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About ABIC in Maine

In Maine, ABIC partners with the Maine Business Immigration Coalition (MeBIC), an independent §501(c)(3) nonprofit launched in 2017, to monitor demographic trends and labor needs of Maine’s businesses, and works collaboratively across all sectors to support reforms that will maximize immigrants’ ability to contribute to Maine’s economic growth as workers, entrepreneurs, consumers, and citizens.

MeBIC provides information, education, and advocacy on immigration and related issues from the business and economic perspectives.

Our Partner in Maine

Beth Stickney
Executive Director, MeBIC (Portland, Maine)

Beth Stickney

Beth Stickney, Esq. is the founding executive director of the Maine Business Immigration Coalition (MeBIC), an independent nonprofit working with Maine’s business community since 2017 to advocate for positive laws and policies impacting immigrants. Beth and MeBIC work in close partnership with ABIC on federal immigration reform issues. Beth has specialized in immigration law and policy since 1986, and was the founding executive director of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Maine’s only nonprofit statewide immigration legal aid agency. Beth has also taught immigration law at the University of Maine School of Law, co-authored the legal treatise Immigration Law and the Family (Thomson Reuters), spent two years in El Salvador doing human rights work during the last year of the civil war and the first year post-cease fire, and three years in Italy working with a nonprofit assisting asylum seekers. Beth is admitted to the Massachusetts bar.

What We Do

Through MeBIC, ABIC:

  • Advocates for initiatives, laws, and policies that welcome immigrants and facilitate their ability to reach their full potential in Maine as workers, entrepreneurs, consumers, and citizens.
  • Partners with Maine’s business community to understand their labor needs and what resources would help them successfully engage Maine’s immigrants in their workforce.
  • Informs businesses and economic leaders in Maine about how federal, state, and local policies, laws, and actions affect our ability to attract, retain, and integrate immigrants into Maine’s workforce.
  • Collaborates with private and public partners in Maine and nationally to support best practices that foster immigrant integration into Maine’s workforce, economy, and society.

News & Updates

Read the Latest News & Commentary

February 7, 2022

Lori Dwyer: Immigration reform urgently needed to help meet rural health needs

January 6, 2022

Maine Voices: To lead in science, we must reform immigration

September 1, 2021

MeBIC Business and Higher Ed Partners Call for Immigration Reforms in Budget Reconciliation

MeBIC’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

David Barber

David Barber

Barber Foods former President and CEO; Tyson Foods Business Development Specialist
Dana Connors

Dana Connors

Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Augusta, ME

Carla Dickstein

Carla Dickstein

Treasurer
Wiscasset, ME
Cathy Lee

Cathy Lee

Vice-President
Lee International Business Development
Westbrook, ME
Susan LoGiudice, Esq

Susan LoGiudice, Esq.

Secretary
Preti Flaherty
Portland, ME
Adele Ngoy

Adele Ngoy

Adele Masengo Designs
Portland, ME

Quang Nguyen

Quang Nguyen

Win Financial Strategies
Portland, ME
Mark St Germain

Mark St. Germain

St. Germain
Westbrook, ME
Rebecca Swanson-Conrad

Rebecca Swanson-Conrad

RSC Consultants
Auburn, ME

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