Human rights violation is common in different states, and to some extent in the national level. Several non-governmental organizations and civil societies are created to ensure there is accountability on both state and federal governments.
The organizations advocate for individuals whose rights are violated by authorities. They mainly advocate for human, civil and migrant rights of the most vulnerable in the society. These groups have successfully assisted many migrant communities, especially in Arizona, where immigrants face hostile reception from authorities and local communities.
Puente Human Rights Movement
The Puente Human Rights Movement is an organization that seeks justice for migrants. It is based in Phoenix, Arizona. The objective of the organization is to empower and educate migrant communities the importance of protecting and defending their rights. The organization was created in 2007 following an agreement between federal immigration department and the law enforcement agency. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin |LinkedIn
The group has advocated for Alto Arizona campaign and suspension of anti-immigrant law passed in Arizona. The organization has faced hostility, especially from Sheriff Joe Arpiao of Maricopa County because of his anti-migrant policies.
The Advocates for Human Rights
The Advocates for Human Rights is responsible for implementing global human rights and ensuring the rule of law is observed. The organization works in partnership with volunteer experts in education, research and advocacy in order to form wide constituencies in the U.S. and in communities all over the world. All persons are entitled to human rights that allow them to enjoy freedom, justice, dignity, peace and equality.
They are essential elements in the growth and development of individuals as well as communities. In fact, human rights are moral principles applied to every person. For over 30 years, The Advocates for Human Rights has been fighting for the rights of women, children and migrant communities.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
This fund was established in 2013, after the appellate court awarded Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin a settlement of $3.7 million following an unlawful jailing by Sheriff Joe Arpiao.
Lacey and Larkin were arrested in the middle of the night on October 18, 2007, for publishing a cover story on the Phoenix New Times about grand jury subpoenas issued by the Attorney’s Office in Maricopa County that sought information about writers and editors of the newspaper, and also readers’ IP addresses and browsing histories. These instructions were against the constitution, and it was what Jim and Michael highlighted on Phoenix New Times.
The newspaper had consistently reported how Joe Arpiao’s office was faced with rampant mismanagement and irregularities. The sheriff’s office was also criticized for racial profiling, unlawful jailing of Latinos, mistreatment of inmates on death sentence and poor health standards in jails managed by Arpiao.
After Maricopa County paid the settlement, Jim and Michael decided to establish Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to support migrant rights organizations in Arizona.
The two journalists targeted to assist Hispanic community in the state of Arizona whose civil rights were largely abused. They have funded numerous rights groups assisting migrant communities in Maricopa County and other areas.
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Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s dedication to justice
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists who have stuck to their mission since they went into business together. They wanted to foster an environment where everyone is equal in the eyes of the law and free to express themselves as provided for in the law. To achieve their goal, they published news stories that exposed decay in the society.
Ten years ago, during the reign of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, they learnt of gross misconducts by the police. After some research they learnt the evil behind the sheriff’s tent city, the sheriff’s order to chain pregnant mothers in jail to their beds while giving birth, among many other evils. The two journalists relentlessly exposed the sheriff’s evil deeds and his department misconducts in the papers. As a result, they became a constant thorn in the sheriff’s flesh.
To shut them up, Sheriff Joe Arpaio ordered for the arrest of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Police loyal to him showed up on the door steps of the two journalists and took them into custody. This was a major violation of the first amendment act. Their strory was written and published in the local newspaper. Unfortunately for the sheriff, the story caught the attention of national media and went viral. He was forced to let the two journalists go free.
Upon their release, Michael and Jim sued the sheriff for wrongful arrest. After a long battle in court, the sheriff was court ordered to pay the duo a settlement of 3.75 million dollars. Since the sheriff profiled foreigners in the state, Michael and Jim used part of the money from the settlement to found the front page confidential. An online publication dedicated to fighting for the rights of migrants and immigrants. The other part was used to endow the Frontera fund, a non profit organization that fights for the rights of immigrants.