Numerous organizations have taken up the role to fight for a common cause of advocating for civil, human and immigrant rights. The purpose of these groups in the society is to implement the international human rights principles that uphold a civilized society as they strengthen the rule of law.
- Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
This organization was established by the founding partners of Village Voice media and Phoenix New Times, Mike and Jim. The mission of this foundation is to fund and support all the migrant rights group in Arizona. The organization was founded after the two journalists Jim and Mike did a story about a county sheriff. The two were apprehended in midnight hours and taken into custody.
Lacey and Larkin had run a story about the existence of grand jury proceedings that pursued the reporters’ notes on the story that implicated the sheriff. Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin who had dedicated their careers to fight for their First Amendment rights opened a lawsuit against the county, and the court ruled in their favor.
The US court of appeal granted the two journalists a $3.75 million settlement, which they channeled to their foundation. The Lacy and Larkin Frontera foundation offers financial support to the organizations that advocates for human, civil and migrant rights in Arizona and Mexican border.
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
CHIRLA has its headquarters in California. This is one of the leading organizations that fight for the rights of immigrant families and individuals. On top of that, the foundation advocates for the freedom of movement of human rights and contribute to democracy.
The primary agenda of the organization is to create a society that everyone will feel included. CHIRLA was formed after the 1986 act, Immigration Reform and Control Act. The Act stated that it was unlawful for employers to employ the undocumented workers.
It is evident that this was an approach to take advantage of the situation and abusing the employees. The advocacy organization intends to work by shifting public opinion and crafting power while transforming all policies for immigration, civil and human rights.
- The Advocates for Human Rights
This is one of the groups that are on the forefront in spearheading human rights movement in the world. It is an independent, impartial and non-profit making organization that was founded in 1983. Its mission is to create and uphold long-lasting, all-inclusive and wide-ranging conversion on the local, national and international scale.
Since it was founded, the group has been investigating and exposing any form of human right violation. It also represents refugees and immigrants that are in quest of asylum.
The Advocates for Human Rights supports those small organizations that are fighting for human rights. The group involves the public, policymakers, and children while it strives to push for legal modifications and fights for a comprehensive policy.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
This is an immigrant foundation that is devoted to expand and enforce civil liberties and immigrant’s civil rights. They also advocate for public and private discrimination against immigrants.
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Lacey and Larkin’s Frontera Fund Aids Latin-American Community
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have always been advocates for the Latin-American community in Arizona. The news team founded Phoenix New Times back in 1970, and later went on to create multi-million dollar conglomerate Village Voice Media. Presently they operate the Frontera Fund, a charitable institution that donates money to Latin-American groups across Arizona. The fund was created out of the long-standing feud between the New Times and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio, whose seven-term reign saw much controversy, was called on the carpet by the New Times numerous times for his treatment of the Latin community. Arpaio began investigating the independent weekly and its reporters. After Lacey and Larkin printed a confidential grand jury subpoena under their byline, Arpaio had the duo arrested. Later Lacey and Larkin would file a wrongful arrest lawsuit that would net them $3.75 million dollars. Since 2014 they have been divvying out that settlement to Latin groups through the Frontera Fund. When asked about their contributions to the Latin community, Jim Larkin responded that there is no people more deserving than Mexican immigrants.
Lacey and Larkin are returning to the news world with Front Page Confidential, an online independent news source that advocates for the First Amendment. Through the counterculture articles Front Page will produce, the news duo will continue their stand for the Latin community and the rights of all Americans. As a recently-pardoned Arpaio prepares for his senate run, Larkin and Lacey will be in the perfect position to once again provide opposition. For now they continue to offer aid in order for Latin-Americans to live a better life.