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.