Over the years, human beings have developed fundamental human rights that all people are entitled to enjoy. In most countries, human rights are enshrined in the US Constitution. This makes it mandatory for the state to protect the rights of the people. Rights are divided into different groups. This grouping depends on the targeted population and objective of introducing such rights. Various organizations have been set up to promote human rights. In this article, I will discuss four organizations that advocate for civil, migrant, and human rights.
- Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey founded the Phoenix New Times and Media. They were arrested in 2007 for informing the public about the existence of a jury investigating a sheriff. As law-abiding citizens and journalists, they revealed the information. Larkin and Lacey sued the county for infringement of their rights. The couple won a settlement of $3.75 million after the court found that they were unlawfully arrested.
After the ordeal, the couple decided to set up a fund to support freedom of speech, human, civil, and migrant rights in the state of Arizona. The fund is used to assist people whose rights have been violated by law enforcement officers. The fund also supports migrants whose rights are always under threat. The fund works in collaboration with other organizations such as the Arizona Justice Project, Promise Arizona, and the Center for Neighborhood Leadership.
- The Advocates for Human Rights
This group was started to reinforce the rule of law and promote civil society movements. The organization relies on research, advocacy, and education to promote human rights. Based in America, the organization also works in some other selected countries. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
The group has restored peace in some countries because of its activities. Some of the initiatives they intervene include international justice, immigration rights, women human rights, education rights, and death penalty. The organization is non-profit and gets its funds from contributions from well-wishers and government grants.
- Migrants Rights International (MRI’s)
This organization was started in 1994 and was initially known as International Migrant Rights Watch Committee. In the year 2000, the group changed its name to MRI. The organization was created as an initiative of the church, trade unions, inter-governmental agencies, civil societies, migrant, and human rights organizations. The main aim of establishing the organization was to protect migrants and asylum seekers from abuse. This group works with other national and international humanitarian groups from Asia, Africa, North America, Latin America, and Europe.
- Amnesty International USA(AI USA)
AI USA was founded in 1966. The organization works to protect and champion human rights regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, and residence. In the US, the organization promotes human rights through education and lobbying. Read more: Phoenix New Time
The group also informs the people about what rights they ought to enjoy. The organization creates reports about human rights violation in America. They also petition the government whenever a legislation that seeks to limit or violate a right is passed.