Advocacy for Civil, Human and Migrant Rights

America is a progressive nation, but there are still few people with some prejudices that target the minority groups. These minority groups such as the disabled, immigrants, and other racial minorities are vulnerable and sometimes are disregarded because they don’t fit into a particular mainframe of the society.

There are non-profit corporations such as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund among others which focus on protecting this minority section of the community.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund was started by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two co-founders who are journalists founded the detailed fund after an allegation against Maricopa County. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin revealed information about grand jury proceedings covering details about Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This revelation prompted their arrest on October 18, 2007, by Maricopa County. Grand jury subpoenas required the identity of New Times online readers of stories involving the lawman.

Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey were residents of Phoenix, Arizona who wrote articles for a media outlet in the city. Sheriff Joe Arpaio served in the same town and had initiated arrests of many people who he claimed were in the country illegally. However, it was discovered that almost all of those he arrested, were from the Hispanic community and were legal immigrants.

The arrest of Larkin and Lacey created an awakening call for the Hispanic community, and a large number of people from the community rose up to protest against the punitive realities that the minority in the United States go through.

Larkin and Lacey fought to preserve their First Amendment rights and sued Maricopa County. Their case went to an Appeals Court which granted the two a settlement of $3.75 million. They dedicated this $3.75 million settlement to fund migrant rights organizations in Arizona.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was started to safeguard the interests of minority groups in the US, and up to now, they support Arizona-based organizations that are in advocacy for civil, human and migrant rights, civic participation and freedom of speech. One of the groups which are backed up by Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund include la linea fronteriza- the Mexican border. Other than the Frontera Fund the two journalists are also co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.

American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU is another group which advocates for civil, human and migrants’ rights. In 1920, ACLU was instituted to enforce and expand the civil rights and civil liberties of immigrants. The group responds to the violation of rights issues of all persons including the disabled, gays and prisoners.

ACLU protects immigrants’ rights and liberties through public outreach, use of targeted impact litigation and advocacy. The organization has represented immigrants in almost all the significant legal struggle focusing on challenging laws that impose a mandatory and indefinite detention, discriminate on nationality basis and deny their access to the court.

National Urban League is another group that focuses on protecting the rights of African Americans. This organization offers civic education on human rights, legal assistance and defend against harassment that could arise in schools, workplace or society.