Larkin and Lacey Roles in Safeguarding Migrant Rights

Civil and human rights, and migration have become very important issues in the current world since the turn of the century. Movements on the same have been momentous in shaping our society.

Migrants are considered to be a vulnerable group, that’s why their rights have to be clearly spelled out. General human rights are most paramount and need to be protected at all costs. Civil rights are also crucial in running any system smoothly. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund

It is for these reasons that numerous groups have cropped up to advocate for and protect these rights. National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) is one of such groups. The group seeks to protect migrant rights on both national and international scale.

Fighting hate, racism, and xenophobia are also on its agenda. Besides that, NNIRR collaborates with other groups on economic and justice matters of importance.

The American Association for Access Equity and Diversity (AAAED) has been around for the past four decades. It has worked on empowering member to not only be productive in their careers but also successful.

AAAED also advocates for affirmative action and compliance laws as well as equal opportunity to facilitate success. It is the longest operational organization on equal opportunity making it a leader in advocating for such rights.

For over a century, the American Civil Liberties Union has been protecting the nation’s liberty. It has been operating in legislatures, courts and local communities to protect individual rights that the constitution spells out. With over two million stakeholders, ACLU tirelessly works throughout the country to ensure civil liberties are not trampled on.  Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

On one night in 2007, two journalists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were arrested by a County Sheriff in Maricopa. The two journalists had unearthed grand jury proceedings that were after information from reporters who covered stories on the Sheriff.

Shockingly, the grand jury went further to issue orders to obtain the identity of readers of online stories on the same. The pair sued the county on account of breaching their First Amendment rights.

Larkin and Lacey received $3.75 million as the settlement upon winning the case. They have since dedicated the entire sum to funding migrant rights groups and organizations in the state of Arizona.

The duo is co-founders Village Voice Media which runs 13 newspapers across the United States. Mike and Jim also co-founded Phoenix New Times a free weekly newspaper in the city of Phoenix in Arizona.