Our Story

Founded by Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in 2005 and was initially fiscally sponsored by Maine People’s Resource Center (MPRC), the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, also known as MIRC, grew in size and power from 20 members to 85 members located throughout the state. What began as a small, informal yet vibrant coalition in 2005 transitioned into today’s full-fledged, independent 501c3 , immigrant-led non-profit organization.

The Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (MIRC) is the convener of a unique, statewide network of 85 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. MIRC represents member organizations that include immigrant constituency groups, advocacy groups, direct service organizations and grassroots community organizations.

About Immigrants in Maine

MIRC’s core constituency includes an estimated 87,217 immigrants and refugees, including asylum seekers, undocumented people, and their native children from diverse countries who are living throughout Maine. Maine’s population grew by 2.6 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to US Census 2020 Maine profile.  MIRC operates statewide, with activities concentrated in the Cumberland, Androscoggin, York, Kennebec, and Washington counties.

As the number of immigrants and refugees in Maine continues to grow, it has become increasingly more important to understand the needs and priorities of immigrants and how to ensure their inclusion and integration into day-to-day life. Policies that create opportunities for well-being and prosperity are needed in Maine, and without organizations like MIRC that have specific policy platforms and work toward them each day, these policies will not come to be.

 

There is also a dire need to educate lawmakers and the general public about the many ways in which immigrants enrich communities and contribute to economic prosperity. A selection of data points from the American Immigration Council appear below (2017):

  • Immigrants make up 3% (44,694 individuals) of Maine’s total population;
  • More than 2% of self-employed business owners in Maine are immigrants, and these businesses generate $48,000,000 in annual revenue. 
  • More than 9 out of 10 (91.8%) immigrants in Maine speak English “well” or “very well.”
  • Nearly 4% of workers in Maine’s labor force are immigrants.
  • According to 2016 data from New American Economy, there were 24,277 immigrants living in metro Portland, alone – a 3.9% increase from 2011.
 

Our Team

Development and Relations Manager

Program and Community Engagement Manager

Finance and Operations Manager

Our Interns

Summer Intern 2021

Summer Intern 2021

Board of Directors

Hermeet

Hermeet K. Kohli

Board President

USM College of Management & Human Services 

Hannah DeAngelis

Vice President

Catholic Charities Maine Refugee & Immigration Services

Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis

Secretary

Maine Access Immigrant Network
John Messer

John Messer

Treasurer

Dina

Dina Yacoubagha

Islamic Center - Maine

Apollinaire

Rwanda Community of Maine
President

Portland Public Schools – Maine

Deborah Ibonwa

Deborah P. Ibonwa, Esquire

Maine Equal Justice

Rose Barboza

Black Owned Maine

randi

Randi Greenwald

Congregation Bet Ha'am

Kevin_Damboise

Kevin Damboise

The Real Estate Store

Charles Carnegie

Bates College

Advisory Members and Contracted Staff

Nelida Berke

Advisory Council

City of Portland – Maine Minority Health Program

Project Volunteer

MSW@ NYU School of Social Work

MIRC Consultants

D&G Accounting

MIRC Consultants

Attorney at Law

Rob LeVine

MIRC Consultants

IT – Volunteer

Past Consultants

Skakalski Strategies Inc.

Past Consultants

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Address:

1 Marginal Way, FL 2
Portland, ME 04101


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Phone:
Telephone: 207-956-7030 
Fax: 207-805-1679

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