Lacey and Larkin

GED2DACA is an organization that provides DREAMers in Pima County, Arizona, with the opportunity of atending High School Equivalency preparation classes. Ten week preparation classes are offered to DREAMers at no cost, and they are not required to provide documentation.

This is a very crucial service, because DREAMers cannot enroll in GED preparation classes at most public institutions due to the fact that they do not have documentation from DACA. However, they cannot apply to DACA without a High School Equivalency Diploma. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes is an organization that serves to protect immigrants as they are coming over the border. The organization provides food, water and shelter for immigrants who cross the hot, dry, tough terrain between Mexico and the United States of America.

They leave water out for immigrants who are crossing over. Their goals is to keep as many migrants from dying as possible. They also document abuse by authorities on migrants.

Arizona Justice project exists to help indigent people who are criminalized, given unfair sentences and are unable to attain proper representation. This organization work with pro-bono lawyers, expert investigators and law schools in Arizona to bring evidence to cases.

Promise Arizona, also known as Paz, is an organization based in Arizona that was founded in 2010 in response to the contempt towards Hispanics that was expressed through the passage of SB1070.

Promise Arizona takes part in protests, conducts voter registration drives that are non-partisan, holds workshops to inform and register people for DACA and promotes civic engagement.

Justice That Works is a grassroots non-profit that has been established with the vision of amending the problems in the criminal justice system. The philosophy of this organization is that prisons and police are not needed. Too many people, especially minorities, are being locked up and this testifies to the fact that the system is white supremacist.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is associated with all of the above organizations—No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes, Arizona Justice, Promise Arizona and Justice that Works.

It’s goal is to support establishments that encourage civil rights for marginalized groups such as immigrants, undocumented people, Hispanics and people on the LGBTQ spectrum. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the masterminds behind the Frontera fund, decided to found it after having their rights stomped on by Maricopa County, Arizona.

Trans Queer Pueblo is a community of colored people who are LGBTQ+. The purpose of this organization is to advocate for equality for all, as well as to establish a voice for colored LGBTQ+ people in their communities.

Trans Queer Pueblo offers free healthcare for 100 LGBTQ+ undocumented people, and puts on health forums to educate the community. They support migrants who are detained by visiting them and writing letters.

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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/