Board of Directors
Deqa Dhalac, MSW, MDP.- Somali Community Center of ME (President)
John Ochira – South Sudanese Community (Vice President)
Luc-Armand Ningumirize – Light Mission Church (Treasurer)
Sarah Lewis – Maine Access Immigrant Network (Secretary)
Sue Roche, Esquire- Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (Executive)
- Shawna Ohm – Portland Police Department – City of Portland
- Deborah P. Ibonwa, Esquire – Petruccelli, Martin & Haddow, LLP
- Nélida R. Berke, MPH – Portland Public Health & Human Services
- Randi Greenwald – Congregation Bet Ha’am
- Sarah Lewis – Maine Access Immigrant Network
- Ayman, Nijim, MA, MHRT/C.- 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 57 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.
We are so grateful to our donors for investing in our organization and in the immigrant communities we serve.
a. 24 Preble Street |3rd FL Ste.306 | Portland, ME 04101
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