About Immigrant Action

Immigrant Action is pioneering a new immigrant power-building concept by building a large base of dues-paying individual members who will be directly plugged into potent immigrant rights advocacy campaigns. Working with our sister 501(c)(3) organization, the New York Immigration Coalition, Immigrant Action will outreach to the over 175 nonprofit organizations serving immigrants in New York State.

In order to increase the political potency of the immigrant vote Immigrant Action endorses candidates and elected officials who stand up for immigrant communities and against anti-immigrant opponents. Immigrant Action engages in targeted advocacy on specific immigrant-related issues such as legislative scorecards, pointed advocacy flyers highlighting individual elected officials’ stances, and intensive grassroots and direct lobbying of elected officials.

Immigrant Action is a founding board member of Movement of Immigrants in America (Mia), a national 501(c)(4) membership organization.

Our Values

  • Immigrant Action supports candidates and elected officials who have demonstrated a commitment to fighting for immigrant rights, listening and responding to community needs, and pushing back against anti-immigrant hate. This includes, but is not limited to, support for the New York DREAM Act, access to healthcare for all New Yorkers regardless of status and the full integration of immigrants into New York life.

  • Immigrant Action believes in the power of immigrants to tell their own stories and to be the most effective voices speaking out for their communities.

  • Immigrant Action believes that all New Yorkers, regardless of national origin, legal status, race, ethnicity, language proficiency or geographic location deserve to be fairly and fully represented in all levels of government.

Our History

Immigrant Action was founded in 2007 in order to make sure immigrants had a seat at the table of the national comprehensive immigration reform debate. From 2008 to 2015 the organization would activate at critical times for immigration policy and elections. In 2016, Immigrant Action endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in advance of the New York primary elections and a slate of other candidates for the September Primary and November General elections.

OUR STAFF

Steven Choi, Esq.
Executive Director

In addition to his role at Immigrant Action, Steve Choi, Esq. is the Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, an umbrella advocacy and policy coalition of nearly 200 member groups representing New York State’s immigrant communities. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Choi was the Executive Director of the MinKwon Center for Community Action, which organizes, advocates for, educates and serves Korean and Asian community members in New York. Prior to that, Mr. Choi was a Staff Attorney and the founding Director of the Korean Workers Project at the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund, the only project on the East Coast focused on providing free legal services to low-wage Korean immigrants.

Mr. Choi received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.A. from the University of Hawai’i, and a B.A. from Stanford University in History, with Honors.

Anu Joshi - anu.joshi [at] nysiaf [dot] org
Deputy Director

Anu Joshi is a native Californian who has spent the last 15 years working on the front lines of some of our nation’s most challenging progressive policy fights. Previously, Anu worked at the Center for New Community equipping and mobilizing grassroots organizations and national coalitions to challenge organized anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim organizing. She also was active in the 2013-14 federal immigration reform push with the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Anu has a Master's in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Murad Awawdeh
Political Director

As Political Director for Immigrant Action, Murad leads our civic, electoral, and political engagement. Mr. Awawdeh actively works with communities, advocates, and candidates for elected office to develop transformational civic and community engagement campaigns, meaningfully engage immigrant communities in the electoral process, and support capacity and movement building. Mr. Awawdeh has created and developed many successful partnership, alliance, and coalition models that have helped uplift low income communities and communities of color. He has extensively organized and led social, environmental, transportation, and climate initiatives. Mr. Awawdeh played a leading role in securing community benefits through multi-year grassroots and political campaigns that add up to well over 75 million dollars. Mr. Awawdeh’s dedication to develop and build leadership across communities has been the backbone of success in his efforts.

OUR BOARD

May Y. Chen - Board Chair

Deepa Patel - Treasurer

Lucia Gomez

Michael Hirschhorn

Tylsley Phillips

Bryan Pu-Folkes

Annetta Seecharan

Jenny Sobelman

Patrick Young