Many groups fighting for human, civil, and migrants rights have continued to crop up in the United States and across the world. It would not be wrong to assume that the vulnerability of these rights to jeopardy by fellow citizens, organizations, and the government is the reason why many people are ready to protect them.
If a single person is denied his or her civil or human rights as the constitution dictates, then the rest of the citizens are also at risk. Immigrants are also entitled to human rights by the simple fact that they are also human.
The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project volunteers legal assistance for immigrants that are held in detention in Arizona. The Department of Homeland Security operates detention centers that immigrants are held awaiting deportation.
Depending on their situation, they can’t afford to pay the lawyer fee, which prompts the group to step in. Among the immigrants are some who are vulnerable such as the sick, victims of domestic violence, and those seeking asylum.
The group steps in to offer social services to such people. Led by the Executive Director, Lauren Dasse, the group performs a human rights and justice task by ensuring that families stay safe from violence and persecution but most importantly, stay together.
The American Immigration Council
Immigrants also have a place in the United States as they have contributed to the growth of the country’s economy. Most people are unaware of such details, which is why the American Immigration Council works towards educating people on the contribution of the immigrants. The Washington D.C-based organization has so far managed to revolutionize how immigrants are viewed.
The organization also works towards ensuring that immigrants’ policies and laws are humane and take into account the human rights as depicted in the constitution. The American Immigration Council works hand-in-hand with its sister organization, the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
The Colibrí Center for Human Rights
Immigrants’ deaths on the southern border remain relatively high mainly because they prefer to use the dangerous, isolated terrain to steer off arrest. They leave behind families who remain clueless on their whereabouts. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter
The Colibrí Center for Human Rights runs a program, the Missing Migrant Project that helps such families recover the remains of their loved ones. The organization works together with forensic anthropologists to track the remains. According to the group’s Executive Director, Robin Reineke, their work is aimed at showing the world that the lives of the immigrants also matter.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are well known for their continuous fight for civil rights and freedoms. Ten years ago, the duo that owns Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media was apprehended for publishing an article on a secret jury proceeding. After their release, Michael and Jim filed an appeal, which earned them 3.75 million dollars as a settlement.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin decided to dedicate to fighting for civil, human, and immigrants rights. That decision led to the birth of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The fund advocates for the freedom of speech along the Mexican border and Arizona.
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