How Different NGOs In Arizona Work To Protect Immigrants Basic Human Rights

As the push to stop federal funding to sanctuary cities and to build a wall along the border between the US and Mexico heats up, advocates for migrant rights are working harder than ever to ensure immigrants are treated with decency and respect.

Despite being in the US illegally, the US Constitution says that everyone, regardless of their legal status, is entitled to certain basic human rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

Numerous civic organizations provide services to Mexican immigrants, each focusing on a specific need. Some notable organizations include the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, which help families in Mexico find relatives who perished trying to cross the border through its Missing Migrant Project.  Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund

No More Deaths volunteers leave water along the route migrants take, hoping to prevent deaths from the harsh conditions. Taking a different approach, the Raúl Castro Institute performs non-partisan research on issues affecting Latinos and then briefs policymakers. The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund supports these and a variety of other worthy organizations, including The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, that support the Hispanic community’s civil rights.

The ACLU of Arizona uses public outreach, advocacy and litigation to protect immigrant’s rights. Their Border Litigation Project documents abuses by the U.S. Border Patrol in an effort to hold them accountable for human rights abuses.

By bringing the often inhumane conditions at detention conditions to light, the ACLU’s Border Litigation Project exposes the human rights abuses committed by the Border Patrol. A class action lawsuit for people held in the Tucson sector CBP claims that the conditions violate the Fifth Amendment and the Border Patrol’s own policies.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, executive editor and CEO of the Phoenix New Times respectively, started the fund after Arizona’s notorious sheriff, Joe Arpaio, illegally arrested them. Both men co-authored a story for the newspaper detailing abuses that the Maricopa County sheriff was committing against Latinos. It was not the first time that the Phoenix New Times criticized Arpaio.

The two newspaper executives were arrested for refusing to submit to a subpoena which, among other things, required them to release the IP addresses of all of the Phoenix New Times’ website visitors. In the end, the county had to pay Michael and Jim 3.75 million settlement.

Since the money came from the county’s taxpayers, the two decided to use the money to support the people whom Arpaio frequently targeted. Using money to help fund existing organizations was Lacy and Larkin’s way of making the biggest impact.

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