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Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition Inc. (MIRA Coalition)

Many voices joined for justice

aka MIRA Coalition   |   Boston, MA   |  http://www.miracoalition.org

Mission

MIRA Coalition’s mission is to convene, serve, and organize together with our members, community leaders, and allies for the advancement of all immigrants across the Commonwealth and beyond. MIRA Coalition places immigrant and refugee voices at the forefront to advocate for the well-being of our communities. Our vision is a Commonwealth - and a nation - where all can thrive, no matter where they come from or how they get here, and all can fully participate in their community's social, economic, and civic life.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Ms. Liz Sweet

Main address

105 Chauncy Street, Suite 901

Boston, MA 02111 USA

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EIN

22-3115048

NTEE code info

Minority Rights (R22)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Policy & Advocacy

MIRA provides members, policy makers, and the media with timely and accurate analysis of immigration law, policy, and budget items at both the federal and state levels. We are entrusted by our members and immigrant communities across the state to represent the rights, advancement and integration of the foreign-born at the Statehouse on Beacon Hill, and we are the primary voice representing New England in the coordinated national effort to improve priorities on Capitol Hill.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Ethnic and racial groups

MIRA works to empower immigrant-led organizations and service providers focused on immigrants and refugees by building their capacity to organize to effect change at the state and local level, providing trainings and expert support, and leading and coordinating joint campaigns. Our Democracy School program brings hands-on organizing and advocacy training to every region of Massachusetts. We also register and mobilize new American voters through outreach and nonpartisan education.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people

Social, economic and civic integration into a new community can be challenging to anyone, but immigrants and refugees often face the biggest barriers. The New American Integration Program (NAIP) was created in 2011 on the belief that refugees and immigrants are among the Commonwealth’s greatest assets and have a right to thrive and feel at home away from home in Massachusetts, without barriers to their success.

To help knock down the most immediate hurdles, NAIP trains and places AmeriCorps members to provide English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction, job readiness training, and citizenship services at community-based organizations across Massachusetts.

From September – July every year, up to 35 NAIP members gain extensive training and experience to become skilled and passionate service providers, educators, interpreters and leaders as they carry out eleven months of full-time service at their host sites.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Immigrants and migrants

MIRA offers trainings throughout the year with an eye toward developing a new generation of immigrant leaders and educating service providers, advocates, public officials, employers, and immigrant and refugee community members. Offerings include 40-hour immigration training, Democracy School, and other social justice trainings, like Immigrant Integration, Public charge, Naturalization 101, Federal immigration Policy, Know Your Rights, ABC's of Immigration, and more. In 2022, MIRA piloted the “New American Changemaker’s Program” to uplift the voices of newly naturalized U.S. citizens and create more opportunities for civic engagement and participation in MIRA’s advocacy work.
MIRA unites its departments through its strategic communications work, with the fundamental goal of educating the public about the foreign-born and providing members and allies with up to date policy information, and opportunities to stay engaged.

Population(s) Served

MIRA provides citizenship assistance to hundreds of eligible green card holders every year. In addition to encouraging green card holders to become U.S. citizens, and DACA renewal services, we also register and encourage naturalized Americans to vote and become civically engaged. We hold citizenship clinics in partnership with our members and allies, in locations around the state.

Beginning in 2022, we are proposing a new initiative, New American Changemakers Program, following on our Citizenship Ambassador pilot program last year. This program will continue fostering community relations which will improve our outreach for direct services, civic engagement, and volunteer opportunities throughout the state.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Ethnic and racial groups
Immigrants and migrants
Ethnic and racial groups
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Awards

2013 E Pluribus Unum WINNER 2013

Migration Policy Institute

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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MIRA Coalition’s mission is to convene, serve, and organize together with our members, community leaders, and allies for the advancement of all immigrants across the Commonwealth and beyond. MIRA Coalition places immigrant and refugee voices at the forefront to advocate for the well-being of our communities.
Together with our 140+ members, as well as hundreds of allies, we fight for the rights and advancement of the 1.2 million foreign-born people who comprise 17% of Massachusetts' population and a fifth of the labor force, represented in the state’s healthcare, science, and service industries, among others. MIRA combines member training, policy advocacy, institutional organizing, citizenship and referral services, and strategic communications, to drive policy change and on-the-ground initiatives toward our long-term goal of full integration of immigrants and refugees into the civic, social and economic fabric of their new communities, cities, and country.
Our success, of course, will manifest itself in myriad ways, ranging from quantitative measures (number of naturalized immigrants, decreased high school drop-out rates, numbers of immigrants expanding or launching businesses), to more nuanced indicators (feeling welcome and able to contribute to larger communities, feeling safe on the streets).

