Migrant Groups in Arizona and their role in defending immigrants’ rights

Rights of migrant communities are normally at the risk of being violated by ruling administrations. However, there are rights groups that always ensure that these people enjoy their rights sufficiently. In the United States these groups include:

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights

The southern border of U.S.A and Mexico has been a channel for immigrants to the U.S.A for a very long time. Numerous body remains of unidentified immigrants are collected every year at the channel. These are bodies of immigrants who take risky routes as they try to gain access into the United States.

Although the number of immigrants continues to go down every year, there is still a huge number of bodies that are collected. These bodies are collected and stored in refrigerators. Their loved ones would wait for years before the bodies could be identified.

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights decided to help relatives of deceased immigrants get bodies of their loved ones by collecting the bodies forensics and matching them to those of people who came to look for bodies. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights aims to eliminate the struggle that families of immigrants go through not knowing about the existence of their loved ones. The organization insists that lives of migrants matters and there is a need for their bodies to be positively identified and handed over to their families so that they can be buried respectfully.

Since they started this initiative, The Colibrí Center for Human Rights has helped hundreds of families receive the body of their loved ones.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

This is an organization for started by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These are two journalists with their media outlets in the state of Arizona. They co-own Phoenix News Media and Village Voice Media.

Michael and Jim Larkin were indicted for revealing the contents of a grand jury proceeding in a case concerning notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The two were arrested at night in their homes. They jailed for covering the story in a case that would later turn out be against their rights.

The grand jury that sentenced them demanded to be shown the people who had read their story in the Phoenix News Media. Michael and Larkin were known to be authoritative journalists and who always stood for the rights of the people. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

They disagreed with this sentencing and appealed the case to the appeals court. They finally got justice through the appeals court which ordered they be paid $3.75 million as settlement fee for the case.

Lacey and Larkin decided to form the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund with the aim of supporting rights groups that stood with the minorities, whose rights are being trampled on by the authorities. Its main activities revolve around the state of Arizona and the Mexican border.

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  1. It’s often the case that migrants face discrimination mostly at the hands of administrations that may go as far as going to the media to paint gruesome images of migrants to get the public to panic and put on defensive behavior against migrants. But as NinjaEssays details some institutions like The Colibrí Center for Human Rights and The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund have been going some lengths to ensure that the rights of migrants are upheld.

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