A look at the Groups that Defend and Protect Civil, Human and Migrant Rights

Numerous groups throughout the country advocate for civil rights, human rights, and migrant rights. Civil and migrant rights are the most neglected rights. These organizations, therefore, come in to create awareness about the need to respect international human rights and in the process, strengthening the rule of law.

One example of such a group is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the founders of the organization. They aimed to safeguard the rights of migrants across Arizona and the Mexican border.

On 18th October 2007, the two journalists got arrested after they ran a story revealing the existence of proceedings initiated by the county’s grand jury seeking reporters’ notes touching on the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio.

The grand jury warrants also demanded the identity of everyone who had accessed the articles online. Lacey and Larkin, being enthusiasts of the implementation of first amendment rights, sued Maricopa County and won $3.75 million as court settlements. They directed the money to the foundation to supports advocates handling civil, human and migrant rights cases.

Another group is the Advocates for Human Rights. The organization has been in existence for over 30 years and is on the frontline fighting for human rights across the globe. Their initiatives have positively influenced the lives of several children, women, and immigrants. They rely on the employed staff and volunteers to achieve this. They have also managed to sign partnership deals with partners who finance their activities.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), is a California based group that has been championing for the rights of immigrants for over three decades. CHIRLA began its operations immediately after the enactment of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act.

This act criminalized the employment of workers without valid documents. CHIRLA chipped in to protect immigrant workers and their families. The group wants an all-inclusive society where one is free to move freely. They envision a society that respects the role of rights and freedoms in a democracy. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is also another group that champions for the rights of immigrants. They fight public and private discrimination against immigrants. For close to three decades now, ACLU has been on the forefront fighting for immigrant rights and protecting their freedoms.

The group has been in and out of courtrooms challenging laws that infringe on the rights of immigrants.