25 Sep

Civil rights and the quest to uphold them

Civil rights and human rights have gone through an enormous evolution starting from the days when they was blatant racial profiling and discrimination where different ethnic and racial divides would not share anything from public transport to public schools to an era where humans are treated with dignity and humanity for being people and there is a sense of equality all around us. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:  http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

More people are able to acquire whatever they set out to achieve and at the same time are able to relate to people of other races, religions, nationalities and even sexuality.

The achievement of this fundamental rights has not come on a silver platter but rather through the sheer hard work and determination of human rights groups that continue to work day and night fighting for equality and liberties for all.

In this era another form of rights has become part of this quest that is the fight for migrants.this are people who moved into the United States either legally or illegally, knowingly or unknowingly as children and are now faced with a rather rapidly evolving situation.

Groups that have continuously fought for migrant rights are many and some the best examples include

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was started in the year 2012 designed to fight for migrants especially Hispanics who were facing a lot of immigration related challenges, especially with law enforcement officers.

The founders of the foundation had been victims of the same law enforcement officers when Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin journalist who were also founders of the village voice media was arrested by the Maricopa County sheriff and arraigned in court where they were charged and the suit later dismissed.

They would then go on to sue the sheriff together with the country and a settlement of over three million dollars paid out to them which they dedicated to the fund and fighting for what it stood and believed in.

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

The NNIRR which was founded in 1986 works to defend and expand the rights of all refugees and immigrants they do not discriminate based on their legal status i.e legal or illegal. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

it is one of the organizations that has the most diverse groups of people that include immigrant communities working to actively build alliances with social and economic justice partners around the united states.

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center

This is a national resource center dedicated to that training of immigration lawyers.they also work with community-based organizations to advocate for immigrants rights.

Families for Freedom

This a civil rights group that fight on behalf of families facing deportation.they ensure that every family gets all the legal representation it can get before any deportation is allowed.