Art, Advocacy and Action
Stephanie Teatro, Director of Advocacy, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights, and create an atmosphere in which they are recognized as positive contributors to the state. As Director of Advocacy, Stephanie leads TIRRC's Advocacy and Education team in building the capacity of grassroots immigrant leaders to speak for themselves, to engage fully in the civic process, and to advocate for policies that make it easier for everyone to fully participate in public life. Stephanie joined the TIRRC staff in January 2012 as the Policy and Civic Engagement Coordinator and became the Director of Advocacy in January 2013. Prior to joining the staff of TIRRC, Stephanie was a union organizer with AFSCME, organizing public employees in Alaska, Florida, and Wisconsin.