Civil, Human and Migrant Rights Advocates

Many non-governmental groups in the United States advocate for fair treatment of everyone regardless of their race, gender, community or group. These organizations protest, advocate, offer funds and organize movements to defend civil, human and immigrant rights.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, started by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin safeguards the rights of migrants in the United States. The two are journalists and co-founders of the Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times. They established this organization after their arrest by Maricopa County which took place on October 18, 2007.

Their capture took place in the middle of the night where they were taken from their homes and jailed. Their arrest was prompted by their disclosure about grand jury proceedings that demanded their editorial notes and articles with enclosed details about Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter

Also, the subpoenas ordered the two to produce the names of their online articles readers. Arpaio was a tough sheriff in Phoenix, Arizona who had arrested several people with claims that they were in the country illegally. Later, the truth came out that the people he had arrested were genuine and authorized immigrants from the Hispanic community with no illegal dealings.

The arrest of Mike and Jim prompted the Hispanic community to protest against the oppression of immigrants. Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin fought for their First Amendment Rights and went ahead to sue Maricopa County. Eventually, the United of States Court of Appeals ruled in their favor, and a $ 3.75 million settlement was granted to them. It was from this settlement that The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund commenced.

They gave out the settlement money to the organization to fund other migrant rights organizations in Arizona. Up to date, the Frontera Fund promotes advocacy of freedom of speech, immigrants’ rights, human rights, and also encourage public participation.

The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights was started in 1950 to protect the civil and human rights of all people in America. It does not incline to any particular group or community but rather promotes equality in the society. On behalf of civil rights law, LCCR has organized national legislative advocacy for many years.

The Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO), runs a social movement led by people of color in support of civil rights. It was launched in 1980 to promote social, economic and racial justice for blacks. The organization offers training, empowers black people to participate in choosing policies that affect them. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

The NNIRR is an organization that advocates the empowerment of world immigrants, world justice, and human rights. The group is involved in the key global events and has participated in events like Xenophobia in S.A and the United Nations Conference Against Racism.

Founded in 1920, American Civil Liberties Union safeguards the civil rights of every American. It protects people against violation of their rights.

The National Immigration Project promotes justice in immigration laws. It supports movements which solve pressing issues relating to migrants and their rights. More so, the organization supports and offers technical assistance to other community-based agencies, legal representatives, and migrants.