Catherine Tactaquin is Executive Director and one of the founders of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR). Since 1986, NNIRR has worked to promote the rights for all immigrants, regardless of immigration status, through national advocacy campaigns, coalition-building, and support for immigrant community organizing and empowerment.

The daughter of an immigrant farmworker from the Philippines, Catherine was involved for many years in grassroots organizing and advocacy in the Filipino community on issues of discrimination and foreign policy. In 1994, Catherine helped to found the global advocacy network, Migrant Rights International, and most recently, the Women and Global Migration Working Group. She sits on the board of Poverty, Race and Research Action Council in Washington, D.C., and on the steering committee of the Global Coalition on Migration.