling in favor of both DACA+ and DAPA would have deferred the deportation of qualified individuals with work authorization for three years, allowing them to continue to contribute significantly to our local economy.

“Those who would have benefited from this relief are people who have been part of our community for a long time,” said Kristine Walentik, staff attorney with St. Francis Community Services Catholic Immigration Law Project. “Without expanded DACA and DAPA, they are not only living in fear of deportation, but a loss of their economic contribution is a loss of tax revenue for Missouri.”

The U.S. economy would gain $41 billion in new tax revenue over the next decade if DACA+ and DAPA were implemented, according to estimates from the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA).

Missouri would have also benefited from workers and young people competing on a fair playing field for jobs and education. “Administrative Relief would have been a real opportunity to embrace a welcoming approach toward immigrant communities,” said David Nehrt-Flores, organizer with MIRA. “Our state leaders need to work on policies that spur economic growth and community vitality instead of anti-immigrant vitriol.”

Now, the U.S. Congress must act to pass meaningful comprehensive immigration reform. “With the removal of expanded DACA and DAPA as options for temporary relief, the time to enact a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million with undocumented status is now.” said Nicole Cortés, co-director of the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project.