Organizing
The strength and power of our diverse, immigrant-led coalition of 143+ organizations enables MIRA to organize & advocate at the state and federal level. MIRA’s organizing team conducts hundreds of outreach meetings to uplift concerns from the immigrant community and ensure a continuous flow of the concerns of affected populations to legislators. Annually, our team conducts an Annual Member Meeting in the fall, where we decide on policy priorities and receive feedback from our coalition on how we can improve our membership services and better serve the immigrant community. Every Spring, we collectively advocate for our shared priorities during MIRA's Annual Immigrants Day at the Statehouse, co-hosted by MIRA member organizations and connecting immigrant constituents and advocates directly with their State legislatures.

State and Federal Advocacy
MIRA’s Policy Team convenes and builds coalitions and relationships with other member organizations, non profit allies, advocacy groups, and others in order to create policy change, raise awareness among our lawmakers of issues affecting immigrants, and secure state budget resources which benefit immigrant communities in Massachusetts. Every year, MIRA advocates for millions of dollars in the state budget for Citizenship services, Adult English Classes/ ESOL, Employment Support Services, and Domestic Violence prevention. We encourage our lawmakers to respond with resources to solve present and current crises, like newly arrived Haitian families fleeing political instability and violence.

Training and Citizenship
Citizenship services is one of the most impactful ways we serve immigrant communities. In 2022, we completed hundreds of eligibility screenings of potential citizenship applicants, and submitted 220 naturalization and citizenship applications, 13 DACA applications, and made countless referrals to external resources. We helped over 250 new Americas naturalize, and registered several hundred to vote after they received their citizenship.
We also produce more than 30 individualized training sessions each year, reaching well over 500 social workers, domestic violence advocates, NAIP members, CNAP providers, adult education providers, students, therapists & psychiatrists, and others. Our Annual 40-hour immigration training typically takes place in October.

Leadership development, ESOL and Civics Instruction via the NAIP
As a critical component of the MIRA family and mission, the NAIP trains and places AmeriCorps members to provide English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction, job readiness training, and citizenship services at community-based organizations across Massachusetts. Since 2011, we have placed over 300 NAIP Americorps members at 50 host sites working towards immigrant justice. This partnership has produced beautiful connections with our communities and trains the next generation of non-profit professionals to the world.

MIRA is a convener, movement and relationship builder, and a leading go-to voice for immigrant issues in the Northeast. During 35 years, we have built a member coalition of over 140 institutional members, relationships with legislatures in the statehouse, media relationships and a social media following, and a board which reflects the diversity of our state and membership in many ways. In addition, our staff has a diversity of life experiences, ethnicities, languages and skills. Our institutional and individual financial supporters trust us to work towards a progressive vision of immigrant policy reform, and value the services we provide to the organizations and communities.

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Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition Inc. (MIRA Coalition)

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Willshire-Carrera

Greater Boston Legal Services

Term: 2011 - 2022

Carolyn Crowley

Eastern Bank

Mossik Hacobian

Higher Ground

Claudia Paez

Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ

John Willshire-Carrera

Greater Boston Legal Services

Denzil Mohamed

The Immigrant's Learning Center

Surabhi Ahmad

Ameriprise Financial

Amanda Brown

WR Immigration

Richard Champagne, Esq.

Champagne Law Group

Helena DaSilva Hughes

Immigrant's Assistance Center

Tim Foley

1199 SEIU

Beth Huang

Massachusetts Voter Table

Jerry Rubin

retired

Michele Ura

State Street

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/3/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

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