Rights are legal entitlements to individuals hence a civil right is a range of privileges that guarantee fundamental freedoms to an individual. Human rights are inalienable but can be abused by other humans if not well defended. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
They may also be perceived as moral principles that describe certain standards of human behavior. Some basic human rights in America fall under abuse, especially for immigrants. Some are abused through
• The death penalty
• Unjust detentions
• Restriction from basic health care
• Police brutality
There have been calls made to preserve the rights of immigrants. These calls agitate for favorable moral norms of people living and working outside the country of their origin (in the United States). There are many groups that fight for the human rights that include; human, civil and migrant rights.
Some of the groups include;
• The Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights [CHIRLA],
• The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights Project,
• Amazon Watch,
• The Advocates for Human Rights,
• And the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
The Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights [CHIRLA]
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights [CHIRLA] was founded in 1986. CHIRLA was formed in response to the Immigration Reform and Control Act [IRCA] which made it illegal to hire undocumented workers. It was seen as a plot to deny opportunities to immigrants in addition to abusing and exploiting local workers. Read more: Michael Larcey | Facebook
CHIRLAs’ mission is to achieve a just society, fully inclusive of immigrants. The group also organizes and serves individuals, institutions and coalitions to build power, transform public opinion and change policies to achieve full human, civil and labor rights. The group provides leadership in the fight for immigrant families and also for the individuals they act as agents towards in California.
ACLU Immigrants’ rights project
The American Civil Liberties Union carries out its work by advocacy, outreach and litigations towards achieving its objectives. This project is also dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants.
It carries its litigation efforts to the District Courts and through to the Supreme Court.
The ALCU Immigrants’ Rights Project concerns itself with the implementation of all the guarantees of the Constitution.
It leads in efforts to challenge the legality of laws that tend to deny immigrants the rights of the judicial process.
The Amazon Watch
According to San Francisco, the Amazon Watch works in the Amazon Basin. It works towards favorable environmental organizations and indigenous groups to advance indigenous people’s rights.
It was formed in response to the continued growth of the large-scale development of various oil and gas pipeline projects.
The Advocates for Human Rights
The mission of the Advocates of Human Rights is to implement international human rights standards to promote civil society and reinforce the rule of law by involving volunteers in research, education and advocacy.
They have been fighting for the rights of children, women and immigrants for more than 30 years.
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. The two reporters got arrested in their homes at night after doing a story about Sheriff Joe Arpaio. They won the case and were awarded a settlement that amounted to 3.75 million dollars.
They dedicated the settlement money to fund the defense and protection of migrants’ rights throughout Arizona. Lacey and Larkin’s fund also supports groups that advocate for civil, human and migrant rights as well as freedom of speech and civil participation.
Larkin and Lacey Continue To Defend the Right of Speech
The former Village Voice and Phoenix Times journalists have not seen the last of their names making news yet. The energetic duo who came to the limelight after they disclosed suspicious dealings by Joe Arpaio when he was the Sheriff of Maricopa County is relentless in their fight to defend the voiceless in Arizona and the US in general. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey recently launched the Front Page Confidential Website dedicated to articulating human rights issues and defending the right of speech. The two have had a rough tie with the current administration which recently extended pardon to the convicted Sheriff for contempt of Court.
The Frontera Fund
It is over 10 years ago when Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were rounded up by the agents of the Maricopa County for trumped-up allegations. The Journalists were picked up from their apartments and thrown into prison for what later emerged to be a mission of vengeance orchestrated by the County Sheriff at the time. The journalists had dug into the activities of the Sheriff and revealed that he was operating in contravention f the law. Furthermore, the Sheriff’s office had engaged in the illegal channeling of funds without regard to the laid down procedures. The Village Voice reported that the Sheriff’s office had misappropriated money exceeding $100, 000 from the public coffers. The case turned out to be the Sheriff’s bane as the journalists filed a suit that saw the courts slap a fine of over $3 million on Mr. Joe Arpaio for wrongful arrests of the journalists. The journalists used the money to set up the Frontera Fund which focuses on defending the rights of the minorities in Arizona and often extends pro-bono legal services to deserving cases.
The First Amendment
Some time towards the end of 2017, the police raided the homes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. They arrested the journalists for claims of illegal child trafficking. The police did not find any evidence of trafficking, neither was anyone charged with that offense. During the saga, Michael Lacey, knowing his rights under the American Law invoked the First Amendment which allowed him not to say anything in his trial.