Organizations Including The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund Fight For Migrant Rights

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund began with the founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy received a settlement as compensation for their unfounded arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

They used this money to start the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to help organizations in Arizona fight for the rights of migrants. The arrest of the two men in 2007 by the Maricopa County Sheriff led to the $3.75 million settlement. The sheriff had Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey removed from their homes under the cover of darkness and jailed. This response was due to the journalists revealing the illicit actions of Joe Arpaio.

The sheriff had subpoenas sent from the grand jury demanding the identity of everyone who read the online stories from New Times regarding the lawman.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have devoted their careers to defend the rights granted by the First Amendment. They sued the county, defended their rights and won their case in the United States Court of Appeals. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund supports organizations advocating for migrant, human and civil rights, civic participation and freedom of speech.

The FIDH

The priority of the FIDH is the protection of migrant rights. They operate using a network of partners and members in countries of arrival, transit and departure. Any violation of a migrant’s human rights are documented.

The FIDH then contacts national authorities to achieve political and legal reforms. They are strong participants in campaigns to ratify the protection of migrant worker’s rights as well as the human right for their families. They fight for migrants who have had their human rights violated. The FIDH incorporates strategic litigation and denounces failing polices.

The PICUM

This organization promotes respect for undocumented migrant’s human rights. They communicate with networks and organizations throughout the world with similar concerns.

The PICUM has members in roughly 25 European countries and beyond with 107 ordinary members and 100 affiliated members. Grassroots organizers from Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium took the initiative during the end of the 1900’s to establish PICUM.

These organizations engaged in frequent meetings to share their concerns regarding migrants. Most of the migrants who turned to PICUM for help were not seeking asylum but undocumented migrants. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

PICUM focuses on five specific areas. They work to understand problems associated with protecting an undocumented migrant’s rights. They have developed the same capacities employed by the NGO’s.

They advocate to have an influence on the policy makers so the integration policies regarding undocumented migrants will be taken into effect at the social level. They raise awareness by disseminating and promoting the practices and values necessary to protect the undocumented migrant’s human rights.

PICUM is working on migration at an international level to improve dialogue throughout the civil society and international organizations. PICUM provides a monthly newsletter to address human rights issues of concern to undocumented migrants.

This newsletter is available in seven languages and circulated through a network of well over 2,400 individuals and civil society networks.

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