People become migrants for a variety of personal reasons. It means they live and work in a different country than they were born in. Depending on the place and the circumstances, their vulnerability to human rights violations is much higher than with other groups.
People working on farms or in factories have in the past experienced breaches of human rights as well as their dignity in the hands of their employers. Many migrants move to another country for a better life, and many are escaping poverty and war. All migrants should be treated with respect, and several organisations are fighting for human rights of migrants.
Human Rights for Everyone
People all over the world believe that human rights should be universal and it doesn’t matter what kind of background people come from. International Federation for Human Rights has 184 such organisations on their list.
Over a 100 countries have at least one human rights organisation looking after citizens and non-citizens alike. The Federation has an interactive map on their website, listing all the NGOs they have accounted for.
One particular organisation people should know more about is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The story of its birth is one of intrigue. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists. Their life was turned upside down when they were kidnapped. The perpetrators wanted both to reveal sensitive information about Sheriff in the Maricopa County. Apparently, they had some incriminating information.
But that wasn’t the end of the story. Afterwards, both men were arrested, and police questioned them about the sources and even readers. Lacey and Larkin did not only give up their sources because they believed their detention to be unlawful. Therefore they sued the County.
Help People in Need
Both have been in and out of court for quite a while now, but they won the settlement against the County leaving with 3.75 million dollars as settlement money.
Their experiences inspired Lacey and Larkin to use the money to do something good for others. They worked together and are both co-founders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media in Arizona, and their idea was to help migrants in Arizona who were otherwise struggling.
Many migrants don’t have access to education and information they need to exercise their rights, get a job and even become full citizens of the US. In many cases, they don’t speak the language, so they have no idea who to ask for help in such matters. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund aims to help people in need. They also support other funds fighting for migrants’ rights. They believe that people should not be treated differently simply because of their skin colour or country of origin.
Lacey and Larkin are passionate about the job they do, and they are passionate about the communities they want to help. Both live in Arizona, so they see this kind of profiling every day as well as the struggles of people who face danger and abuse because of their lack of knowledge or resources, including legal help and education.