Civil, Human and Migrant Rights’ Advocacy Groups in the U.S. and Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

America is a land where human rights are held in high esteem. This is the reason why several groups advocating for civil, human and migrant rights are up and running in the U.S. today some of these groups include the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

There are also some philanthropist groups that are out to help uphold human rights in the society, and an example of such is Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.

NNIRR is one of the strongest immigrant rights groups in this country. The group is famous for the role that it played in the formation of MRI (Migrants Rights International), a global network of migrant rights organizations. Through MRI migrants have made their voice heard in various parts of the world and different countries.

MRI begot Global Coalition on Migration, a multi-sector alliance that helps NNIRR in executing its mandate. It also collaborates with Women in Migration Network to address the plight of women.

Based in Los Angeles County, CHIRLA works to address the rights of immigrants. Though it started by operating locally, this organization today has a national presence. CHIRLA has since sponsored a number of legislation and policies that are meant to protect immigrants.

It helps advocacy groups and networks that deal with migrant rights to attain their goals. One of such organizations is the Coalition of Garment Worker Advocates which received great help from CHIRLA in 2001. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821

ACLU is one of the largest groups of its kind and has a membership of more than 1,000,000 people. This organization has various local affiliates in all the States and the District of Columbia. It acts to protect the civil liberty of the citizens whenever such rights are at risk of being violated.

It offers legal support either directly or indirectly to the vulnerable individuals in such scenarios. ACLU is basically made of two closely-related non-profit organizations, with one being the American Civil Liberties Union and the other is the ACLU Foundation.

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was donated by Michael Lacey and his colleague Jim Larkin to various human rights organizations in Arizona. These two philanthropists remitted the $3.75 million which they received as a settlement for their wrongful arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County.

These two journalists founded Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. They were arrested from their homes late in the night and jailed for a crime that they actually didn’t commit.

The two later sued the county and won the case earning them the compensation. They decided to use all the money in supporting migrant, human and civil rights activities. They advocated for these rights and also sponsored civic participation.

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was also meant to advocate for the freedom of speech in the state of Arizona. “la línea fronteriza” – the Mexican border was one of such organizations that were going to benefit immensely from this fund.

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