Human beings all over the world fundamentally have the right and freedom of speech, assembly, and association among others. Whereas this is true, there is still a huge number of individuals more so those from marginalized groups such as immigrants who are still deprived of such basic rights and freedom.
However, with the many civil organization groups around, the situation is a little easier. One organization that is helping immigrants families in California settle in well is The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA).
CHIRLA is a lead agent of the many immigrant families living within the larger California area. The main agenda of CHIRLA is to have a society that is all inclusive. CHIRLA came into being after the implementation of the 1986 Act- the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
This act sought to make it illegal and unconstitutional to employ workers without any legal documents as they would easily be violated and abused at work.
Currently, CHIRLA executes its responsibilities by changing how the public views different civic and human rights. In addition to this, the group is also involved in the formation of policies that will help better the lives of its citizens.
Like any other non-profit organization, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) heavily relies on the support of wealthy individuals and organizations such as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund for funding.
About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
As human and civil rights groups continue to take center stage in the fight for equal representation in the society, funding remains one of the major factors that determine whether this is a success or not.
One of the funding organization that has been committed to ensuring that the objectives of civil activist groups are attained is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. In addition to providing funding to civic groups, Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has also been actively involved in supporting the civic participation and freedom of speech of the marginalized immigrant groups in the wide Arizona area including the “la linea fronteriza” that operates along the border.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was established out of a compensation amount that was awarded to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin after their illegal and unconstitutional arrest and detention by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County.
Mr. Lacey and Larkin are bold reporters who were keen on exposing the illegal and unlawful activities that were being committed by the Sheriff in particular on the immigrants’ community around the Arizona area. As a result of the unlawful arrest, these two journalists sued the county and upon successful determination of their case were awarded $3.75 million that was later dedicated to fighting for the civic rights of the immigrants.
Civic and human rights violation of immigrants continue to be witnessed in all over the world today. However, thanks to the contributions of activist groups such as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and CHIRLA, there is hope for a permanent solution soon.
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