Migrant rights are one of the intensely discussed subjects in the recent years as humanity could watch the sufferings of many migrants across the world in the recent years.
It created wide-spread torture and inhuman treatments in various stages of the migrant journey. It should be noted that majority of the people who are facing migrant issues are either children or women, and this further extends the violations to greater levels. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
For instance, while coming to the recent deportations after Donald Trump assuming the power in the U.S., many of the children who migrated to the country from Mexico or other countries at very young ages are forced to return. Since many of them are deeply integrated into American society, the shift is a real pain.
All these deportations are by devastating their business, American families, and more. It is widely criticized that the Trump administration is following cruel policies when it comes to migrants. The administration has spoken in a way that more than 11 million undocumented migrants are a threat to the public safety of the country.
Various studies have proved that more than 90 percent of those immigrants have no criminal history or records, and some studies also showed that migrant neighborhoods in the country are much safer than other areas. However, Trump and his supporters portray the migrants as potential criminals and a real threat to the society. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Though the attempts of the administration go beyond the normalcy and become civil and human rights issues in most cases, a number of reputed non-profit groups in the country is actively intervening into various migrant issues to reduce the struggles of those souls. While some of these groups are larger organizations with networks around the globe, others are initiatives in some particular areas or a setup by some individuals.
It includes Amnesty International, American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, migrationpolicy.org, and more. It should be noted that these organizations initiate petitions, campaigning programs, address various regional issues, and more. While coming to migrants, the groups financially support them, give them legal aid, offer healthcare programs, and more.
While coming to the initiatives of individuals, Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is the perfect example with a clear vision. It was instituted by the journalists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey with the settlement amount they received for challenging their illegal arrest by Maricopa County Sheriff.
The co-founders of Phoenix New Times were arrested on October 18, 2007, from their home at midnight for reporting a strange grand jury proceeding of asking news reporters’ notes featuring the Sherriff. Additionally, the grand jury even demanded the identity of the people who read the news regarding the Sherriff.
Considering their decades of experience in challenging various First Amendment rights violations, the journalist duo sued the county in the U.S. Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals acquitted both the journalists and granted them a settlement amount of $3.75 million.
Both Lacey and Larkin decided to setup Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to support various groups that are backing and advocating human, civil, and migrant rights along with freedom of speech in Arizona.