Many groups in the United States advocate for civil rights, human rights, and migrant rights. These organizations strive to create awareness in communities about international human rights thus strengthening the rule of law as required in any civil society.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is one example of such groups. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who are also the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times, established this organization to advocate for the rights of migrants throughout Arizona and the Mexican border. The two journalists decided to direct all the settlement the court awarded them to fund migrant rights. On 18th October 2007, Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, had wrongfully arrested them because of a story they ran. The story revealed the existence of grand jury proceedings that were after reporters’ notes on all articles involving the sheriff.
What’s more, grand jury subpoenas also demanded the identity of anyone who might have read articles touching on the sheriff online. Lacey and Larkin, being devotees to the implementation of first amendment rights, sued the county and won in the Court of Appeals eventually getting $3.75 million in settlements. The foundation supports civil, human and migrant rights advocates. It also promotes public participation besides protecting the freedom of speech.
Another organization fighting for the rights of migrants is the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). The group, based in California, advocates for an all-inclusive society where everyone has a right to free mobility, and the role of human rights in a democracy is understood.
CHIRLA came into existence after the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The act illegalized the hiring of undocumented workers, and thus the organization stepped in to protect immigrant workers and their families from exploitation.
The Advocates for Human Rights is also a leader in the fight for human rights across the globe. They have been in the fight for human rights for over three decades and have changed lives of many children, women, and immigrants.
With support from volunteers combined with a dedicated staff and supportive partners, they continue to champion for the implementation of international standards of human rights at the local, regional and even a global level.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a project aimed at expanding civil liberties and enforcing civil rights of immigrants. They are against both public and private discrimination of immigrants. For over 25 years now, the organization has been on the frontline protecting freedoms and fighting for the rights of immigrants through public outreach, promotions and even targeted impact proceedings.
The group has endured numerous legal battles on behalf of immigrants’ rights challenging laws that bar immigrants from accessing the justice system and confine them while discriminating them by their nationality.
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