Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is a fund that was started with the aim of supporting other groups that fight for civil, human, and migrants’ rights. The fund also provides financial assistance to groups fighting for freedom of speech and civic involvement in the state of Arizona.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was started by two close associates, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two journalists are also the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They started the fund after receiving a $3.75 million settlement following their unlawful arrest by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The two journalists had disclosed about the existence of a lawsuit that sought reports’ input on the report on the sheriff. The grand jury was also found to have asked the identity of the people who had read the story online on New Times.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund has supported various organizations and movements in Arizona such as Aliento, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, Arizona Justice Project, and No More Deaths-No Más Muertes among others. Most of these groups deal with the cross-border challenges on the American-Mexican border.
There are many are many groups that advocate for civil, human and migrant rights. One of such groups is the National Network for Immigrants and Refugees Rights. This group is discussed below.
National Network for Immigrants and Refugees Rights (NNIRR)
It is a well-known international migrants’ rights advocacy organization. The group has played a leadership role in the advocacy and organizing of migrants’ rights internationally. Additionally, NNIRR was among the founding members of Migrants Rights International (MRI). MRI brings together different migrant rights organization around the world and works towards empowering the voice and contribution of migrants in the global arena. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
NNIRR has participated in various international global events around the world. For instance, the group has previously organized the representatives of U.S. immigrants and refugees groups to attend important events like the UN Conference against Racism and Xenophobia held in South Africa and participated in demonstrations during the World Trade Organization ministerial meetings among others.
The organization has also been involved in other important events touching global justice, human rights and freedom, and the empowerment of global migrants
On September 19, 2016, a UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants was held in New York to discuss the “global crisis” as a result refugees and migrants. During the summit, NNIRR raised various concerns about the treatment of refugees by some of the US allies.
The organization noted immigration criminalization, strict border policies, deepening racism and xenophobia among other issues undermining UN’s idea to have safe, regular and orderly movement of refugees.
On December 2016, NNIRR participated in the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. GFMD was started in Brussels, Belgium in 2007 and brings together various governments to discuss migration and development.
The group also looks at the different challenges related to migration. NNIRR has been working to have the voice of migrant rights groups and global labor movements in the forum. Together with other partners, NNIRR has been organizing parallel events, now called the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights (PGA), during such global forums.