Civil, human, and migrant rights advocacy have helped thousands of the disadvantaged persons who may not have a chance to voice out their problems. Both national and international groups play an active role in fighting for human rights through the creation of systems, raising awareness, encouraging tolerance, and helping people in realizing their rights. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter
The international migrants’ rights advocacy has been weaker in the past compared to the other advocacy issues. However, the migrants’ rights advocacy in the United States is on the rise after issuance of new deportation rules, which sought to arrest and deport any irregular immigrants in the country.
Understanding Human Rights Advocacy
The sudden increase in the incidences targeting refugees and migrants in the country brings out renewed energy from the human rights advocates. The advocates seek to uphold the migrants’ rights and provide t services that they require such as legal guidance or provision of basic needs.
The government has an obligation to protect the universal human rights of the refugees and migrants. However, most states have shown their inability to fulfill these obligations resulting to the involvement of human rights defenders in filling the gaps and defending the human rights.
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
In the past, the human rights advocates have held the government responsible for the human rights violations and helped in transforming the legal systems in response to the violence against the vulnerable groups. One such incident happened in Arizona on October 8, 2007, where the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The two co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media had revealed the existence of grand jury proceedings covering the County Sheriff. The release of the New Times story online saw the jailing of the two journalists by the lawman.
However, Larkin and Lacey sued the county and prevailed in the case resulting in a $3.75 million settlement. The two journalists who have spent their career life defending their human rights used the income to launch The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund aimed at supporting the civic, human, and migrant rights. They also have interests in promoting the freedom of speech and public participation in Arizona State.
Various national and international groups usually fund and support the human, civic and migrants’ rights in the country. The human rights advocates works have seen the restoration of legal protections for the vulnerable groups and promoted awareness among them.
This has helped in reducing the prevalence of the hostility among the women, immigrants, or children.
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