In today’s highly politicized climate, it is more important than ever to support groups that fight against the growing number of human rights violations in the United States. This article will take a closer look at a few human rights and migrant rights groups that are fighting for the civil liberties of those that face persecution. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/michael-lacey-3#/entity and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
At the forefront of human rights in the news has been the ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union. Based in New York, the ACLU is nonprofit and nonpartisan and has branches nationwide. They fight against human rights violations in all fifty states, as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Founded by Roger Baldwin, Crystal Eastman and Albert DeSilver in 1920, the ACLU currently has more than 2 million members, and fights for human rights using their national network of staffed offices, which files cases in both federal and state courts when human rights violations arise.
They also have a Washington Legislative Office that lobbies Congress in support of bills that advance or defend civil liberties, and against laws that violate them. Recently, they have seen a huge increase in donations and media coverage for their fight against President Trump’s immigration and travel bans.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
In the field of migrant rights, one group that has worked tirelessly to defend the rights of immigrants in Arizona is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, co-founders of the Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times, founded the Frontera fund with the 3.75 million they gained from winning a case against Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, who threw the two journalists in jail after they revealed grand jury proceedings that sought reporter’s notes covering the actions of the Sheriff, a clear violation of the First Amendment rights of journalists.
Lacey and Larkin donated all of the money from the settlement to organizations fighting for migrant rights in Arizona.
The Frontera Fund currently supports various migrant rights groups, including Aliento, the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, the Justice For Immigrants and Families Project, and the Phoenix Immigrant Rights Project, among others. The Frontera Fund pledges to support not only groups fighting for migrant rights in Arizona, but also any groups that fight for human and civil rights, as well as First Amendment rights, througout the state.
One other group that is also fighting for migrant rights is the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR.) The NNIRR was founded in 1986 and is firmly committed to social and economic justice, particularly justice for persecuted immigrants and refugees.
Like the ACLU, they have been particularly active in fighting against many of the laws proposed and enacted by the Trump White House, including sending an open letter to President Trump and Congress in February. In particular, they have taken a firm position against the racist, isolationist and xenophobic narratives that have become prevalent in many parts of the country.