Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Defenders of Migrant Rights

In the recent past, the number of migrants moving across borders to different nations, both legal and illegal to seek better lives have been soaring high.

In many cases, the migrants are mistreated by the residents in the nations they have moved to. Some laws in a few countries also don’t favor the migrants who in many cases have to bear with the unfair laws in their daily activities.

But some groups of people have come out to recognize that migrants also deserve to be treated equally like other people. These groups of activists recognize that migrants should be helped in leading better lives.

After all, that is the reason why they migrated. People have come together and formed different organizations (NGO’s) aimed at advocating and defending immigrant rights. On the other hand, some have been formed to fund and sponsor these NGOs.

Founded in 1986, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has grown rapidly across different migrant and refugee societies across the world. It is committed to fighting and advocating for immigrant and refugee human rights and seeks to help immigrants live in peace, good health, and have access to food. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53

The movement fights for them regardless of whether they are in the country legally or illegally. This organization has created alliances with different human right defending groups such as women rights defenders, climate change activists, environmental groups, and many others to be able to reach out to every sector to defend immigrant rights.

The immigrants in the US are uncertain about how their lives are going to be in the coming future. This is after the election of Donald Trump who has a strong belief that the migrants in the USA whether legal or illegal should be deported back to their countries. It is for this reason that the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is planning on sending an open letter to President Trump seeking to loosen his stand on deporting the migrants.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is one such organization that is keen to sponsor the NGO’s fighting for the rights of the migrants. It was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists who were arrested illegally by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, after the two revealed about a case in which the Sheriff was seeking articles written by the two reporters about him.

After the arrest and successfully defending themselves, they went ahead and sued the county sheriff and were awarded a $3.75 million on the settlement.

The two reporters decided to use the settlement money to fund various migrant rights advocate groups across Arizona. Over 20 groups that not only advocate for migrant rights but also fight for human and civil rights benefited from the funds.

They also considered groups that focus on defending the freedom of speech and civic involvement of people including those near the Mexican border. American Immigration Council, Arizona Justice Project, and The Colibrí Center for Human Rights are some of the organizations that have benefited from the fund.

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Michael Larcey | Crunchbase
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