Civil, human and migrant rights are critical and fortunately there are many organizations in place to help individuals in need. One of these organizations is called the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey co-founded the fund. They were also co-founders of Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times.
The money they received from their illegal arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been dedicated to funding organizations fighting for migrant rights in Arizona. Their settlement for $3.75 million was the result of their arrest in 2007 by Joe Arpaio, the Sheriff of Maricopa County. The two men were journalists and removed from their homes in the dead of night and placed in jail.
This was because they had revealed grand jury proceedings looking for notes on articles written about the sheriff. The subpoenas demanded the identity of anyone who had read the online stories about the sheriff.
Larkin and Lacey were familiar with their rights under the first amendment and sued the county. They won their case in the United States Court of Appeals. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera supports groups advocating for migrant, human and civil rights as well as civic participation and freedom of speech in Arizona and on the Mexican border.
The International Migrants’ Rights Advocacy is active in fighting for the rights of migrants. They have been active for more than twenty years and are a global network of organizations working so the voice of migrants will be heard.
Most of their work is with the Global Coalition on Migration, an alliance comprised of many sectors and with the Women in Migration Network, an international alliance who place their focus on gender analysis and global migration. They have organized delegations consisting of representatives for refugees and immigrants with the purpose of participating in global events with significance. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
This includes the UN Conference Against Racism and Xenophobia which took place in South Africa, leading protests at the ministerial meetings of the World Trade Organization and aiding in the organization of civil society intervention for migrants at the Global Forum on Migration and Development. Their service has resulted in them becoming one of the key proponents and organizers for human rights, global justice and empowering the rights of global migrants.
When a government possesses the power necessary to deny any vulnerable group due process and legal rights the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project steps forward. They are dedicated to the enforcement and expansion of the civil rights and civil liberties of all immigrants. The ACLU additionally combats both private and public discrimination against these immigrants. They use advocacy, targeted impact litigation and public outreach to achieve their goals.
The ACLU has been protecting the liberties and the rights of immigrants for over 25 years. They have been right up front in almost every legalized battle that was fought on behalf of immigrants rights. They focus on challenging any laws denying immigrants access to the courtroom, imposes mandatory or indefinite detention or uses nationality as a basis for discrimination.