Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Look Out for Migrants’ Rights

Multiple migration issues have taken a global scale by reaching Europe and even countries in both North and South America. Due to this situation, it is very important that organizations which are dedicated to supporting and advocating for civil, human and migrant rights gain global visibility.

Migrants Rights International is a Non-Governmental Organization which protects and forwards migrants’ human rights in several locations throughout the globe. As a Non-Governmental Organization, Migrants Rights International constantly upholds its special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Currently, migration as well as human rights, are found in the light of the political and economic spotlights due to their global impact. With violence on the rise in countries all over the world as an issue, some governments have been dealing with it, while others have not addressed the issue of migrant families’ human rights.

The UN confirms that there are at least 200 million people currently residing abroad. This figure counts for approximately 1 in 35 people who is an international migrant. This figure accounts for only those that are not infringing immigration laws.

Migrants are often victims of violence and are unable to have legal protection due to their illegal immigration status or even other discriminatory issues. The simple “illegal” status directly violates international human rights laws.

Throughout history, very few countries have stood up for human rights and the dignity of people in despairing international situations.

Because to this issue, representatives from international churches, as well as human rights organizations, with other organizations, together, established the “International Migrants Rights Watch Committee” in 1994. In the year 2000, it became known as Migrants Rights International.

Migrants Rights International’s is located Switzerland and unites many different international, national and even regional organizations from many different countries from every continent with the goal of defending migrants’ rights and making the migrant’s voice understood in the hope that coherent policies are created and put into effect.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund also aids migrants and upholds their rights. This fund was established by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who are also the founders of the Phoenix New Times as well as the Village Voice Media.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was the unexpected indirect outcome that resulted from Sheriff Joe Arpaio having illegally arrested Lacey and Larkin. The settlement money from this action is currently used to help migrant organizations in many parts of Arizona.

The incident occurred with Lacey and Larkin that were arrested and jailed by Joe Arpaio, who was the sheriff of Maricopa, AZ at the time.

Arpaio decided to arrest the two reporters since they had released to the public information of grand jury proceedings that requested the reporters’ notes pertaining to articles about Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio arrested Lacey and Larkin on October 18, 2007, but later resulted in a settlement of U$3.75 million.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund proudly support groups with the objective of protecting civil and human rights of migrants as well as civic participation and of upholding the freedom of speech on the Arizona border with Mexico.

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