The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is calling on members, partners and allies to celebrate and organize for justice and human rights on December 18, International Migrants Day. On this day, we will be joining migrants’ rights supporters throughout the world in protest of abuse and discrimination against migrants, as well as in celebration of their lives, dignity and contributions.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the International Convention for the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (MWC). Approved by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18, 1990, the Migrant Workers Convention (MWC) entered into force in 2003; to date, 44 countries have approved the Convention.
The Migrant Workers Convention is significant in elaborating on human rights protections for all migrants, regardless of their immigration status or citizenship. On this 20th anniversary, NNIRR will be joining community members and global allies to renew our efforts for universal ratification of the Convention – a task that has grown in urgency with the increase in immigration restrictions and xenophobia in countries around the world.
Here’s how you can celebrate and organize for International Migrants Day with NNIRR:
1. Let us know about your December 18th event by Tuesday, December 7. Click here and send your event information to email@example.com.
Include the title, date/time/place, sponsor(s) and public contact information (telephone, email and webpage). NNIRR will send an announcement of nationwide activities to the media and to sister organizations and communities.
Suggested activities include:
- Media events, statements, press releases
- Community receptions, dinners, cultural programs, film showings
- City resolutions recognizing International Migrants Day
- Protest events at local/state/federal offices against immigration enforcement programs like Secure Communities
- Faith-based events
- You may also want to connect with groups in your area to link with activities celebrating International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10th.
2. Report rights violations and abuses committed against immigrant and refugee members of your community. Click here for a suggested guideline. Please send your report on abuses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the week of December 13-18, NNIRR will share the stories of organizing and report abuses from communities participating in the Human Rights Immigrant Community Action Network, or HURRICANE.
3. Share a quote from an interview of someone who is reporting an abuse or had their rights violated.
You can also send a photograph of the abuse or action for justice, a short video or even a news report. Documenting an abuse is organizing for justice and human rights!
4. Use and share the findings and recommendations of NNIRR’s new human rights report, Injustice for All: The rise of the immigration control regime, during your event or celebration.