Most of Europe and several countries in the Americas are facing migration issues. It has become imperative to identify NGOs and organizations aid and advocate in the interest of human, civil, and migrant rights.
An NGO by the name of Migrants Rights International defends the human rights of migrants in many places in the world. As Migrants Rights International is an NGO, it has special ties with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time
In times of globalization, migration and human rights have gained attention due to economic and political issues that have strong impacts on many countries. Increasing violence throughout the world is a serious social issue, as well as governments even interfering with human rights of a great number of migrants and their families.
The United Nations estimates that more than 200,000,000 people are in the condition of a migrant. This would mean that 1 in every 35 people is an international migrant. This census reflects only official numbers and does not take into account illegal immigrants, which would suggest that the number is much higher.
Migrants frequently become victims of violence. Many of them will not seek legal protection because of their illegal immigration status. Simply being “illegal” constitutes a violation of international human rights law. There are very few accounts of countries have defended the dignity and human rights people in illegal immigration status. In 1994, the “International Migrants Rights Watch Committee” was formed by human rights representatives, international church representatives as well as other organizations. In 2000, “International Migrants Rights Watch Committee” took on the name of Migrants Rights International (MRI).
MRI has headquarters in Switzerland and connects several groups from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia in fighting for migrants’ rights and building coherent migrant policies.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is another important advocate for migrant rights, which was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Lacey and Larkin also founded the Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times.
A media covered occurrence with Sheriff Joe Arpaio ended in the Police department paying Lacey and Larkin a settlement sum. Lacey and Larkin destined the settlement sum in helping migrant organizations throughout Arizona.
The incident with Sheriff Joe Arpaio involved Lacey and Larkin, who are reporters, were arrested and put in jail by Arpaio. Arpaio’s motivation was that Lacey and Larkin had divulged that grand jury proceedings had asked for the notes on articles Lacey and Larkin had written about Arpaio.
They were arrested on October 18, 2007. This arrest eventually favored Lacey and Larkin with a $3.75 million settlement.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is focused on supporting groups that defend human, civil and migrant rights. The fund also advocates for civic participation as well as the freedom of speech in Arizona and at its border with Mexico.