Advocacy For Civil And Human Rights Of Migrants

Migration is a global phenomenon that has attracted many advocacy groups that work and put their efforts in building and strengthening networks between migrant communities and migrants rights movements.

Often are the times that human rights of migrants are violated including discrimination, the right to education or health, and even denial of freedom of movement or speech. As a result, movements have been created globally to raise awareness and minimize the level of human rights violations.

One of such groups is the Migrants Rights International(MRI). The organization which was formerly known as the International Migrants Watch Committee was established to promote the voices of migrants at all levels of policy-making.

The organizers felt the need to protect migrants whose rights are violated and restricted by some governments measures. MRI was founded by representatives from inter-governmental agencies, migrant and trade unions, civil society organizations, and Church leaders. The groups were from North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase
Another organization is the American Civil Liberties Union headed by Jamil Dakwar who is the advocacy director of its Human Rights Program. It was one of the support groups selected by the United Nations Special Rapporteur to talk about the condition.

The group also had the responsibility of organizing public hearings and meetings that enabled the Special Rapporteur to meet with local authorities, communities, and victims of the violations. The United Nations HUman Rights Council has an independent expert who plays the role of supervising, advising, and reporting on human rights abuses all over the world. He goes by the name of Dr. Bustamante.

Just like other civil and human rights, migration is a right that people are entitled and should be protected accordingly. The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights(CHIRLA) fights for immigrants together with their families by granting them the freedom to participate in democracy.

The creation of the movement was as a result of the Immigration Reform and Control Act that restricted the hiring of workers who did not have the necessary documents. It stepped in to rescue them from what they termed as exploitation.

The co-founders of Phoenix News Times and Village Voice Media were arrested and taken from their homes by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County. The reason for their detention was because they had discovered and revealed proceedings that covered the named Sheriff. The grand jury wanted to know the citizens who read the online news of Sheriff Joe Arpaio on the New Times. Micheal and Jim were later set free.

Aware of their rights, the two journalists sued the county and were granted a settlement of $3.75 through the United States Courts of Appeals. The amount was dedicated to supporting organizations that advocate for civil, human, and migrant rights in Arizona. The settlement, which is known as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was also dedicated to assisting those groups and individuals that defend freedom of speech and civil participation.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and 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
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

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