Today, it is shocking to know there are places where discrimination and inequalities are very popular. In such places, human, civil and even migrant rights are curtailed either by the authority or local community. Although there are several civil, human and migrant rights organizations all over the world, the vice still persist in some democracies.
However, many rights organizations have acted as the bridge between the authorities and the victims. In the United States for instance, many organizations advocate for migrant rights because some states have strict laws that prevent free movement of people within their jurisdiction.
National Network for Immigrant and Refugees Rights (NNIRR)
This organization focuses on the rights migrants and refugees, regardless of their status. The organization was founded in 1986 and has attracted membership from a wide range of immigrant communities. It has also established partnerships with economic and social justice groups around the United States. NNIRR is part of a global movement that advocates for human rights as essential elements of securing peaceful, safe and healthy lives of all. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Twitter
The organization has helped thousands of refugees from neighboring countries like Haiti and other Central American countries that fleeing conflicts and repression in their countries. The group has been active in defending migrants and refugees from harassment, deportation, discrimination, detention and exclusion.
Migrants Rights International (MRI)
Migrants Rights International was created to advocate for protection, respect and fulfillment of diverse range of human and migrants rights all over the world. The organization also champions for migrants’ unity and inclusion during policy making processes.
MRI ensures rights of all migrants are recognized and respected by hosting communities and the authorities. The group is responsible for facilitating the process of migrant associations, as well as partnering with other NGOs that champion for migrant rights.
Migrants Rights International has played a critical role of ensuring there is collaboration of other local, national and global rights groups from North America, Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia fighting for the rights of migrants. As a non-governmental organization, MRI has been offered consultative status with ECOSOC.
How Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was Created
Ten years ago, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were forcefully arrested and detained following the order of Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff. Jim and Michael are both journalists who partnered to establish Phoenix New Times as well as Village Voice Media.
After their release, the two filed a case against Maricopa County to seek settlement for the illegal arrest. They eventually prevailed in their case in the U.S. Court of Appeals and were awarded $3.75 million as settlement.
Michael and Jim decided to form Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to help other individuals including migrants and refugees whose rights are curtailed. Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was created to support organizations involved in human, civil and migrant rights in Arizona.
It is impressive to see how the two journalists have committed all their settlement in order to ensure freedoms of speech and expression are not interfered with by the authorities.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/