Civil, human and migrant rights are faced by great challenges in today’s society. Migrants and other individuals encounter violence and restrictions by government that undermines their rights. In regards to this, several organizations put in place to advocate for these rights.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
This is a non-profit organization that advocate for civil rights, provide legal aid services as well as learning alliance representing Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. It was founded in 1983 by Stewart Kwoh.
Headquarterd is in Los Angeles California, Asian Americans Advancing Justice has other offices in Monterey Park, Orange County and Sacramento. More than 15,000 individuals yearly benefit from its operations including policy advocacy, leadership development, capacity building and impact litigation.
Arizona Coalition for Migrant Rights (ACMR)
ACMR is an organization comprising of advocates and local organizations representing the rights of migrants, refugees, indigenous communities and religious groups. The group also advocates for justice, immigration policies and laws as well as educate the society to advance immigration social change and reforms. The organization is based in Arizona.
The Advocates for Human Rights
This is an independent and a non-profit organization established in 1983. Its headquarters is in Minnesota United States. The organization involves volunteers, supporters, partners and board members whose aim is to make a difference at local, national and international level. Its mission is to promote civil society and reinforce the rule of law by implementing international human rights standards.
The Advocates for Human Rights has impacted positively on the lives of immigrants, refugees, women, and children, ethnic and religious minorities. The organization focuses on training and supporting groups that advocate for human rights and represent refugees plus immigrants in seeking asylum. It also investigates and exposes human rights violation as well as push for legal reforms.
Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund
It was co-founded by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey who are also the co-founders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media
Jim and Michael established the organization to advocate for freedom of speech and civic participation as well as support groups that advocate for civil, human and migrant rights in Arizona.
This is after the two journalists were jailed for publishing an article regarding the Sherriff. Jim and Larkin had exposed the existence of a grand jury that allowed the Sherriff to seek reporters’ notes concerning them.
Being motivated by the fact that they had fought towards the implementation of first amendment rights, Lacey and Larkin sued the government. They won the case and awarded $ 3.75 million as settlement.
All the above organizations have played a major role in reducing human suffering and rights violation. With such groups in place, individuals can be treated fairly as well as feel safe.