Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund Trying to Make Lives of Migrants Better in the United States

Activism

There are millions of people across the world who is suffering due to human right violations, political unrest, terrorism, poverty, food shortage, lack of medical assistance, and more. These people are in need of help, and it is what the charity organizations provide.

Some of the notable charity organizations that have a presence in many countries across the globe are Amnesty International, Child Rights Information Network, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, International Federation for Human Rights, World Organization Against Torture, Human Rights Group, and more.

These organizations help in rehabilitating people in distress in various poverty and terrorism affected regions in the world. Many of the times, the volunteers working in these organizations even put their lives in danger to reach out to the people. It is such dedication that is needed to make the world a better place.

In the United States, the political situation seems stable, but there is a lot of dissatisfaction among the certain sections of the people as to where the country is heading and the decisions made by the government. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co

One of the sections of the people who are apparently unhappy with the reforms made by the present government and how the authorities, including the law enforcement agencies, are handling their situations, is migrants and refugees.

People arriving from other countries with supporting documents and having equal rights as any other American have reported being mistreated by the authorities. There is a racial disparity that has penetrated deep into the American society and the general notion against the immigrants, migrants, and the refugees, is unfair.

And, quite naturally, it is not a generalized sentiment, but the reports of discriminatory treatment by law enforcement agencies, police, and other authorities towards migrants are increasing with every passing day.

Two of the social and political activists namely Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been trying hard to help the Hispanic community in Arizona. They have seen how the Mexicans who cross the border in search for better lives have been mistreated by the law enforcement agencies, even those who are legal migrants.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey co-own Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media that has been actively highlighting the misadministration in the law enforcement agencies in the state of Arizona, particularly under the management of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, which is what led to their arrest.

They were arrested without any valid or legal reason and thus, there was a national unrest that followed their arrest. Consequently, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were released from jail within a day and in the lawsuit, they filed against the state, they were compensated with $3.75 million by the state.

The fund they received in compensation was made into Frontera Fund, which is dedicated to helping the migrants and human rights abuse victims.

Many of the migrants have been jailed wrongfully and are in need of legal assistance, and it is what Frontera Fund can help in financing. Frontera Fund would also help in upholding the First Amendment Rights and migrant rights in the country.

Learn more about Michael Lacey and James Larkin:

http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/
http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund and Border Angels

Activism, Central America

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is a movement meant to act as a voice for the voiceless and the less fortunate in the society. Jim and Michael have once worked as journalists and they encountered people who are discriminated against and have no one to speak for them. Not only have they gotten in touch with such people but they have gone through such circumstances. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time

When they were journalists they were arrested for no valid reason, giving them more reasons to fight for the voiceless in the society. There are things that happen that are against the law but people in power support them because they have more power than those who are discriminated against.

Lacey and Larkin know that what they are into is not a simple task but they are determined to make it happen. They are focused and determined, knowing that some fay their hard work and commitment will bear fruits. They believe that there is a time when discrimination will be done away with and people will get along regardless of aspects such as gender, age, race, color and social class.

There are other organizations which have a goal similar to create unity in the society and speak for the voiceless. The organization is referred to as border Angels. It is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 by Enrique Morones.

Border Angels is a charitable organization and just like Larkin and Lacey, it was created with the intention of dealing with issues in migrant rights, immigration reforms and preventing the deaths of migrants along the border. Border angles, is involved in educating members of the community as well as creating awareness through programs involving guide trips for migrants.

The guide trips is used to help migrants learn more about the United States –Mexico border policy and learn more about the migrant routes. Migrants are among the people who have their rights violated most of the time. In this case, such organizations are formed to help them.

Border Angels have operated for quite a while since in 2014 they were active during the 2014 American immigration. It is in this case, clear that organizations to support the voiceless in the society have been active for years. During the crisis, children from Central America were seeking to enter the United States and Border Angels distributed more than 45 tons of donated books, toys, food as well as clothing for the migrants.

The organization also ensured that they blocked the way for those who tried to block the migrants. Knowing that they have support from other organizations, Jim and Michael keep on moving hoping for the best.

Halvorssen and the Human Rights Foundation

Activism, Human Rights

Thor Halvorssen has is so committed the international human rights that he works nearly around the clock year round. Halvorssen is founder and president of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, which he started in 2005. He is half Norwegian and half Venezuelan and descends from a long line of political movers and shakers on both sides. Two primary ideals that have remained important to almost every one of these people is human rights and individual liberty. Commitment to these things has also become very personal to Halvorssen: His father was tortured after exposing corruption in the Venezuelan government and his mother was shot at a human rights demonstration.
The incident with his mother and father are the biggest personal motivators for his drive for human rights, but his cousin is also unjustly imprisoned in Venezuela. Above all, Halvorssen has a commitment to help and deep love for all people. Halvorssen had appointed Vaclav Havel as chairman of Human Rights Foundation. After Havel died in 2011, he replaced him with Garry Kasparov. This has been a very hands on role both for Kasparov and Halvorssen. They have both endured many beatings and physical trials for the cause of human rights.

Thor Halvorssen has also been in some incredibly sticky situations and managed to get himself out of them. He has been involved and continues to be involved in some of the most biggest human rights infringements throughout the world. However, his biggest passion has always been opposition to left-wing Latin American dictators. He has been criticized for his defense of right-wing groups and his fight against left-wing politicians in an industry where the left-wing principle of tolerance is so important. Halvorssen does insist the he is a liberal, but a classical liberal.

But being right or left isn’t that important an issue to Halvorssen. He goes after human rights violations wherever they are found. Most of the politicians he has opposed just happened to be left wing. Halvorssen just guides the ship that is the Human Rights Foundation and its staff of 12 employees. But although they are smaller than other human rights organizations, they usually have bigger international projects.