Countries around the world have a principle that no human being is outside the protection of the law, but it is not always practiced. Especially when it comes to border enforcement measures by customs, there is an increase in racial profiling, and often immigrant workers are exploited and abused. Learn more about Jim Larkin: https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53 and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Every year, thousands of immigrants are detained and not served with a bond hearing that determines if their detention was necessary. Some of these individuals do not even pose a danger to the safety of the public. Due to these inhuman behaviors, several people and advocates have come up to protect the rights of the migrants, despite the opposition and challenges that come along.
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) is one of the organizations that deal with human rights of the immigrants. The group is located in Los Angeles and is recognized at a national level.
It encourages the transformation of public opinion and policy change in individuals and coalitions that advocate for full human, civil, and labor rights. It has also helped in passing new laws and policies that benefit the immigrant community despite their known position.
In 1986, the organization was first funded by the Ford Foundation with the desire to provide education for Immigration Reform and Control Act to immigrants. One of the issues that it had to deal with was to direct the undocumented immigrants on the route to follow to acquire citizenship and also how to know their rights in their workplaces. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter
Another organization is Amazon Watch, which is nonprofit based in Oakland, California. It is in partnership with other environmental organizations to campaign for corporate accountability, human rights, and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems. These teams are located in Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and Peru.
It works to advance the rights of the indigenous people, particularly after the continued growth of the large-scale projects like the oil and gas pipeline. According to its web page, Amazon Watch goes beyond supporting indigenous efforts to make sure that their territories are intact and their rights are guaranteed.
ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project is a group backed by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation whose offices are in California and New York. It plays a national role in litigation by protecting and improving the rights of immigrants, enforcing the guarantees of the Constitution, and ensuring that justice is served following the law.
The project has also focused on litigation against Secretary Rumsfeld and military commanders for torturing and abusing detainees in the U.S custody in Iraq and Afghanistan and other forms of discrimination.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists by profession and co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. On October 18, 2007, they were arrested Joe Arpaio, a county sheriff in Maricopa for uncovering grand jury proceedings on him.
Aware of their rights due to their involvement in defending the First Amendment rights, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued the county, resulting in them getting a settlement of $3.75 million. They dedicated the whole amount to fund the migrant rights organizations in Arizona.