An address by Mufalo Chitam, Executive Director, Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition
The United Nations Association of Maine will celebrate UN Day this year on November 16th with an address by Mufalo Chitam, Maine’s leading voice for immigrant rights.
Advocate, leader, and community builder, Mufalo Chitam is making Maine a stronger place for all by transforming Portland’s once informal network of immigrant support into a robust fabric of resettlement systems to integrate immigrants into Maine culture. As Executive Director of the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (MIRC) Mufalo has built one of the most successful immigrant rights organizations in Maine. Through her work with MIRC, Mufalo represents over 100 member organizations including immigrant constituency and advocacy groups as well as direct service and grassroots community organizations, working to elevate the voices of new Mainers as they find their way and cultivate a more diverse and inclusive Maine for future generations of immigrant children to come.
Throughout her career, Mufalo has worked in various capacities to support people to live a fulfilling and dignified life, including positions at ChildFund International, University of Southern Maine, United Way of Greater Portland, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Kidney Foundation, Easter Seals Maine, American Red Cross, and Granite Bay Care. She currently serves on the United States Commission on Civil Rights Maine Advisory Committee. Mufalo has been featured in various articles and is a recipient of numerous leadership awards, notably the MaineBiz’s 2022 Women to Watch Award and Spurwink’s 2023 Humanitarian of the Year Honoree.
Mufalo earned her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Public Administration and Library Science from the University of Zambia and boasts over 25 years of professional experience in fields such as health, education, and social services. She was born and raised in Lusaka, with nine siblings, and immigrated to the U.S. from Zambia in 2000. A member of Emmanuel Assemblies of God Church, she lives in Old Orchard Beach with her husband Frank, and daughter Grace.
After a very successful Annual Meeting, with a presentation by the Portland Museum of Art, chapter member Joseph de Rivera shared his new book Forming a Global Community.