Martin Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund and the Global Fight for Human, Civil and Migrant Rights

Human rights need to be protected regardless of any legal and political frameworks. In instances where an infringement is made, we all form groups, do nonviolent protests and campaigns, then raise formidable civil resistance, which in turn will pave way for reforms and a better society.

Such movements mature to fully-fledged formal institutions with secretariats that advocate for human, civil and migrant rights. Notable institutions that advocate for such include the Arizona-based Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and globally, Amnesty International and Norwegian Refugee Council.

Human, Civil and Migrant Rights

All three mean almost the same but vary in legal backing and the essence for existence. For Human rights, these exist or are derived from simply being human and are universal; like right to liberty and freedom. Read more: Michael Larcey | Facebook and Phoenix New Time

Civil rights are backed by the constitution; for example, it is your civil right to vote.

Lastly, migrant rights are privileges any sovereign state should give migrants regardless of what their law says by virtue of these rights being universal; like right to life.

Institutions That Advocate For Civil, Human & Migrant Rights

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

This funding organization is headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. It was founded from a settlement fund of $3.5 million paid for the unlawful arrest of Michael and Jim back in October 2007. The two journalists, who also founded the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, dedicated the money to fund pro-human rights NGOs working in Arizona.

The goal of this organization is support groups and other organizations that stand for the rights of migrants, human and civil rights.

Being victims of first amendment violation in the hands of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, they shaped the scope of this fund to financially support organizations that also fight for the freedom of speech. Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund will also advocate for civil participation in Arizona especially on issues regarding the Mexican Border.

Amnesty International

The main goal of this global institution is to undertake research on human rights violation cases, formulate preventive interventions to reoccurrences and demand justice for the victims. The organization through its global reach prides itself in statistically researching each cases independently and going with the public opinion in forming judgement to be used in pressuring existing governments to act and reform.

AI is in over 150 countries with a following of over 3 million people. This organization funds it budget through donations and fees from its global vast membership. It also gets donations from governments like the UK and US. Learn more about Jim Larkin:

Norwegian Refugee Council

NRC is headquartered in Oslo and employs over 3500 people with branches in 20 countries across Africa, South America, Asia and the Middle East. The UNHCR, Swedish International Development Agency and the Norwegian Ministry Foreign Affairs finance NRC’s budget.

From the name, this NGO advocates for the rights of people affected through displacement globally. NRC’s scope ranges from refugees to locally displaced persons within a country because of conflict, right violations and violence, to climatic and natural causes.