Notable Human, Migrant, and Civil Rights Groups

Today, there exists numerous organizations that fall under the categories of human rights, civil rights, and migrants’ rights. All these groups have roles that are almost similar. All of them want a society that respects the rights of human beings irrespective of the origin or the citizenship status.

The organizations are found in almost every country in the world. Even if there exist states that may not have rights groups, these states remain under the radar of international organizations that have a global outreach. The fact that there are no established rights groups in a country does not mean that the administration is free to break human rights laws at will.

The international community will move in to address the issue. A good example is Sudan. This is a country where human rights have been in jeopardy for a long time due to authoritarian leadership. However, this administration did not prevent the international community from moving in when the people of Sudan were denied human rights by the government.

The international community moved in and investigated cases of massive violation of human rights. This led to the international Criminal Court initiating a criminal case against the leadership of the country.

Human rights are supposed to be universal. There is no limit to which they should be applied. As long as one is alive, human rights apply from wherever he or she may be living. With the numerous cases of human rights violation recorded every year it is important that more efforts be put towards ensuring effective implementation of the rights. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Michael Lacey | Twitter

Human rights groups are the motivated by the need to create a safe society that respects the rights of the people. These groups usually take to a global platform to highlight cases of human rights violation. Some of these organizations include;

International Migrants’ Rights Advocacy

International Migrants’ Rights Advocacy is a popular group in the world. It has outreach programs in many countries. As the name suggests, the organization deals with matters of immigration. Their role is to stand up for the rights of migrant communities. Migrant communities, especially in the United States, go through severe violations of human rights.

International Migrants’ Rights Advocacy and other friendly organizations highlight the challenges migrants are facing in exercising their rights and freedoms.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is an advocacy group that supports organizations that lead in the protection of human rights in the state of Arizona. It was started by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists who co-own Phoenix News Media.

Lacey and Larkin  started the group with money they received as a settlement in a court case they sued that state for violating their rights. They were given $3.75 million. They committed all this money to human and migrants’ rights initiatives in Arizona.

Efforts of Larkin and Lacey in Advocating for Migrant Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created after the two world wars. Its creation gave rise to movements like workers, human rights and civil rights groups.

The special groups were against discrimination and abuse for example underpayment and unlawful imprisonment. The Declaration insists that for there to be peace, justice, and freedom in the world, countries must promote social, economic, civil and human rights.

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) is an organization that advocates for international migrants rights. Since its foundation in 1986, it has continued to strengthen the role and voices of refugees and migrants in the international arena. NNIRR is a founding member of Migrants Rights International and is a member of Global Coalition on Migration.

Role of NNIRR

  • Organizes refugees and immigrants to participate in global events
  • Raises immigrants issues to World Trade Organization (WTO), UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and International Labor Organization (ILO)
  • Streamlines the migration policy across the world
  • Pushes for enactment of laws that advocate for the rights of immigrants
  • Advocates for just and humane border practice

NNIRR partners with Women in Migration Network to lift up the gender position in global migration. It organizes empowerment of foreign immigrants and collaborates with coalitions that advocates for racial justice, healthcare and environment protection.  Read more; Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

NIRR speaks against racist division and works with Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), an intergovernmental forum on development and migration.

All about Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

The fund was founded by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The two are the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice. Throughout their career, they have been defending First Amendment rights and thus the case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio was no surprise.

The duo had been arrested and jailed by the Maricopa County Sheriff for revealing the existence of a grand jury. The jury sought the details of newspaper editors, writers, and readers including their IP addresses and browsing history.

Larkin and Lacey won the case and were awarded $3.75M after the court ruled they had been arrested without probable cause. The amount was used to start the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. The initiative supports organizations that advocate for human and migrant rights in Arizona and Mexican Border. The fund also supports freedom of speech and civic participation rights.

Jim Larkin believes that the Mexican immigrants should benefit from the fund as their human rights are violated while they search for economic and work opportunities. Some of the organizations supported by Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund include-:

  • Justice That Works
  • American Immigration Council
  • Arizona DREAM Act Coalition
  • No More Deaths
  • Kino Border Initiative
  • Justice For Immigrants and Family Project
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU of Arizona)

The world would be a better place if all people realized that we are equal regardless of our skin color, place of birth, ethnic or religion. Organizations such as National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights should continue to advocate for equality to ensure safe and peaceful living.