Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA)

MIRA advocates, educates and organizes immigrant and allied communities to spread awareness of immigrant issues in housing, education, healthcare and the workplace.

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MIRA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a membership of more than 200 paid members statewide and more than 700 affiliated members and constituent organizations. The work of MIRA is directed by Bill Chandler, Executive Director, with more than 45 years of experience in union and community organizing. Our organizers coordinate home meetings with immigrant community members, and organize public education forums and workshops in neighborhood gathering places and community centers. Public education and legal advocacy are also conducted by MIRA’s Legal Project. MIRA holds monthly statewide advocacy meetings in Jackson (September through June), which are open and advertised to the public, designed to help us understand the social climate, assess the needs of the immigrant community, and strategize actions around the state.

We Continue To Fight For Equality

Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance’s (MIRA) Civic Engagement Day has contributed to the defeat of 292 anti-immigrant bills and the passage of 6 bills that have benefited our immigrant neighbors.

From June 6th, 2020 Protests in Jackson, Mississippi; photo by Patricia Ice



We organize impactful community-led campaigns that make tangible changes in our people’s lives and sustain broader movements for dignity and justice. We organize in our neighborhoods while helping to lead statewide and national movements for immigration reform, workers rights and more.

Our issue committees meet and give members a chance to identify common problems, devise solutions, and wage grassroots campaigns to enact those solutions. In this way, we are able to cultivate grassroots leadership that ensure that our campaigns and movements are led by those most impacted.


We create compelling digital campaigns and mobilize people each year in the streets to demand enactment of more just policies, driving change at the city, state, and federal levels. Our policy demands are based on our on-the-ground experience: Each day, we work to address critical needs in our individual members’ lives.

MIRA supports pro-immigrant and pro-worker policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels. MIIRA also advocate for the DREAM Act (DACA), the national campaign for access to higher education and citizenship for immigrant youth. It has helped to formulate the Dignity Proposal, a platform for fair and just immigration reform.

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MIRA is a charitable organization

Your donation will support the movement for social justice in Mississippi, by helping to recover stolen wages for immigrant workers, fight police harassment and discrimination, educate communities about our rights, and make sure marginalized voices are heard in the legislative processes.

Know Your Rights

MIRA educates individuals and communities about immigrants rights and how to respond when approached by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.).


ICE + Deportation

We believe that NO Human Being is Illegal. MIRA advocates for a pathway to citizenship to protect our undocumented communities.