Civil rights, human rights, and immigrants’ rights fall at the heart of every society. These are rights groups that ensure that the dignity and respect for fellow human beings are maintained. In the 21st century, there is no reason why a human being should discriminate on fellow human being. Unfortunately, there still exist cases where the rights of humanity are not respected.
In such a case, who should stand up for the rights of those discriminated upon? Luckily there are people who have dedicated their lives to ensuring that the rights of people are respected no matter what.
Discrimination in many societies come from the same people who are given the responsibility of protecting the rights of the people. This is the reason why governments are usually the main culprits of human discrimination. Others are criminal gangs and rogue business entities.
However, these are just but a few. Human rights discrimination comes in different shapes and forms. In this article, we will focus on a few groups that have played a very key role in ensuring that the rights of people as enshrined in law is maintained. Human rights also go out of the way to stand against laws that may be enacted but are discriminatory.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is a foundation that was started by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These two were also the founders of two media groups, Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.
The fund was started to address the plight of immigrants in the state of Arizona. The fund was as a result of discrimination that was meted out to these two journalists when they were arrested for carrying out a story about a Sherriff in Arizona.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin has spent most of his time in the journalism career fighting for the rights of the weak in the society. They used to publish stories addressing such cases.
They felt that the treatment they were accorded was not right and they decided to sue the state of Arizona. They won that case at the court of appeals in the U.S. and were granted 3.75 million dollars as compensation.
The Advocates for Human Rights
This is one of the largest groups that spearhead the campaigns for human rights. It was established in 1983 to fight against any sort of discrimination against human rights. It is independent and impartial and addresses the rights of all regardless of the race or origin.
One of its main roles is to investigate and expose cases of human rights violations against refugees and immigrants.
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