The Transatlantic Migrant Democracy Dialogue (TMDD) is a transatlantic network of diverse migrant and refugee leaders. We work to strengthen democracies by collectively building powerful movements and communities.
We operate as a migrant-led network that is founded on the conviction that migrants must be able to organise themselves and to learn from each other in order to actively participate in US and European democracies. For this reason, our leadership development program begins at the grassroots, feeding into a national and international structure of alliance and cooperation.
As members of TMDD, refugee and migrant leaders across the Atlantic connect and support each other by sharing resources and skills, building coalitions, developing strategies and using the platform of established organisations to bring their cause forward.
Our core values
Why TMDD and why now?
TMDD was launched in 2016 to fill in a gap for a space for strategic transatlantic exchange of ideas, skills and experiences in areas key to building migrant-led justice campaigns.
Both Europe and the US are at a critical crossroads: our countries must recommit to the values of open and inclusive societies. We believe that the best way to counter anti-immigrant sentiment and strengthen our democracies is to empower immigrant leaders across the US and Europe.
Yet, on both sides of the Atlantic, immigrants and refugees are frequently barred from full participation in the democratic systems they inhabit. In this time of political crisis, when our commitment to democracy itself is called into question, it is critical to equip immigrant and refugee communities with the skills and networks to organise and learn from each other.