We have many organizations that advocate for, civil, human and migrant rights in the world.
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey founded the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund out of a bad situation; the group funds and advocates for migrant, civil, and human rights, as well as encourage civic participation and freedom of speech throughout Arizona. They offer support where no other is available, and they reach out to people who have been targeted or harassed by the government.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are co-founders of the Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. On October 18th, 2007, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested the duo for having information about his illegal activities. The two sued the County Sheriff, and he lost the suit. They received a settlement of $3.75 million.
They used the money to start Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Recently, the organization funded a Chair for Barderlands Issues at Walter Cronkite Journalism School to expand and support the coverage of Hispanic issues in Arizona.
Humane Borders, Inc
Humane Borders, Inc founded in 2000 is a charitable organization ran by volunteers. They focus on humanitarian assistance; they depend on religious groups and gifts from individuals. They are motivated by a universal need for kindness and faith. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
In the Sonoran Desert, on the routes that migrants use while making the perilous journey on foot, the group maintains a system of water station to help the migrants. They seek permission from privately owned and government to put their water stations. The stations save desperate migrants from dehydration which can take their lives. By doing this they are advocating for just and humane environment in the borderlands.
No More Deaths
Located in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, United States, No More Deaths was founded in 2004 by local Jewish community leaders and religious leaders of the area. It’s s an advocacy group that is seeking to end migrant’s death across the Mexico-United States border.
It began by patrolling through the Sonoran Desert of Arizona looking for migrants who needed medical attention and water. During the summer season of 2004, the group set up camps; these camps provide permanent presence when it is hot. The camps also have volunteers who drive and patrol on foot in areas that migrants use.
The Centro de los Derechos Del Migrante, Inc
This organization was founded in 2005. In Mexico, it’s the first for transnational migrant workers’ rights. From the day it started, its mission is to improve conditions of workers earning low wages in the United States. CDM educates migrant based in Mexico who are low-wage workers about their legal rights of employment United States of America. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Twitter
The South Texas Human Rights Center
This organization in Falfurrias, Texas dedicates to the promotion, defense and protection and exercise of dignity and human rights and in South Texas. Their objective is to end suffering and death on the Mexico/Texas border by promoting policies that prevent deaths of the migrant.
The nonprofit Frontera Fund
In 2007, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were illegally arrested by Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. The ruthless sheriff had sent his unit of armed officers to arrest the former owners of the weekly alternative New Times, Inc., now known as Village Voice Media, while they were inside their Phoenix, AZ, homes. The two had initiated a major lawsuit against sheriff Arpaio after they were arrested without probable cause and had their First Amendment rights violated. After it was ruled that the sheriff had wrongfully arrested the journalists, the county had paid them both $3.75 million to settle the legal battle.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey used some of the money to endow the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. The nonprofit Frontera Fund will act as a support to other organizations that fight to protect Latino, Hispanic and migrant rights. Their fund has already provided grants to organizations across the state of Arizona. Larkin and Lacey have also collaborated to launch the Front Page Confidential, an online news source that focuses on the preservation of free speech in the U.S. and offers their commentary and historical perspectives pertaining to the issue. The Front Page Confidential released a story on how ex-sheriff Arpaio was pardoned by President Donald Trump, allowing him to flat out avoid a prison term. Joe Arpaio is now currently running for U.S. Senate as a Republican, despite controversially losing his job as sheriff.