Varieties of organizations play a lead role in advocating for civil, human, and migrant rights. Among these groups is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Founded in a time when Attorney General Mitchell Palmer advocated for the detention of immigrants as subversives and communists, the ACLU was in the forefront of fighting against his campaign of harassment and deportation.
As such, it is America’s leading advocate for civil, human and immigrants rights. It accomplishes this role by challenging government laws, practices, and by debunking the myths upon which these laws are based.
In 1987, the Union established the Immigrant Rights Project (IRP) with the goal of protecting the rights of immigrants as lacking citizenship makes immigrants the most vulnerable in the society. Typically, whenever the government needs to expand control over the citizenry, it begins by taking away the civil rights of immigrants as demonstrated in 1996 and after 9/11. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
For this reason, the IRP mandate entails expanding and enforcing civil rights and liberties of noncitizens, combats private and public discrimination of immigrants, and debunks the ideological beliefs that form the basis of anti-immigration legislation.
IRP attorneys from its California and New York based offices provide legal assistance to advocacy organizations and community-based organizations within the country. The ACLU has the largest litigation program in the United States. Given that, its program revolves around public education and impact litigation.
As a result, the program targets areas such as unlawful restrictions on the right to a judicial review, mandatory and indefinite decrees, private and public discrimination of immigrants and immigrant workers. In addition to that, IRP also supplements the efforts of ACLU’s affiliates in protecting immigrant rights.
On Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
After winning a court case against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the founders of Phoenix Times Michael Lay and Jim founded the Frontera Fund. Given that, the organization sought to fight for the rights of immigrants in Arizona. One of the Fund’s goal is to help improve awareness amongst Americans regarding the abuse of migrant civil and human rights.
In this regard, Frontera collaborates with other similar minded groups most notable being the Border Angels. A primary goal of the Border Angels is the reduction of migrant killings across the US-Mexico border.
Besides that, these two organizations endeavor to highlight issues affecting immigrant law reform and immigrant rights. Also, the Fund provides an immigrant outreach program with the objective of bringing families closer by offering forums for connection and discussion.
Lacey and Larkin’s financial support is significant to the Border Angels. For instance, the Angels utilize these funds to create watering points along the migration route, provide clothing, food, books, and toys to immigrants.
In the recent past, the Fund launched a Justice for Immigrants & Families Project (JIF) program. JIF provides migrants within Maricopa County with legal services. Attorneys from the project handle immigrant litigation cases on pro bono basis. In addition to that, the project provides legal consultation, legal self-help guides, workshops and human rights education.