Kentucky Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Kentucky Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

name = Kentucky Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
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headquarters = Lexington, KY
formation = 2006
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The Kentucky Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (KCIRR) is a Kentucky, USA grassroots community organization based in Lexington, Kentucky.


KCIRR began in 2006 as a coalition of immigrants, activists and allies working together to organize local and statewide responses to the Sensenbrenner Bill, also known as H.R. 4437, and in support of just, humane, and comprehensive immigration reform.

On April 10, 2006, KCIRR organized "10-10-10", which was a rally in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Over 10,000 supporters gathered in the Courthouse Plaza of downtown Lexington, Kentucky for the event. It was the largest rally in recent Kentucky history.

On February 21, 2007, working with diverse allies, the group organized a historic first Immigrant and Refugee Rights Advocacy Day in Kentucky. With over eighty people in attendance, the day was historic as the first event singularly in support of immigrant and refugee rights at the Kentucky State Capitol.

Current Activities

Public Education

KCIRR regularly organizes forums, film screenings, panel discussions, community education meetings in partnership with other groups and communities across the state on a variety of topics including: Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Know Your Rights, Naturalization, Citizenship, Deportation, Detention, Organizing, Legislative Updates, Local Policies [] [] [] , the History of Immigration, Rights Violation Reporting, Raid Preparation, LGBT Immigration Issues, Human Trafficking, Gang Prevention [] , and Diversity Issues [] .

On June 9-10, 2007 a board member of the organization, Dianet Plucinksi, ran eighty miles from Louisville, KY to Lexington, KY in recognition of the thousands who have died crossing the US-Mexico Border. Proceeds from the event supported Border Angels, an organization providing water and emergency assistance at the US-Mexico Border. []

At a January 2008 event attended by over 200 members of the immigrant community, KCIRR and community partners raised awareness and educated the community on local policy changes in Lexington, KY.

Leadership Development

In November 2007 KCIRR launched a leadership development program designed to educate immigrant communities about the history of immigration, citizenship and naturalization, the electoral process, leadership, organizing, and solidarity across social justice movements. The inaugural program included participants from six countries including Venezuela, Uruguay, Honduras, Mexico, the United States, and Haiti.

Legislative and Administrative Advocacy

To a limited extent, KCIRR advocates for change in local, state, and federal legislation. Since 2007 the group has supported a Kentucky Senate Bill sponsored by Sen. Ernesto Scorsone which would allow increased access to KY State Driver Licenses and automobile insurance []


Registered in Kentucky in August 2006 as the Kentucky Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Inc., KCIRR is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity and is governed by a volunteer board of directors including:

*Freddy Peralta, President
*Rachel A. Newton
*Dianet Plucinski, Treasurer
*Marissa Castellanos, Secretary
*Brian L. Rich
*Isela Arras
*Ron Russel
*Marty Deputy
*Kerby Neill

External links

* [ Kentucky Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights]
* [ Kentucky Immigrant and Refugee Rights Advocacy Day]
* [ Guidestar Report]
* [ Advocates Say Immigrants Worried]
* [ Immigrant Communities Support the Jena 6 Movement]
* [ Kentucky Youth Advocates - Immigrant & Refugee]
* [ Immigrants Rights Action Alert in Lexington]
* [ Athletes will run 65 miles for immigration reform]
* [ KCIRR, Next Steps]

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