The protection of human rights is a fundamental matter that needs to be addressed in any nation. Several groups across the globe have been on the front-line to fight for the protection of civil, human, and immigrant rights. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Michael Lacey | Twitter
These groups are fighting to implement human rights, both locally and internationally, that abide by the standards of civil society, and apply the rule of law.
The groups include the following:
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. The two dedicated the $3.75 million paid during their arrest on October 18, 2007, to offer financial support to Arizona migrant rights organizations.
They got arrested at wee hours of the night, by the Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, because they reported the actions of a grand jury that demanded the reporter’s notes on articles that had information about the Sheriff.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued the government of their arrest. They won the lawsuit and were compensated $3.75 million that they used to start Frontera Fund. Frontera Fund is set to support organizations that fight for civil, human, and migrant rights all over Arizona. The organization also encourages people to exercise their freedom of speech, and civic participation.
Advocates for Human Rights
Advocates for Human Rights is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of children, women, and immigrants worldwide.
Advocates for Human Rights offers free legal services to low-income persons who are seeking refuge in places such as Minnesota and North Dakota. The organization also advocates on behalf of victims, educates people on their rights, and offers free training and technical support to prevent the abuse of human rights.
Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights under Law
Lawyer’s Committee is a non-profit and non-partisan organization founded in 1963. Former USA President, John F. Kennedy requested for the formation of the agency to curb discrimination.
The group is set to protect the rights of minority groups, and ensure everyone gets an equal share of opportunities such as education and employment.
The organization advocates for the rights eliminating racial discrimination by removing elements that bring racial discrimination, and economic disparity in the United States. They focus on fighting for African Americans to obtain justice whenever their rights are infringed. Additionally, the organization advocates for the rights of racial and ethnic minorities affected by economic disparity.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
CHIRLA, based in California, advocates for the rights of immigrant families and individuals. The group also protects the rights for free mobility human rights presentation in democracy. The organization fights for an all-inclusive society that doesn’t discriminate immigrants.
CHIRLA was formed according to the 1968 act; Immigration Reform and Control Act. The act prevented employers from hiring undocumented workers. This is because employers were found exploiting undocumented workers, and abusing their rights.
The organization has partnered with environmental organizations and indigenous groups to advocate for the rights of indigenous people. The idea to form the partnership was due to the expansion of large-scale projects such as oil and gas. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
A Final Thought:
Advocating for civil, human, and migrant rights requires the effort of many non-profit and non-partisan organizations. Funds are also needed to achieve the objectives. The central goal of all these organizations is to attain an all-inclusive society that respects the rights of every individual regardless of their race or ethnic background.