Based at the Georgetown University Law Center, the IMBR Initiative contributes to important, ongoing debates about the way the world views and treats people who cross borders. Accessible yet substantiated by extensive legal research, the IMBR itself promotes the normative foundation for human rights protections at multiple levels of supranational migration governance. Because norms and governance mutually reinforce one another, strengthening one – through the IMBR and the work of the IMBR Initiative – stands to increase the effectiveness of the other.
The IMBR Initiative was founded at Georgetown University Law Center in 2008. Since then, the text of the IMBR and the other IMBR Tools has been drafted in consultation with migrants and other civil society actors; policymakers at the national, regional and international levels; and students and scholars of migration. The early work of the IMBR Initiative was managed as a collaboration between the American University in Cairo, the Global Law Scholars program at Georgetown University Law Center, the Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics and the Minerva Institute at Hebrew University. In addition to past support by those institutions, the IMBR Initiative has received support from the International Migration Initiative of the Open Society Foundations.
A detailed history of the early work of the IMBR was published in 2010 in Volume 24 of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal (see also a list of those who have contributed to the drafting of the IMBR Tools since the IMBR Initiative was founded.
The following sit on the IMBR Initiative Steering Committee in their personal capacities:
Justin Gest (co-chair)
Ian Kysel (co-chair)
Bianca Santos (co-chair)
The IMBR Network is a global network of individuals and organizations committed to the IMBR Principles and to the vision of the IMBR Initiative. Members of the IMBR Network contribute their expertise on migrants rights and collaborate on research, education and advocacy projects to promote the goals of the IMBR Initiative.
The Georgetown Law IMBR Student Chapter, District of Columbia, United States
The Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat, Nairobi, Kenya
Visayan Forum, Manila, Philippines
Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) – Legal Aid, Amman, Jordan
B. Shaw Drake
To contact the IMBR Initiative, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.