Migrant & Refugee Leadership Academy

As part of our mission to stand with refugees and migrants, LIRS works to empower new Americans and our network partners to engage in advocacy on both local and national levels.

Each year, LIRS hosts the Migrant & Refugee Leadership Academy (MRLA), a unique program dedicated to equipping refugees and migrants with basic advocacy training, media training, and the tools to tell their own unique story. Participants come away from the event as “alumni” and go on to become leaders and advocates in their local communities.

To read about the accomplishments of this year’s MRLA, check out this blog post featuring five state-level events that were hosted and planned by MRLA leaders.

The MRLA network now comprises 297 migrant and refugee community leaders in 39 states across the country and represents nearly 50 different countries of origin. And many of our MRLA alumni are now a part of the LIRS Speakers Bureau.

Are you interested in joining the MRLA? Contact outreach@lirs.org to learn how to apply!

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