Initiated and co-organized 7 international civil society forums called the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA) in conjunction with the 2006 UN High Level Dialogue on Migration & Development (UNHLD) and 2007-2010 Global Forum on Migration, Development & Human Rights (GFMD). The PGAs have been held in New York (2006), Brussels (2007), Manila (2008), Athens (2009), Mexico City (2010), Geneva (2011), and New York (2013).
Advocated for a Day of General Discussion (DGD) on Undocumented Migrant Workers by the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Their Families (CMW) on 19 September 2011.
Made the protection of migrants’ rights a visible issue in international fora, including the UN Commission on Human Rights, the World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen and the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.
In 1998, launched the Global Campaign for the Ratification of the UN Migrant Workers Convention, which brought together 14 major intergovernmental agencies and NGO networks based in Geneva.
Produced Achieving Dignity: a Campaigner’s Handbook, the first handbook for an international treaty to help governments, policymakers, NGOs, and activists promote the UN Migrant Workers Convention. The handbook is available in English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Advocated for the creation of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants.
Facilitated the inter-regional NGO preparations and participation in the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR), held in Durban, South Africa in 2001.
Post-Durban, MRI published the NGO Platform of Action on the Follow-up to the WCAR. The Platform proposes broader civil society involvement, recommends concrete measures for WCAR follow-up, and incorporates the global fight against racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia into the larger migrants’ rights advocacy agenda.
Supports and coordinates migrant NGO participation in activities of the Human Rights Council; the International Organization for Migration (IOM); the International Labour Organization (ILO); World Trade Organization; World Social Forum, etc.
Assists in the development and connection of grassroots organizations working for migrants’ rights through strategic support, information sharing, capacity building, networking, technical assistance, and international advocacy.