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Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund Raises Hopes for Migrants at a Time They Face Hostilities from Authorities

The migrant rights violations are a major concern across the world considering most of them are coming under the category of civil and human rights abuses as well. Due to the political division created by the Presidential Election 2016 and the elevation of Donald Trump, the situation became more intense in U.S., especially in the Mexican border.

The studies have shown that the migrants from around the world are facing widespread humiliation and exploitation in the host countries, and there are groups to make use of them. For those groups, the migrants are none other than cheap labor supply for running their business and factories. But, it should be noted that migrants include women and children as well, and unfair treatment towards them is a heinous crime against humanity.

Many immigrant rights groups come to protect the migrants in various countries to save them from civil and human rights violations. They provide legal assistance and financial support to the refugees to avoid any exploitation towards them. The groups implement many initiatives to monitor the approach of authorities towards the immigrants.

For instance, the migrant rights groups in Colorado launched a 24-hour hotline, recently, to track and verify the documents of migrants for addressing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. The initiative is expected to resist the civil rights issues and provide legal assistance to the migrants. It would also help preventing any misinformation, targeting the migrants or panicking them, being circulated. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

Apart from minor migrant rights groups, there are larger organizations as well with networks around the world. Due to migrant issues are widespread and visible around the world, the organizations play a vital role in protecting the people who are running for their life and family. Most of the migrations are found to be to escape from violence, war, poverty, exploitation, racial abuse, and more.

The international groups like, United Nations Human Rights, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Migrants Rights International, Migrants’ Rights Network, and more, are working for international level consensus for refugee issues.

Apart from small groups and larger organizations, even initiatives by individuals could make significant impacts in addressing the issues of migrants. Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund is one such effort from Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two prominent journalists who founded Phoenix New Times.

The fund was instituted by the duo with the settlement amount they received for their illegal arrest by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at midnight from their home. They were arrested on October 18, 2007, for reporting a grand jury procedure of asking journalists’ notes regarding the Sherriff.

Shockingly, the jury even demanded the online readers’ information of those pieces of news that are featuring the Sherriff. Considering their long years of fights for First Amendment rights, the journalist duo sued the county in the U.S. court of appeals and acquitted of the charges. Additionally, the Court of Appeals ordered the County to pay a settlement amount of $3.75 million to both Lacey and Larkin.

The journalists decided to set up a fund with the settlement amount to assist migrant rights organizations in Arizona. The fund will support the organizations that are advocating migrant, human, and civil rights throughout the state.

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