Fighting for civil, human, and migrant rights is not an easy task- it requires commitment, dedication, and sacrifice. Being the leading and respected democracy in the world, the United States boasts of having the largest number of activist groups.
A majority of these groups based in the US have gone ahead to establish operations in other countries, especially in upcoming democracies in Africa and Asia. Some of the human rights groups that operate nationally and internationally are discussed in this article.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
CHIRLA started operations in California 29 years ago, before it went national. Its founders were motivated to establish it after the enactment of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which was seen by many as an act that would expose immigrant workers to exploitation.
Its main agenda is to fight for all rights that were previously denied to immigrants in America including voting rights, right to free movement, and fair workplace treatment among other basic human rights. Ultimately, CHIRLA aims at midwifing a free, fair, and just society for every American regardless of where he or she was born.
The Amazon Watch
The Amazon Watch has its operations based in the Amazon Basin, Sans Francisco. The organization’s primary focus is to fight for the place of indigenous Americans who live in the basin, and the environmental factors they associate with. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Among the issues, the Amazon Watch stands against is the construction of an oil and gas pipeline in the area which, according to natives, would erode their environmental setup. The organization has done perfectly well in ensuring that the human rights for the minority natives are respected.
ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
This is another organization that is keen on protecting the rights of immigrants. Besides advocating for these rights, the organization reaches out to immigrants and teaches them on the rights to which they are entitled to. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
Most importantly, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project sponsors litigation proceedings against any organization or individual who appears to disrespect the values the organization stands for.
At any given time, the organization usually has a case going on in America’s Supreme Court and district courts, all in the interest of ensuring that immigrants’ rights are not trampled upon. Over and above that, ACLU always leads litigation against draconian laws that if left unaddressed would deny immigrants in the US a right to fair judicial processes.
The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund
Last and not least, the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. The fund was put in place by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists who were unfairly arrested under the orders of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and later jailed. The duo had jointly established Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, media channels that the Maricopa sheriff thought were undermining his authority.
After filing a case at the United States Court of Appeals, the courts determined that Joe Arpaio had infringed on the rights of the two journalists and was instructed to pay them a settlement fee of $3.75 million.
As an approach of showing their commitment to freedom of speech, which is basically what Joe Arpaio denied them, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin decided to use the money to fund organizations that support civil, human, and migrant rights.