Amnesty International is a global non-governmental organization that is dedicated to advocating for human rights. With branches in different countries of the world, the main objective of Amnesty is to conduct research and campaign for the prevention and end of human rights violation and to demand justice for the victims.
Amnesty International has advocated for the human rights of migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers for several years. The organization works to ensure governments honor their responsibility to protect civil and human rights and condemn any policies that undermine human rights.
Amnesty’s I Welcome campaign calls on governments of all countries to welcome refugees and migrants into their countries. The organization believes that if a political will exists, the leaders can protect people fleeing war and persecution and offer them resettlement.
Amnesty also works towards reuniting family members who have been separated during the conflict and offers them work or study visas or to help them start a new life. The refugees are given a chance to live in decent homes, go to school, and access health care facilities. The young girls are also saved from sexual assault and early marriages. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
Amnesty International also fights for civil rights by advocating for the freedom of expression. The ‘free speech’ slogan is present in almost all constitutions in the world, but it only remains paper work yet to be implemented in many countries. Most often, governments arrest people for speaking out. Amnesty International is advocating for this to end.
The organization advocates for people’s right to receive, seek, and share ideas and information without fear or favor. The organization educates the community on justice and the need to exercise their democratic rights such as freedom of expression without fear of government interference. Amnesty International defends and supports those who speak out both for themselves and for others.
The organization works with community workers, journalists, teachers, people who promote reproductive rights, and indigenous people who are fighting for their land rights.
Amnesty International has campaigned all over the world for thousands of prisoners of conscience who have not advocated violence but have been arrested because of who they are; could be their race, gender, ethnicity, or religious beliefs. Read more: Phoenix New Time
The organization is also advocating for all laws that criminalize people who speak out to be abolished and for people to have access to information. It also protects individual human rights activists who face torture or death.
Another agency that is helping spread the human rights flag is The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This organization which is owned by Jim and Michael of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times has dedicated settlement money received from a suit they filed against Sheriff Joe Arpaio to finance organizations that advocate for migrant rights in Arizona.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin won the appeal in the United States Court of Appeals. It was the Ninth Circuit. Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is used to fund groups that advocate for civil, human, and migrant rights participation in Arizona and the Mexican border.