Modern global society has embraced the concept of equal rights, equal opportunities amongst all regardless of gender, race or other affiliations. Right to religion, freedom of speech and expression, freedom of belief, rights of association and right of assembly and petition among others, should now be enjoyed by all. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
However, this has not been the case as many still continue to experience discrimination and other human rights abuses. These occurrences have been the engines that have led to the creation of organizations and groups that fight for civil, human and migrant rights globally. Below are some of such organizations.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
ACLU has played a significant part in championing for human rights since its inception in 1920. From its New York city headquarters, the organization has remained in the forefront defending and preserving constitutionally guaranteed human rights and liberties. ACLU was co-founded by Helen Keller, and Roger Baldwin and is currently led by Susan Herman and Anthony Romero as president and CEO respectively.
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
It was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin following their arrest in 2007. The two, who are also the co-founders of popular publications in the region,were arrested by County Sheriff Deputies. Michael and Jim had, following their publication,received a notice demanding that they hand in all documents concerning the article.
They were released in less than 24 hours but later sued the county for unlawful arrests and won the petition. Lacey and Larkin received a settlement fee of $3.75 million which they have since used to fund organizations that advocate for human, civil and immigrant rights.
Advocates for Human Rights
Established in 1983, the organization has grown to expand its services globally. Advocate for Human Rights has continued to champion for the rights of women, children,immigrants and the minority groups. For over 30 years, this group has continued to make public cases of human rights’ abuse, represent both individuals and groups in court, as well as support other humanitarian organizations.
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHILRA)
CHILRA was established in 1986 and is headquartered in California. The formation of this organization followed the approval of Immigration Reform and Control act. The Act made it unlawful for businesses to hire workers who do not have all the necessary registration documents.
This was seen as discrimination especially to immigrants and refugees thereby violating their human rights. CHILRA has continued to work tirelessly towards creating and supporting equal opportunities for all.