Humanitarian Groups Advocating For Civil, Human and Migrant Rights

Abuse of human and civil rights is a growing concern in today’s global society. Migrants are among the most vulnerable groups exposed to the abuse of these rights due to increased socio-economic migrations.

There are several organizations that have come up to help advocate for civil, human and migrant rights at local, regional and international levels. Below are some of such organizations that have continued to fight for these rights in various part of the world;

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund

The organization was established by the co-founder of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.

The two journalists had published an article uncovering the grand jury proceedings allowing the investigation of reporters’ notes regarding a local Sherriff. As a result of this, they were detained but they later took a legal action and won the case.

Winning the case earned them $3.75 million which they used to establish the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. The organization fights for the rights of migrants in Arizona. Its existence has helped several people for instance the Hispanic community that at some time faced severe violation of civic and human rights.

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is also dedicated to supporting groups that advocate for freedom of speech as well as civil, human and migrant rights. Such organizations include the Arizona Justice Project, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, and Justice for Immigrants and Families Project.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The UNHCR is a United Nations based organization whose consent is to protect and support refugees. It helps them to settle in a third country or move back to their mother country. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

It also assists them through the local integration process. The organization is also known as the UN Refugee Agency. It was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law

This is a non-profit organization founded in 1963 to advocate for civil rights and eliminate racial discrimination in the United States. Its main objective is to ensure that minority groups receive equal opportunities in the society.

The lawyers also represent individuals in obtaining justice against racial discrimination and economic inequality. It was formed under the request of President John Kennedy and its headquarters is in Washington, D.C., US.

The Advocates for Human Rights

The Advocate for Human Rights is an independent organization which has been in existence for about 30 years. The organization is based in Minnesota and focuses on helping needy people seeking refuge by providing free legal services. Learn more about Michael Lacey and James Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821

It supports the rights of women, children and immigrants in local, regional or global level. The organization also helps stop human rights abuse by creating awareness and offering free training and practical assistance.

American Immigration Council (AIC)

It serves to promote immigration policies, justice and human rights. From its Washington D.C headquarter, the organization has continued to facilitate educational and exchange programs meant to create awareness on socio-economic impacts of immigration in the region.

Thanks to all these groups, individuals can now access equal opportunities, express themselves freely and travel to other countries without fear of intimidation.

What Betsy DeVos Did With $139 Million In Philanthropy

Betsy DeVos, the wife of Dick DeVos became the 11th US Education Secretary after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, and DeVos was chosen because she possesses a keen understanding of what it takes to provide a conducive learning atmosphere and structured operations to schools. She became co-chair of The Windquest Group, a company that she and her husband Dick DeVos Jr. founded 27 years ago prior to her current office. She also headed up the DeVos Foundation which has given over $139 million in charity according to a report on MLive. Just where did it all start though?

 

Betsy DeVos comes from a business-minded but very generous family from Grand Rapids, MI. Her father was the now-deceased Edgar Prince who built Prince Corporation, and her mother Elsa Prince often spoke on educational and family values as she grew up, and Betsy certainly took them to heart. Her first political activism and volunteer activities took place on the campus of Calvin College where she got her degree, and she continued them as she became a mother of several children and ran a business full-time. Two of the first private schools that she and Dick supported with their $139 million were Potter’s House and Grand Rapids Christian Academy. Later on she helped open a charter school at the Gerald Ford Airport that taught students aviation as well as other mechanical sciences and computer technology.

 

Dick and Betsy DeVos have also given to other endeavors besides education including the University of Maryland’s Arts Management Institute which is located at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. They also support ArtPrize, an independent art competition in Grand Rapids that gives out thousands of dollars to art works based on a panel of judges’ determinations. Betsy DeVos also has given to local churches as well as mega churches such as Willow Creek Association and Mars Hill Bible Fellowship.

 

Betsy DeVos has been involved in the Michigan Republican party for years all the way back to when she served as a delegate during primary election periods, and then in 1996 she became the party chairwoman. After her first term as chairwoman, she resigned because she believed she was merely the party mouthpiece and wanted to do more to promote grassroots activism in the party. She returned to chairwoman in 2003 and began to start more fundraising events backing important candidates throughout the years, including later Dick’s run for governor in 2006. After initially being a major critic of former candidate Trump in the 2016 primaries, she accepted his offer after the election to become the US Education Secretary.

 

To learn more about Betsy DeVos, visit http://www.betsydevos.com/.