It is through upholding human rights and dignity that every person on earth, weather poor or rich can feel valued by the society they live in. Sadly, some people, organizations or countries do not observe the laid out laws that aims at protecting every human beings.
Some people are jailed without any legal representation or charged higher and unreasonable fines. Some other people are used by drug traffickers as means of transporting the illegal drugs and all other forms of injustices happening in the world.
It is because of this that Amnesty International was formed back in 1961, to represent all people, the minority, the voiceless, children and women. Since its inception. Amnesty has millions of members and it is funded by their contribution and other donors. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund
It is purely non-governmental organization that has members from over 150 countries across the world. Since amnesty is free from any interference from governments, it works effectively to represent the rights of any individual in any part of the world without preference or intimidation from any authority.
Among the people represented by Amnesty are; refugees, prisoners, women, children and other minority groups that are discriminated based on their sexuality or religious practices.
By representing these people, amnesty ensures that they have legal representation when they appear in court and although death penalty is legal in some states and countries, Amnesty still fights against it as it fights against torturing prisoners in an attempt of getting information out of them.
Amnesty works under the principle of global impartiality, justice for all, respect, global security and democracy for all. To protect children, amnesty fights against recruitment of child soldiers and advocates for free and compulsory education for all children in the world. Amnesty still works to protect all political people by ensuring that anybody involved in politics is safe to practice his rights without fear of extrajudicial killings.
There are other organizations who like amnesty have dedicated their time and resources in ensuring that human rights are upheld by all. Michael Lacey and Jim founded New Times and Village Voice Media and dedicated all their $3.75 million settlement money that resulted from their arrest case in 2007 into the organization to protect and fight for the right of all.
The two were arrested in the middle of the night from their homes for revealing the existence of a grand jury proceeding on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The jury was seeking some notes from the two journalists regarding the sheriff. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
Lacey and Jim have now dedicated all the money that they got from their unwarranted arrest to protect freedom of speech and other human rights by giving voice to the voiceless through provision of funds to human rights organizations.