We Are All America Refugee
and Immigrant Leadership Table

WAAA National Refugee and Immigrant Leadership Table

Welcome to the heart of the We Are All America campaign—the National Refugee and Immigrant Leadership Table (RILT). As a national leadership program led by a diverse cohort of refugees and immigrants, our group serves as a driving force within the campaign. We ensure representation, inclusivity, and active engagement of individuals with lived experience, positioning us at the forefront of policy and advocacy work at the local, state, and federal levels.

Mission:

At the WAAA National Refugee and Immigrant Leadership Table, our primary objective is to foster leadership among immigrants and refugees dedicated to policy and advocacy. We empower local and state leaders to actively participate in decision-making processes, offering them resources, training, funding, and support to navigate policy complexities and advocate effectively for our communities.

What RILT Offers:

  • Leadership Development:- Our leadership development programs provide tailored support, resources, and training to immigrant and refugee leaders, empowering them to become effective advocates and change-makers in their communities.
  • Policy Advocacy Training:- We offer specialized training in advocacy techniques, legislative processes, coalition building, and digital organizing to equip leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to influence policy decisions and drive systemic change.
  • Mentorship Programs:- Our mentorship programs pair experienced advocates with emerging leaders, fostering knowledge sharing, skill development, and professional networking opportunities.
  • Public Speaking Engagements:- We provide platforms for leaders to share their stories, amplify their voices, and advocate for their communities through public speaking engagements, presentations, and media appearances.
  • Technical Assistance:- We offer technical assistance and support to immigrant and refugee leaders, ranging from legal guidance to logistical support, to ensure they have the necessary resources to succeed in their advocacy efforts.
  • Focus on Healing and Wellness:– We prioritize healing, wellness, and community achievements, providing a supportive space for leaders to practice self-care, resilience, and solidarity while addressing the challenges faced by refugees and immigrants.
  • Community Solidarity:- We foster solidarity among diverse racial, ethnic, and faith groups, creating a sense of belonging and collective empowerment among participants.

Composition:

The WAAA National Refugee and Immigrant Table comprises over 44 leaders representing refugees and immigrants from 21 states across the United States. These leaders bring a wealth of diversity, hailing from 23 countries and speaking 36 languages. Their collective experiences and perspectives inform and guide WAAA’s initiatives, ensuring they remain grounded in the real-life experiences of those affected by refugee and immigrant issues.

Our Impact:

The collective expertise of the Table contributes to a cohesive advocacy approach that effectively advocates for and uplifts the needs of immigrants and refugees nationwide. Through their active participation, these leaders play a crucial role in shaping the strategic direction of the WAAA campaign. Above all, the We Are All America National Refugee and Immigrant Table empowers local leaders to participate in a collective effort at the forefront of refugee and immigrant movements, driving positive change and progress for all our communities.

Join the Movement:

To join the table, please complete the following application and one of our Executive Committee members will reach out to you. To learn more about our highlights and accomplishments, please click HERE.

The WAAA Refugee and Immigrant National Table Executive Committee serves a variety of critical roles in supporting advocacy and organizing efforts for the Table. They are recognized as refugee and immigrant leaders who are committed to the coordination, collaboration, and expansion of the table and are responsible for the following: 

  • Setting the vision and framework for collective action Providing guidance for operations and decision-making
  • Supporting and responding to the recruitment of emerging refugee leaders.

