Maine Immigrants' Rights Coalition

Programs & Events

MIRC Programs at a Glance

MIRC’s Current Partnerships/Collaborations
1.     City of Portland’s Office - Economic Opportunity’s (OEO) Advisory Team
2.     Juvenile Restorative Justice Council - Council Member
3.     MIRC/Member Orgs – United Way Thrive 2027 Capacity Building Project
4.     SMCC - ESOL & Global Languages Advisory Committee
5.     The Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council - Building Pathways Maine
6.     New Mainers Resource Center Advisory Committee
7.     Catholic Charities Maine –  World Refugee Day

Partnerships/Collaborations for Member Organizations
1.     UNE - Catholic Charities – MIRC Org - Adolescent Immigrant Research Project
2.     BallotReady- Maine Citizens for Clean Elections and League of Women Voters of Maine – Civic Engagement
3.     Maine UU State Advocacy Network
4.     Refugee Health Working Group

MIRC Members Mapping of Programs & Services Survey
The Maine Immigrants' Rights Coalition seeks to complete a membership mapping and action planning project to lay the foundation for all of our future work. Please click on the link to complete the survey:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12CJH8SGmh1iQZP-2PBFjVKZHnBr6ZjM3kqaXwnOylIU/viewform?edit_requested=true. We also encourage anyone who is interested in this project to complete the survey, whether you have an organization or not but as long as you are providing a service that is helping to change lives of our target population.  Feel free to call or email me with any questions and or concerns. We have also attached a word version of the survey to use if that is your preferred format.

MIRC Member Monthly Meeting
Our member monthly meetings are held every 3rd Tuesday of the month. @MIRC Office – Immigrant Welcome Center 24 Preble St 3rd Fl. Portland.
Join via Conference Call: 646 876 9923. Meeting ID: 503 252 314
Join URL: https://mainemobile.zoom.us/j/503252314

Policy/Communications Committee Monthly Meeting @3:30pm
Currently we have a combined Policy/Communications and Strategy Committee which meets every 1st Tuesday of the month.
Dial-in Number: (641) 715-3580 Access Code: 464-753

Policy Updates
DACA
Here is ILAP's DACA 2018 Announcement Update as well as an excellent two page DACA-USCIS-Announcement-FAQ-2018 put together by United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center.  Their FAQ is very detailed and an excellent explainer. Don’t hesitate to contact Julie Brown at ILSP with any questions. Remember, call your senators and representatives TODAY and demand a clean Dream Act. This link will connect you to their D.C. offices. Or you can contact them at their local offices:
Senator Susan Collins • Senator Angus King •Rep. Chellie Pingree •Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Haitian and Salvadoran TPS Reregistration
The reregistration period is NOW, and reregistration applications must be RECEIVED BY USCIS by March 19, 2018.  
Most Haitians and Salvadorans will have their work permits automatically extended for 6 months beyond their work permits’ expiration date, while waiting for USCIS to approve their reregistration and work permit extension applications. They must show the official USCIS statement or Federal Register notice to their employers explaining the 6 month work permit automatic extension. You can get more information here about Haitian TPS and the automatic work permit extension, and here about Salvadoran TPS and the automatic work permit extension.  

Upcoming Events

  • ASWG Meeting April 6th 2018
  • MIRC Legislative/Policy Committee Meeting April 2018
  • UNE Empowering Cultural Education Class Panel is on Wednesday, March. 27 at 3:00 p.m. at UNE
  • Latino Community Advocacy Committee April 11th, 2018 at Tu Casa at 12pm
  • April 10th is Adult Ed day at Hall of Flags – State House, Augusta

There are no upcoming events at this time.