Groups Advocating for Civil, Human and Migrant Rights

Several migrants face mistreatment in their destination countries. To protect them, several organizations have been established to defend and advocate for their rights. Some of these organizations include:

Women in Migration Network (WIMN)

WIMN was formerly known as Women and Global Migration Working Group. The organization was established in April 2009 during a pre-meeting at Associations for Women’s Rights in Development.

WIMN involves regional, national and global groups of women’s organizations, faith-based groups, human rights, migrants and trade unionists. The organization works towards advocating for migrant women’s human rights at workplace, home and in the society.

Its campaigns include helping migrant women get recognized in international policy-making arenas, fighting discrimination at work place, end of arbitrary detention, deportation and criminalization of migrants, end gender-based violence and discrimination, full access to equal opportunities for everybody and several others.

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)

NNIRR was established in 1986 to defend and expand the rights of refugees and immigrants regardless of their migration status.

The organization focuses on providing justice, equality and enfranchisement to all immigrants and refugees in the United States through advocating for human, civil, environmental and labor rights.

NNIRR is headquartered in Oakland CA. Among the organization’s achievements include pressing for fair and just migration of reform policies and practices, creating several organizations that help identify and address violation and abuses, educate and empower immigrants as well as publish reports to educate the community.

Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights under Law

This is a non-profit and a non-partisan organization that bases its efforts in advocating for civil rights meant to eliminate racial discrimination. This organization was established in 1963 requested by John F. Kennedy, former President of USA.

Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights under Law’s major aim is to fight elements that promote economic disparity and racial discrimination so as to ensure that minority groups access equal opportunities. The organization also help African Americans obtain justice for racial discrimination acts through representation. Its headquarters is in Washington, D.C.

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund

This group was co-founded by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey to advocate for freedom of speech as well as sponsor groups that advocate for migrants’ human rights. Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund was established following their arrest in 2007 after writing an article about a Sherriff.

The articled was revealing the existence of grand jury proceedings permitting the Sheriff to seek reporters’ notes.

Larkin and Lacey, who are also the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times, took a legal action and ended up winning the case. They were awarded $3.75 million settlement which they used to run the operations of the organization.

Among the organizations funded by Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund include Arizona Justice Project, American Immigration Council, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project among many others.

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