Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund Addresses the Rights of the Minority in Arizona

Migrants classification depends on their migration category. As such, there are economic migrants, asylum seekers, voluntary migrants, and refugees.

Trafficking victims and refugees seek international protection of their exclusive rights. The international principles of human and civil rights laws outline voluntary migrant rights. Currently, migrants account for 3.2% of the global population.

Migrant, civic, and human rights intertwine at different levels. International human rights allow the right to move from one country to another while state laws may restrict such rights.

However, human rights principles require that the state protects the fundamental rights of the migrant. Human rights watchdogs advocate for equal and fair treatment regardless of one’s status.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used print media to promote the rights of migrants in the State of Arizona. In an article published by the Phoenix New Times, Lacey and Larkin highlighted the plight of migrants in the state and the abuse of office by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office.

The article highlighted financial misappropriations, mismanagement, power abuse by the Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the degenerate health conditions at the prisons, mistreatment, and profiling of Latino prisoners and deaths of inmates.

The Maricopa sheriffs issued subpoenas that required details of writers and readers including their web histories. Lacey and Larkin cowed by the move and choose to continue writing.

Lacey and Larkin were arrested and booked for writing these stories. When the public heard of their plight, they demanded their immediate release.

Mike and Jim were released in less than twenty-four hours and pursued legal actions against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office. A judge ruled in favor of Lacey and Larkin and demanded that Maricopa Sheriff department pay 3.75 million as compensation.

Today, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Funds uses the settlement to support civic, migrant and human rights initiatives in Arizona. It provides financial assistance for groups within the state that champion for a similar course. Lacey and Larkin also advocate for the freedom of civic participation and speech for Latinos in Arizona through publications in the Phoenix News Times and other Village Media affiliates.

Lacey and Larkin partner with over twenty organizations including Promise Arizona, American Immigration Union and the Center for Neighborhood Leadership.

Other organizations that champion for human, civic and migrant rights are the United Nations Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Migrant Rights Organization among others. Each of this organizations tackles advocacy with a different approach. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Facebook

NAACP calls for equal social, education, economic and political rights for all as a means of eradicating racial discrimination. NAACP educates citizens on their constitutional rights and the impact of racial discrimination.

It uses diversity to highlight the diverse culture in the USA. Amnesty International works through campaigns and research to promote equal rights and face injustice globally.

The research conducted by Amnesty generates knowledge on current issues that affect human rights globally. The campaigns intend to create positive change in human rights globally.

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