Today, many migrant and refugee communities in the United States are living in fear since Donald Trump became the President. During his campaign pledges last year, he stated clearly that all illegal migrants would be deported back to their Native countries once he is elected. President Trump cited security along the border areas as his main concern of trying to keep these communities from the United States.
However, groups advocating for the rights of these groups consider the President’s move as inhumane, and are fighting tirelessly to ensure it is not implemented. These groups believe the rights of individuals and freedom of movement would be disregarded if the President’s move is implemented.
Migrant Rights International
MRI was established to advocate for human rights among the migrant communities in different parts of the world. Migrant Rights International also ensures there is peace and unity among the migrant communities as well as inclusivity in policy making and implementation processes. The organization fights for the rights of these groups to be respected by authorities and communities where they live.
Migrant Rights International collaborates with non-governmental organizations supporting migrant’s rights all over the world. MRI has acted as a link between other rights groups operating locally, nationally and globally in different continents including Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/
Civic Assistance Committee
Civic Assistance Committee was formed in 1990 to help migrant and refugee communities. It is a non-profit organization with the objective helping migrant’s group seek justices from various levels of authorities such as police, courts and attorneys. Besides defending migrant’s rights, the organization also provides humanitarian assistance to these groups, especially those unable to get basic needs.
Due to its role as a mediator, Civic Assistance Committee has created better relationship with several parties involved in addressing various problems encountered by migrants and refugees. The Committee support vulnerable communities in a wide range of areas like health, education, migration and others.
About Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin
Michael and Jim are the executives of Village Voice Media who were forcibly arrested by the then feared “Selective Enforcement Unit” from Maricopa County. They were immediately booked in different jails under the control of Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio.
The Phoenix New Times which is owned by Michael and Jim had exposed the misdeed of the county sheriff, which led to their arrest. The Phoenix New Times had reported gross mismanagement of the sheriff’s office under the leadership of Arpaio. The two journalists were later set free under 24 hours after their arrest following the demand of activists and other rights groups. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
The illegal detention of the two journalists kicked-off a prolonged lawsuit that was concluded in 2013. The appellate court awarded Lacey and Larkin $3.7 million as settlement that was paid by Maricopa County.
The two co-founded Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund, a unique platform that targets Hispanic community in Arizona that has been a victim of civil rights abuses in the area. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey fund non-profit organizations advocating for civil rights individuals in Arizona.