Enhancing Immigrant Lives for a Stronger Maine
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MIRC is advancing systemic change and equity in Maine through collaborative advocacy for policy development at state and city levels to ensure that immigrants’ voices are heard when issues impacting their daily lives and economic integration come before the legislature.
Our organization values collaboration and the shared sense of purpose that exists among Coalition member organizations. MIRC is successful when members collaborate to achieve policy objectives that improve the lives of immigrants in Maine.
We aim to be a resource of important information for our community. The Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition Ecosystem Map is a map of all the organizations that are supporting immigrants and refugees in Maine.
What We Do
At the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, our mission is 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.
MIRC is the convener of a unique, statewide network of 68 organizations, a majority of which are led by people of color – representing diverse ethnic communities across our state. All coalition member organizations are working to create and support programs and policies that promote immigrant inclusion and integration.
Our Partners and Members make up our extensive network of resources and support for Maine Immigrants. Through this unique collaboration of leaders around Maine, we’re strengthening our community and our state.
Immigration Data and Statistics
Key findings about immigrants in the United States.
We’re continually following and advocating for local, state, and national policy that affect Maine’s immigrant community. MIRC identifies the top issues impacting immigrants and calls upon our supporters to take action to ensure legislation is passed or blocked. Here’s what we’re working on now:
MIRC Policy Priority Platform 2021
COVID-19 Response Community Work
∙Racial, Ethnic & Vaccine Disparities∙Vaccine: Access∙Distribution∙Hesitancy∙Confidence∙Community-led Needs Assessments∙BIPOC Community Investment∙Contract & Grant Support for Ethnic Based Organizations∙Digital Equity
Legal & Immigration Reforms
∙Racial & Equity∙Social & Juvenile Justice Issues
∙Adult Education∙Credentialing and Licensing∙Language Access∙Translation∙Interpretation Services
∙Maine Care∙HealthCare∙Child Care∙General Assistance∙Housing
The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021
“To provide an earned path to citizenship, to address the root causes of migration and responsibly manage the southern border, and to reform the immigrant visa system, and for other purposes.”
On Friday, April 23 2021, community leaders Charles Mugabe (Catholic Charities Maine), Fatuma Hussein (Immigrant Resource Center of Maine), and Jayde Biggert (MIRC) featured on
Portland Press Herald (March 4, 2021) – “Lewiston housing advocates back proposal for new state rental assistance voucher program”.
When we strengthen our immigrant community, we strengthen Maine. Your generous donations help us make Maine a place where we can all thrive.