A Human Rights Approach to Immigrant Integration

The Advocates for Human Rights believes that an effective approach to immigrant integration begins with recognizing that every person, regardless of where they were born, can realize their human rights.

Our approach to immigrant integration includes:

  • Research, fact-finding, and documentation of human rights conditions affecting immigrants and refugees;
  • Education and training to foster understanding and promote best practices for working with immigrants and refugees; and
  • Advocacy on behalf of clients and in partnership with communities to create policies that respect the human rights of all persons.

The Advocates’ groundbreaking report, Moving from Exclusion to Belonging: Immigrant Rights in Minnesota Today, centers on the human rights of refugees and immigrants in Minnesota. Published in April 2014, the report places its findings and recommendations within the context of state, federal, and international human rights law to identify what is working to promote integration and success, what is failing, and what gaps exist in public policy.