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Partnership for Immigrant Rights

The Partnership for Immigrants’ Rights  is a team of immigration advocates and Northeastern researchers devoted to promoting the health, safety, and human rights of immigrants. The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) founded the Partnership in September 2019 by inviting immigration advocates and Northeastern researchers to convene regularly to develop research and advocacy initiatives that flow directly from the needs of immigrant communities. Since that time, representatives of the Massachusetts American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) have met regularly with an interdisciplinary team of Northeastern academics with expertise in race and criminal justice, health care policy, human rights law, immigration, and sociology. For more information, contact Elizabeth Ennen, Director of PHRGE, at

The Partnership for Immigrants’ Rights (Partnership) aims to protect and promote the human rights of immigrants in Massachusetts. The Partnership pursues its goals by bringing together immigration advocates, interdisciplinary academics, and immigrants for collaborative work on the pressing issues facing immigrant communities, including access to justice, community safety, public health, and racial justice. Partnership members work together (1) to generate community-informed and advocacy-driven research, and (2) to deploy the results of this research in the development and implementation of tools for change, including advocacy strategies, policy proposals, communications plans, legal interventions, and public education campaigns. The Partnership’s work focuses on Massachusetts but provides important insights for research and advocacy in the United States and beyond.

Collaborators and Funders

  • Carlos Cuevas
    Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Co-Director, Violence and Justice Research Laboratory
  • Danielle Crookes
    Assistant Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences
  • Amy Farrell
    Director and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Tiffany Joseph
    Associate Professor of Sociology and International Affairs; Affiliated Faculty in Africana Studies, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Institute of Health Equity and Social Justice Research, and School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
  • Wendy Parmet
    Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law and Director, Center for Health Policy and Law; Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
  • Martha Davis
    University Distinguished Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy; Faculty Director,  NuLawLab
  • Elizabeth Ennen
    Director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at the Northeastern University School of Law
  • Jennifer Huer
    Managing Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law; Lecturer, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
  • Rachel Rosenbloom
    Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Experiential Education at the Northeastern University School of Law
  • Amy Grunder
    Director of State Policy & Legislative Affairs , Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
  • Laura Rótolo
    Staff Counsel and Community Advocate, Massachusetts ACLU

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