Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund Addressing Social Protection

November 27th, 2017

About 250 million people live outside their host countries. Many of these migrants left their homes in pursuit of a better life. However, they face several challenges while in the other countries including discrimination based on their nationality status. Whether legal or illegal, immigrants face almost similar challenges. An immigrant experiences difficulties in accessing social security, healthcare, education, and other services.

Some countries have assumed the mantle of assuring these rights to all including migrants while others do not have any specifications on the same. Social protection encompasses the right to social, political, and economic choices.

The ICES passed by the UN General assembly advocates for the equal right to social protection regardless of one’s status. Human and migrant rights groups also champion for social inclusion in all aspects. Further, the human, migrant, and civic rights organizations work with the people at the grassroots to educate them about their rights. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

Arizona-based Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is in the forefront pushing for the rights of the minority in the area. Founded by media executives Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the Frontera Fund partners with and supports numerous organizations in Arizona and other neighboring regions.

As longtime residents of Arizona, Mike and Jim were aware of the problems facing the Latino community and other minorities. Before the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, Jim and Mike used their columns in the Phoenix New Times to address the social issues facing their community.

They penned an article that highlighted the injustices committed by the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office led by Joe Arpaio as well as the illegal detention of minorities. The Sheriff’s office detained the two media executives because of the publications.

Nevertheless, Mike and Jim pursued legal action and received $3.75 million as compensation. They used the settlement money to set up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera funds sponsor several cultural and arts festival that showcase the heritage of the immigrants. Among the events sponsored is the El Dia de Los Muertos Phoenix held on October 29th, 2017 at the Indian Steele Park.

Lacey and Larkin also support education initiatives for undocumented students through the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. The youth-led Arizona Dream Act Coalition champions for education rights, cheaper tuition fees, and human rights.

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights also actively defends the rights of refugees and immigrants despite their immigration status. Since 1986, NNIRR has relentlessly called for equal social and economic rights and works closely with other human rights groups to ensure equality.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s mission is to defend all individual rights as enshrined in the Constitution and laws of the US. ACLU offers legal representation for minorities and also lobbies for policies. Founded in 1920, ACLU began as a movement advocating for freedom of speech for striking workers and artist.

The ACLU also works with organizations like the National Association of Colored People to end discrimination.

Immigrants bring their expertise, knowledge, and diversity to the host country. Governments should work on providing legislation that protects their fundamental rights.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

https://michael-lacey.com/
http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

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