The social, political and economic challenges along with changing demographic dynamics are the reason why many civic and human rights organizations are springing up all across the world. For the migrant population, the challenges range from violence to increased government restrictions that clearly undermine the basic tenets of human rights.
Migrant Rights International (MRI) is a leading non-governmental organization that is at the forefront propagating and defending the rights of migrants across the world. The organization regrets the fact that migrants have become the universal scapegoats; the targets of violence and a people excluded from various legal protections because of their nationality or immigration status. The matter is worsened by the frequent ‘illegal’ designation of migrants. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
MRI brings together local, national and international organizations from 6 continents. The groups share a common commitment, that of advocating for the rights of migrants, promoting their causes and formulating favorable policies.
The Geneva, Switzerland based group has a special consultative status with the ECOSOC, The United Nations Economic and Social Council. Over the years MRI has attained many achievements, including advocating for the Day of General Discussion on Undocumented Migrant Workers in 2011 and organizing various international civil society forums.
One of the forums brought together many groups under the banner Peoples Global Action of Migration, Development and Human Rights. MRI also played a pivotal role in launching the Global Campaign for Ratification of the UN Migrant Workers Convention in 1998.
The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
On October 18, 2007 Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio ordered the arrest of two Arizona journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin the Cofounders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media.
In the first denunciation, the journalists were accused of revealing the existence of grand jury proceedings seeking media reports covering Sheriff Arpaio. In the second count of accusation, the journalists were summarily indicted for revealing an order by the grand jury to have the identities of New Times online readers. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
Following the accusations leveled against them, Michael and Jim sued Maricopa County and won a settlement of $3.75 million in a ruling read by the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Joe Arpaio has served as Maricopa County Sheriff for over 20 years.
Larkin and Lacey used the proceeds of the settlement to establish the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to advocate for the rights of migrants and civil rights throughout Arizona. The fund continues to use its popular online platform to inform the public about the plight of immigrants and government policies on immigrants.
In its recent report, the fund reported on June 6, 2017 that Pima County Board of Supervisors and Tucson City Council in Arizona had joined hands to resist President Donald Trump’s border wall in Arizona.
The Pima Board has already passed a resolution denouncing the border wall calling into question its necessity and cost. The Tucson City Council followed suit by passing a similar resolution and castigated the President and the companies involved in the construction efforts.