Humans are entitled to certain freedoms, activities, or conditions. These include civic, social, political, and economic rights. Governments pen laws to protect these rights and regulate bodies that may influence the enjoyment of the rights.
Not all governments uphold human rights; some may be violators. Human rights violation occurs when there is a threat to certain freedoms such as life, speech and expression, liberty, and association.
However, violators are not limited to governments only; they may include employers, other citizens, organized groups among others. For this reason, human rights groups exist to advocate for the rights and ensure each citizen enjoys freedom as stipulated in the laws. Below are some of the organizations that specialize in human, civic and immigrant rights.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The fund was founded by journalists Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin. Mike and Jim were arrested in 2007 following an article exposing the rot in Maricopa county jail and abuse of power by the county sheriff in 2007.
They were released on the same day and later on sued Maricopa County for infringing on their freedoms. Lacey and Larkin were awarded $3.7 million settlement.
The ruling then marked the beginning of an organization determined to fight for the rights of migrants within the State of Arizona and other neighboring areas, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Their purpose is to ensure that migrants have an equal and fair chance.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund supports organizations that have similar objectives within and outside the state of Arizona. They advocate through print journalism and partnerships. Currently, the organization is among the human rights lobbyists fighting for the retention of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
DACA protects undocumented youths that meet certain specification from deportation while providing them with an opportunity to work within the US for a certain period and a social security number.
American Immigration Council
The American Immigration Council establishes laws and policies that honor USA’s history as an immigrants’ nation. They do so by using courts to fight for fair judicial processes for immigrants, educating the public on the importance and contributions of immigrants, and promoting cultural exchange as a way of nation building and economic growths. It is one of the many organizations supported by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
The United Nations Human Rights Council’s objective is to advocate for respect for human rights and freedoms and address any violations of human rights and make recommendations for its member states.
Through the Universal Periodic Review, the UNHRC reviews the human rights documentation in its Member states.
Another organization is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Their primary objective is to ensure that all persons have equal rights, eliminate barriers to equal rights through democratic processes, educate the public on their constitutional rights and the dangers of racial discrimination, and to eradicate racial prejudice.
NAACP was formed in 1909 to address atrocities committed against black people then. Its role mission has since transitioned over the years to fighting for equal rights for all and abolishing all forms of racial discrimination.
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