The International Democracy Summit is TMDD’s main annual activity, bringing together dozens of leaders living in Europe and the US, but coming from around the world to facilitate mutual learning between leaders about innovative, successful and sustainable methods and to design and support joint actions. Since 2017, more than 170 migrant and refugee leaders have joined the TMDD network after participating in our annual Summit, hosted each year by one of our TMDD national members. These Democracy Summits enable TMDD to fulfill its goal for operating as a migrant-led network founded on the conviction that migrants must be able to organize themselves and to learn from each other in order to actively participate in US and European democracies.
Summit participants are also invited to join the network as TMDD alumni members. These have been our previous International Democracy Summits:
The TMDD Summits address topics in five tracks critical for building a migrant-led movement:
To train and develop leaders, select and win issue-based campaigns and to transform service-oriented integration initiatives. …more
Facilitators: Gustavo Torres, Casa, Joshua Hoyt, National Partnership for New Americans.
To train and develop community volunteers to inform, advise and support via legal services, intercultural mediation, interpretation, etc. …more
Facilitators: Laura Tuell, Jones Day Law Firms, Sarah Mesick, National Partnership for New Americans, Melina Gonzalez, LSA Family Health Service, Zrinka Bralo, Migrants Organise.
To identify and secure key allies for advocacy, campaigns and welcoming strategies. …more
Facilitators: Mireya Reith, Founding executive director, Arkansas United, Teresa Buczkowska, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Breschkai Ferhad, Federal Association of Migrant Networks.
To inform and encourage immigrant communities to become voters, citizens and civically active. …more
Facilitators: Thomas Huddleston, Research Director, Migration Policy Group, Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA
To convey a campaign’s goals with compelling messages and messengers targeted to different audiences. …more
Facilitators: Pili Tobar, America’s Voice, Melis Ari, Moniheli Ry.