Despite the tremendous progress made in the American civil rights and human freedom movement, a lot remains to be done. We live in dark times where politicians don’t even attempt to mask their contempt for migrants coming into the US.
The Trump administration seems well on course to proceed with the erection of the controversial border separating his nation from neighboring Mexico. It’s not the wall that frightening, rather it is the subtle undertones conveyed to outsiders, that’s most disconcerting.
Inalienable Human Rights
Under the stipulations of the International Migrants Bill of Rights, crossing borders shouldn’t make you any less of a human. And, as such, it is imperative for nations to treat immigrants with utmost dignity and respect. Leading this noble fight in New York is the New York Legal Assistance Group.
The organization specializes in handling domestic abuse cases involving local undocumented immigrants. The New York-based migrant group also assists undocumented immigrants to find shelter and other resource support for their American-born children, according to this Huffington Post article.
Hundreds of migrant lobby groups have emerged in the US in the wake of the heightened prosecution of migrants and other minority pockets in the population. These groups provide a whole range of essential services to the masses. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey
For instance, they have immigration attorneys and volunteers to help raise social awareness about poignant issues. In recent times, human rights activists have formed crowdfunded Super PACs to help immigrants get voted into elective positions within their communities.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Case
The police in places like Phoenix have in the past stood accused of unlawful arrests on the Latin America population. Just recently, two journalists got on the wrong side of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the incident ended with the two spending a cold night behind bars.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would later file charges against the notorious Phoenix sheriff in a case that attracted a national following. On the 18th of October, a grand jury awarded the duo $3.75M in settlements for their wrongful detainment.
The settlement money went into the launching of the Lacey and Larkin Foundation. This civil rights group seeks to partner up with other like-minded organizations to promote human, civil and migrant rights for other oppressed migrants in Arizona and beyond.
JHIF and Justice that Works
The new Justice for Immigrants & Families Project (JHIF) is yet another human, civil and migrant rights group in Arizona. The organization has its headquarters in Maricopa County and it provides needy immigrants with legal representation. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Thanks to the excellent pro-Bono work by the attorneys at JHIF, thousands of undocumented immigrants got their visas to work and live in the nation. The organization often holds workshops and seminars in Maricopa County to educate the masses on their rights and freedoms as per the constitution. To learn more about the Justice for Immigrants and Families organization, visit here.
The Lacey and Larkin Foundation also partners up with the non-profit rights group, Justice that Works. The founder of Justice that Works is an altruist attorney called Heather Hamel.
Hamel dreams of a punitive system that enriches the lives of the locals by making them healthier, happier and safer. Her organization seeks to protect the Arizonans from the at-times brutal police force. Learn more about the Justice that Works here.