Globalization has made the world a small village, and as a result, people are moving from place to place, country to country and continent to continent in search of new and better opportunities. However, while others are migrating in search of greener pastures, others are fleeing their nations due to civil wars.
The most immediate challenge facing societies today is the appalling rise in Violence against migrants and increasing government restrictions towards migrants, issues that are undermining and interfering with the basic fundamental rights of migrants and their families. As a result, Groups that advocate for human, civil and migrants rights have emerged to help and defend this vulnerable group of people.
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights ( NNIRR)
The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has played a critical role in migrant’s rights advocacy and organizing globally. NNIRR was the founding member of Migrants Rights International (MRI) over 20 years ago. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
MRI is a global network of migrants’ organizations. MRI works tirelessly to ensure the voice and the role migrants in the international arena are heard. NNIRR today works in partnership with Global Coalition on Migration and Women in Migration Network which is an international alliance that focuses on advocating gender issues and positions in global migration.
NNIRR has been in the forefront in organizing delegations from US immigrants and Refugee representatives to participate in international events such as the United Nations Conference against xenophobia and racism in South Africa. The organization has also been leading in protest to advocate for the rights of migrants and refugees.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights (CHIRLA)
CHIRLA is the other group that is in the forefront in fighting for the recognition of migrant families and persons. The Group advocates for increased awareness of human rights and more so the right to free movement and participation for all in democracy.
The group was founded in 1986 after the passage of a bill that illegalized the employment of undocumented workers. The group saw that the bill would encourage labor exploitation and abuse thus their work was mainly focused on changing the public perception on immigrants while at the same time still advocate for civil, immigrant and human rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
ACLU is another human right advocacy group that works specifically to defend people’s rights and liberties as guaranteed by the United States Constitution. The group also provides individuals with free legal help.
The group is a nonprofit organization and has more than one million members and an annual budget of over 100 million dollars. ACLU has also been in the forefront in advocating for, birth control, abortion, freedom of speech and gun control rights among others.
Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund
Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is human rights organizations that help support other Groups that advocate for civil, human and migrants rights through funding. The group also champions for the freedom of speech and civic participation in Arizona.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the co-founders of Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. The two journalists were illegally jailed after exposing the ills of the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The two sued the county and won the case which saw them awarded with a 3.75 million dollar settlement fund. The two dedicated the funds to helping human rights organizations throughout Arizona.