Under the US constitution, everyone living in the US have a right to equal protection under the law. However, this is not always the case. Minority groups, especially immigrants, tend to be discriminated and put under deplorable conditions should they bring any complaints forth.
For Example, in Arizona, immigrants and their families are stored in a warehouse, where conditions are so inhumane, as they wait for hearing of their cases.
They are treated this way because they are not a majority, hence have no voice. Also, most of them have no money to hire lawyers to represent them, even when they have viable cases. http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
Luckily, there are some organizations that have dedicated time and funds to voicing the needs and rights of immigrants. These civil, human and immigrants’ rights groups educate, advocate and conduct research on human and civil rights for the immigrants.
They are the reason why more immigrants can today boast of living in a just community. Here is a list of some of the most influential civil, human and immigrants’ rights groups.
Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund was established by two human rights activists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The two are founding partners of the Village Voice and Phoenix New Times Newspaper. They started the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund with the $3.75 million that they had received as settlement money for a case that they had won. The duo had been arrested in the middle of the night, at their homes.
The arrest was led by Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff, following the publishing of his home address on the Phoenix New Times Newspaper.
However, the jury on their case found them innocent as their first amendment rights of right to free speech, had been violated. They were released on a judgment of false arrest and were compensated with $3.75 million.
Lacey and Larkin used this money to start the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. The aim of this non-profit organization is to fund organizations that advocate for human, civil, and immigrant’s rights. The foundation recently donated $2 million to the Arizona State University.
This money is to be used to fund a project where students write in Spanish and English about the various issues that immigrants face. The money will also be used to support the Lacey & Larkin Chair.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
ACLU is a reputable organizations that advocates for civil rights. The organization concentrates on helping those who have been affected from the violation of their constitutional rights. The foundation has an Immigrants’ Rights Project, which helps to ensure fair trials of immigrants, helping immigrants to access job permits and enabling them to attend schools.
The National Network of Immigrants and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
NNIRR was founded in the year 1986 and has since been working to ensure that immigrants and refugee rights are not violated. They work by building immigrant communities and empowering them to fight for their social and civil rights.
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