The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund And Other Human Rights Organizations

There are organizations in many parts of the world that are involved in advocating for human, civil and migrant rights. These organization are both secular and religious. There are also several international non-governmental organizations that are very active as well. Some of the best known ones are:

  • Amnesty International
  • Avaaz
  • Society for Threatened Peoples
  • Human Rights Watch
  • International Partnership for Human Rights
  • Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Youth for Human Rights International

This are also a number of community-based organizations as well as networks that are actively involved in working to secure social change as well as protect the rights of vulnerable populations. The groups provide education about what is going on and what can be done.

They also organize mass awareness campaigns to make sure as many people as possible all over the world know that there are a growing number of victims of largely unchecked grave human rights violations. Part of the role of these group is to identify those who committed these atrocities and call for collective action to stop it.

Some of these groups focus on the lack of community health and development, environmental and economic justice and the protection of basic human rights. These organizations advocate for protection for the rights of local communities as well as shine a light on international incidents that demand justice if there is to be true peace.

The groups pursue these goals by collect documents, researching problems and undertaking studies. They also organize seminars, conferences and symposia where they disseminate information and encourage other local, national and international organizations concerned about human and peoples’ rights to work with them to create change. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Michael Larcey | Crunchbase

One group in the United States that is deeply involved in the human rights struggle is the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund. Founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists that have been on the front line of free speech battles their entire careers, the organization provides resources for organizations in Arizona involved in the fight for migrant rights and other aspects of the struggle for human and civil rights.

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was created with a $3.75 million donation from Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The co-founders of both Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times, Lacey and Larkin received the money from suing Maricopa County, Arizona.

Larkin and Larcey were illegally arrested because they wrote articles pointing out the actions of Joe Arpaio in targeting migrant workers and refused to give up the sources of their information or a list of people that read the articles online.

Arpaio called himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff” and made the lives of Mexican immigrants in Arizona a living hell.

In their publications Larkin and Lacey detailed the atrocities Sheriff Arpaio committed and the sheriff’s office’s financial irregularities, rampant mismanagement, retaliatory abuses of power, substandard health conditions in the jails and the illegal detention, mistreatment, persecution and deaths of Latinos. This led the Sheriff Arpaio to arrest Larkin and Lacey illegally.