Larkin and Lacey: Fighting for Human Rights for All People

Since the Women’s March on Washington and the election of an administration that does not seem to uphold the rights of all individuals, there have been many new human rights organizations being created and long-established ones are kicking into high gear. Learn more about Michael Lacey:

There are many groups throughout the United States that advocate for civil, human and migrant rights and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) is one of them.

Founded in 1986, CHIRLA has already made a major impact in the human rights movement. The group is based in California and is made up of diverse immigrant families and individuals who act as representatives of social change. Their goal is to facilitate a world in which everyone enjoys the benefits and freedom of human rights. CHIRLA’s mission is to ensure that all people enjoy the same rights and that our country is inclusive of all immigrants without prejudice.

For more than 30 years, the Advocates of Human Rights organization has been working to improve the lives of immigrants, women, children, refugees, and other marginalized communities in our country. This group provides many services including investigating and exposing human rights violations, representing immigrants and refugees seeking asylum along with training other human rights groups and working to facilitate change with policy makers in our government.

Two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, have founded the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media with settlement money they received after being arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona. The pair was arrested on Oct. 18, 2007, after they revealed the existence of grand jury proceedings that were seeking reporters’ notes on all articles covering Arpaio. There was also a demand to know the identity of citizens who read New Times stories online that involved Arpaio.

Lacey and Larkin sued the county and received a $3.75 million settlement that they are now using to fund migrant rights organizations throughout Arizona. They created the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund that supports groups like CHIRLA and the Advocates for Human Rights that advocate for civil, human, and migrant rights along with freedom of speech and civic participation throughout Arizona.

This also includes on “la línea fronteriza” – the Mexican border. The Colibrí Center for Human Rights became one was one of the first organizations to be supported by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The group is located in Tucson, Arizona, and works with families, forensic scientists, and humanitarians to put a stop to migrant deaths and other sufferings on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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