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.

Steering Committee

The following sit on the IMBR Initiative Steering Committee in their personal capacities:

Justin Gest (co-chair)
Elizabeth Gibson
Ian Kysel (co-chair)
Bianca Santos (co-chair)

IMBR Network

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.

Learn more about becoming a member of the IMBR Network.

Organizational Members

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

Individual Members

David Wilkins
Andrew Craycroft
Elliott Fox
Eugenia Pyntikova
Bill Frelick
B. Shaw Drake
Cindi Baker

Contact Us

To contact the IMBR Initiative, write to