MIRC board of directors
President:Deqa Dhalac, Somali Community Center of Maine
Vice President:John Ochira, South Sudanese Community
Treasurer: Luc-Armand Ningumirize, Light Mission Church
Secretary: Sarah Lewis, Maine Access Immigrant Network
Executive: Sue Roche, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
Shawna Ohm: Portland Police Department – City of Portland
- Christina Ocampo, Mano en Mano
- Nelida Berke, Portland Public Health & Human Services
- Randi Greenwald, Congregation Bet Ha’am
- Sarah Lewis, Maine Access Immigrant Network
- Ayman, Nijim, FedCap
- Kevin Damboise,The Real Estate Store
To improve the legal, social and economic conditions experienced by Maine’s immigrants – enhancing their lives while strengthening Maine – through advocacy, information sharing and collaboration both through and among our member organizations.
Founded by Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in 2005 and led by Maine People’s Resource Center (MPRC) since 2012, the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, also known as MIRC, grew in size and power from 20 members in 2012 to 56 members located throughout the state. What began as a small, informal yet vibrant coalition 12 years ago transitioned into today’s full-fledged, independent, immigrant-led non-profit organization.
The Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (MIRC) is a unique collaboration of leaders – a majority of whom are people of color – representing diverse ethnic communities across our state. Each are engaged in developing autonomous new leadership capacity to facilitate systemic change in Maine to benefit our immigrant and refugee communities. MIRC represents member organizations that include immigrant constituency groups, advocacy groups, direct service organizations and grassroots community organizations.
At MIRC, we are proud to be the most racially and ethnically diverse coalition in Maine, and our leadership and membership reflect our vision of a truly multicultural society where people of color lead. We are passionate about ensuring that immigrants and refugees are at the table, participating in coalitions and conversations about our state’s economic future and the laws and policies that shape our lives.
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