Our Executive Committee members include

Nejra Sumic
Nejra Sumic

Chair
National Field Manager
We Are All America

Kosar Kosar
Kosar Kosar

Co-chair
Multicultural Organizer
Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights

Adamou Mohamed
Adamou Mohamed

Member at Large
Associate Director of Grassroots Organizing
Church World Service

Ali Aljundi
Ali Aljundi

Member at Large
Membership Engagement Manager
Refugee Congress

Anahita Panahi
Anahita Panahi

Member at Large
Deputy Director of Refugee Affairs
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights

Isabel López
Isabel López

Secretary
Digital Organizer
We Are All America

Myrna Orozco
Myrna Orozco

Member at Large
Organizing Coordinator
Church World Service

Nili Yossinger
Nili Yossinger

Member at Large
Executive Director
Refugee Congress

Rose Catherine Mayan
Rose Catherine Mayan

Michigan
Michigan United

Arash Azizzada
Arash Azizzada

California and New York
Afghans For A Better Tomorrow

Hafsat Muhammed
Hafsat Muhammed

Washington, D.C.
Independent Hausa Translator

Karim L. Razzaz
Karim L. Razzaz

Massachusetts
Islamic Society of Boston

Sheridan Block
Sheridan Block

Colorado
Refugee Congress (RC)

Sylvia Nyamuhungu
Sylvia Nyamuhungu

Michigan
African Communities Together (ACT)

Ariel Sepulveda
Ariel Sepulveda

Florida
Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC)

David Malikyar
David Malikyar

California
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

Elena Prozorova
Elena Prozorova

New York
Russian-speaking Community Council, Inc. (RCC)

Sharon Njie
Sharon Njie

Louisiana
Louisiana Organization for Refugees and Immigrants

Ruben Torres
Ruben Torres

Maine
Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

Amran Osman
Amran Osman

Maine
Generational Noor

Marina Chakmakchi
Marina Chakmakchi

Maine
University of Southern Maine

Vanuza Fernanda Mateus
Vanuza Fernanda Mateus

Oklahoma
Yutu Housing and Community Services

Ali Aljundi
Ali Aljundi

Massachusetts
Refugee Congress

Anahita Panahi
Anahita Panahi

California
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights

Beyza Burcak Klein
Beyza Burcak Klein

New York
Community Sponsorship Hub

Bwema Matata
Bwema Matata

New York

Djamal Diouf
Djamal Diouf

Maryland
Mobile Pathways

Dmitri Daniel Glinski
Dmitri Daniel Glinski

New York
Russian-speaking Community Council, Inc.

Ekram Hanna
Ekram Hanna

Illinois
Middle Eastern Immigrants and Refugee Alliance

Emman Abbas
Emman Abbas

Oregon

Fereshteh Ganjavi
Fereshteh Ganjavi

Connecticut
Elena’s Light

Isabel Kayembe
Isabel Kayembe

Rhode Island
Refugee Congress

Jacqueline Mugwaneza
Jacqueline Mugwaneza

Maine
Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition

Jihan Daman
Jihan Daman

Michigan
St. Rita Family Services, Inc.

Kawser Amine
Kawser Amine

California
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights

Kosar Kosar
Kosar Kosar

Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights

Machhadie Micho Assi
Machhadie Micho Assi

Michigan

Matondo Ngemba
Matondo Ngemba

Ohio
Community Change

Myrna Orozco
Myrna Orozco

Missouri
Church World Service

Paul Mwingwa
Paul Mwingwa

Montana
Refugee Congress

Pierre Uwimana
Pierre Uwimana

Florida
Florida Immigrant Coalition

Ray Sookchain
Ray Sookchain

Minnesota
Isuroon

Rodrigue Makele
Rodrigue Makele

Virginia
Church World Service

Sara Louis-Ayo
Sara Louis-Ayo

Louisiana
Louisiana Organization for Refugees and Immigrants(LORI)

Sharifah Hussain
Sharifah Hussain

Texas
Rohingya Women Development Network-RWDN

Tea Rozman
Tea Rozman

Minnesota
Green Card Voices

Zinah Kadhim
Zinah Kadhim

Illinois
Middle Eastern Immigrants and Refugee Alliance

Testimonials

The table helps me connect to other forcibly displaced individuals and asylum seekers. It helps me learn more how i could be helpful as a refugee who lives in the United States of America.

Bwema,

Refugee from DRC

Thank you for inviting me to be part of this group. I believe our strength is when we work together.

Ekram,

SIV Holder