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The Success Story of Lacey and Larkin In Fighting For Human Rights

The act of advocating for civil, human and migrants rights involves protecting and defending human rights. Additionally, it encompasses giving a voice to the oppressed persons and calling for accountability from oppressors for their crimes.

The groups that are involved in this process of advocating for civil, human and migrant rights are mandated to a rigorous exercise that requires a strategic and objective investigation, uphold and advocate for action against human rights abuse.

One of the groups is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, have contributed in funding migrant rights organizations.

The two journalists had revealed the existence of grand jury proceedings which sought articles covering the sheriff from reporters’ notes. It was on October 18, 2007, when the Maricopa County Sherif Joe arrested them. The duo had been taken from their homes and jailed at the middle of the night. They raised a settlement of $3.75 million in the process.

The South Texas Human Rights Center is another group. The organization is community-based in Falfurrias, Texas. They protect and defend human dignity and rights in South Texas. The group, through community initiative, has a mission to end the deaths and sufferings in the Mexican and Texas border. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

The objectives of the South Texas Human Rights is to strengthen the capacities of families locating missing lovers. They also initiate policies that prevent migrant deaths. Also, the organization is mandated to increase public awareness of militarization of the border and migrant deaths.

Another leading immigration human rights and reform advocacy agency in the United States is the Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR). With a membership of close to 4,000 individuals or 700 families, the organization helps in organizing other civic-oriented groups on the border and has created the Texas-wide Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance. The BNHR is currently educating elected officials about the needs of border communities at every level of the government.

Lastly, we have the American Friends Service Committee which supports development and growth of immigrant-led organizations. AFSC has a goal to bring the voices and concerns of immigrant communities into debates on various level of the state from local to national level. The organization has developed “human rights committees” network.

In conclusion, the groups are numerous in number but all inclined to one specific objective; to advocate for civil, human and migrant rights.

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