American Groups that Advocate for Civil, Human and Migrant Rights

The United States was founded by the championship for human rights. Since then, the country has remained at the forefront of fighting for civil, human, and migrant rights. It has been a perfect breeding ground for many organizations that advocate for human rights.

The American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA)

AILA, a voluntary bar organization, formerly known as Association of Immigration and Nationality Lawyers (AINL), was founded in 1946. The organization has more than thirteen thousand attorneys and law professors.

It is a non-partisan and non-profit firm. AILA offers professional services, education, information, as well as expertise using its thirty-eight chapters and more than fifty national committees.

The attorneys are devoted to impacting the knowledge on immigration law to people. In addition, the attorneys represent U.S. families pursuing permanent residence for their relatives as well as U.S. businesses that are seeking talents from other countries. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time

As a matter of public interest, the association also represents foreign athletes, students, entertainers, and asylum seekers.

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

It was established by the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The two devoted their $3.75 million settlement funds acquired from their arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio to support organizations that champion for migrants rights in Arizona.

Jim and Michael were arrested, taken from their homes, and jailed at midnight by the Maricopa County Sheriff on October 18, 2007.

The two had exposed the existence of grand jury proceedings that sought after journalists’ notes on articles covering Joe Arpaio. The grand jury subpoenas had also demanded the identity of innocent citizens who read the New Times stories involving the sheriff online.

Larkin and Lacey took legal action against the county, and they prevailed. The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund finances groups that champion for civil, human, and migration rights in addition to freedom of speech and civic participation rights across Arizona.

Coalition for Human Immigration Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

As the name suggests, CHIRLA is based in Los Angeles and focuses on immigration rights. Formerly, the organization operated at a local level but it has evolved, and its influence is felt nationwide.

CHIRLA organizes and serves individuals, coalitions, and institutions to transform policies and public opinions with the aim of achieving civil rights. The organization has also championed for policies and legislations that benefit the migrant community.

CHIRLA collaborates with other advocacy organizations and networks targeting issues on immigration rights to achieve the common goals. For instance, it partnered with Coalition of Garment Worker Advocates (CGWA), whose main aim was to expose the violations of labor laws in the Los Angeles garment industry.

In 2001, the partnership established the Garment Worker Center which provided an opportunity for the workers to unite and come up with options to better working conditions.


Lacey and Larkin Dog Apraio’s Senate Run with Front Page Confidential

Lacey and Larkin, the news duo made famous by their feud with acting Sheriff Joe Arpaio, are once again helming a news source, and that source is once again dogging Arpaio. Michael Lacey was a college dropout when he founded Phoenix New Times. The fledgling counterculture paper with Lacey as editor, and Larkin joining as head of advertising, struggled to find an audience. It finally did and the result was a success story that flung both men into the top echelon of alternative news media. By the 1980’s the duo was operating a coast-to-coast conglomerate called Village Voice Media. Lacey was executive editor, and Larkin was CEO. The duo began to clash with Arpaio sometime after his election when he began to target the Latino community for the sake of illegal immigration. The duo dogged the sheriff incessantly, printing article after article that exposed scandal after scandal. Apraio finally began investigating the paper, leading to Larkin and Lacey’s arrest when they printed a confidential subpoena under their byline. Now, years after selling Village Voice in 2012, the duo is taking to the internet. Front Page Confidential prints stories dealing with free speech, and already has numerous articles focused on Senate-hopeful Joe Arpaio. It looks as if the feud is about to get a reboot.


In their spare time Lacey and Larkin have been doing their part to support the Latino Community in Arizona. The duo formed the Frontera Fund in 2014, using a multi-million dollar payout from their wrongful arrest lawsuit. Frontera allocates money from the $3.75 million dollar settlement, to support Latino groups fighting for migrant, civil, and human rights. These organization offer support, education, healthcare, and legal representation. Some organizations also fight discriminating laws, and attempt to level the playing field for migrants in the U.S.


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