Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
On the18th of October, 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who were journalists, were arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County in Arizona. The two were jailed after revealing the existence of proceedings of the grand jury that sought reporters’ notes on articles covering the Sheriff.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a controversial figure among Latinos and the news media. Lacey and Larking dedicated the settlement money that arose from their arrest to fund the rights of migrants all over the state of Arizona. This was an enormous settlement of $3.75 million granted by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
As Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, the grand jury demanded the identity of citizens who read New Times stories online that involved the sheriff.
The article was about the ongoing disputes with Maricopa’s county attorney and sheriff’s offices. This led to Lacey and Larkin suing the county, and the case finally ended up in the United States Court of Appeal for the ninth circuit.
They had spent their careers advocating for their First Amendment rights. The case saw Lacey and Larkin win and entitled to the settlement. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund then came up.
It supported the groups that advocate for civil, human and immigrant rights, and they also advocated for freedom of speech and civic participation throughout Arizona, which included “la linea fronteriza”, which is the Mexican border.
There are many more groups that fight for human rights:
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights
This coalition is based in California. They act as agents towards the realization of free mobility human rights participation in democracy.
ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
They protect the civil rights and human rights of immigrants through advocacy to meet its objectives.
This organization is based in San Francisco, and its main purpose is to advocate for the rights of indigenous citizens.
The Advocates For Human Rights
Currently, they spearhead the fight for human rights in the world. They work from the local to regional to global level. For over three decades, they have been in the quest for human rights and changing the lives of children, women and immigrants.
The organization makes refugee rights a reality in the global south by providing legal counsel and representation to refugees in Africa.
Amnesty International USA Group 30
This is a global movement working for the release of all prisoners of conscience, fair trials and an end to torture and executions.
California Association of Human Relations Organizations (CAHRO)
The organization puts a lot of effort in safeguarding civil and basic human rights. CAHRO does this through creating intergroup interactions and eliminating tension that exists within communities.
These are just a few of the millions of organizations that have been formed and are geared towards protecting, fighting and advocating for human rights. These groups play major roles globally as they are the unheard voices of the public. They are there to eliminate the threats to human rights.
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