Due to the many internal conflicts and external aggression between many countries in the world, there is need of a body that looks out for individual rights and champions the rights of refugees and immigrants. The National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights is one such agency or organization that is on the forefront civil rights advocacy.
The team looks out for each person individual rights as a human being with the right to have food, with the right to a proper shelter to live in, with the right to access good health care with also the opportunity to live safe and peaceful lives. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikepida
The organization was established in 1986 and has been fully devoted over the years to defending and trying to expand the rights of refugees and the immigrant communities in the United States of America.
Through its structure, the organization is very diverse with members that include the immigrant communities and many other partners that are fully committed to both social and economic justice. International advocacy has also always been on NNIRR main agenda and over the years has been responsible for helping those in need from the different war-torn countries across the world. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund
The organization also values its partnership with other civil rights organizations for example Global Coalition on Migration and Women in Migration Network. It also helps sponsor the delegation of representatives of the many refugees and immigrants when attending global forums and events.
Due to the overwhelming amount of money that is needed to fund the many delegates, other funds have been established by private citizens to help support this groups and organizations such NNIRR. An outstanding example of such funds in one called Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund.
The Larkin and Lacey Frontera fund was established by Jim together with Larkin. The main aim of the fund was to help support groups that advocate for human, migrant and civil rights not forgetting the right to free speech and also the right to allow civic participation in states such as Arizona including the border with Mexico.
According to the founders, they were motivated o set up the fund after they had received a settlement of $3.75 million due to wrongful arrest by a Sheriff of Maricopa County on October 18, 2007. The two journalists had been forcefully detained in the middle of the night without noticed and jailed. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/mike-lacey/
Their jailing was because they had revealed the existence of secret grand jury proceedings that wanted the reporters notes on the articles they had produced about the Sheriff. To further worsen the case, the grand jury had subpoenas demanding the revelation of the names of citizens who had read the New Times stories online.
They later won a suit they had launched against the county in the United States Court of Appeal.
Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/