In the recent past, groups that advocate for human, civil, and migrants rights have continued to emerge one after another. The situation could be as a result of increased cases of violation of these rights particularly to the marginalized.
The incidents pose a threat to the rest of humanity whose rights are also at jeopardy which calls for these organizations to spring up and act. Below are a few of the organization dedicated to seeing that other individuals, companies, and the government uphold the civil, human, and migrant rights.
Arizona DREAM Act Coalition
Undocumented students in Arizona suffered from a 2006 law that stated that they required high tuition fees. They could also not access public scholarships on merit basis.
The situation prompted a group of students led by Dulce Matuz to rise and raise their voice against the discrimination. They formed the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, which has continued to fight for education rights as well as low tuition fees. The organization also fights for migration and human rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona
For almost sixty years now, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has been fighting for human rights of all people from all walks of life in Arizona. It is well known for its efforts to fight against laws that affect the marginalized groups.
The organization has successfully fought against laws that banned multi-racial marriages and freedom of speech for day laborers. It also won a case on police harassments to immigrants. The organization launched the Border Litigation Project in 2013, an initiative aimed at providing legal support along the borders for people who are violated against the constitution.
Justice that Works
Attorney Heather Hamel imagined a justice system that can keep humanity whole by uplifting and transforming communities when she founded Justice that Works. Heather and her teammates Ayensa Millan and Viridiana Hernandez desire to see a justice system that is fair to all regardless of color and race.
They also fight for different types of punishments to law offenders that aim at lifting them up rather than throwing them in jail. The organization advocates for sentences such as community services, support groups and drug counseling among others.
The best thing about the organization is that it asks the communities to deliberate on issues affecting them and how they can be solved. They then present the issues to Phoenix City Council. The organization hopes to change all areas in the region including education, healthcare, and infrastructure among others.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Ten years ago, two media personalities, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were unlawfully arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Their crime was revealing the sheriff’s misdeeds in the county. Upon their release, they sued the county and won a settlement of 3.75 million dollars. The two owners of the Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times launched the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is committed to supporting the fight for civil and human rights by funding organizations dedicated to this course. It is also dedicated to advocating for civic participation and freedom of speech in Arizona and along the Mexican border.
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