When it comes to human rights and migration, several groups have been formed to protect and promote their interests. These organizations are all over the world, and they all share the same goals which are to enhance the economic, political, and social conditions of the migrants. One of these groups is the Center For Migrant Advocacy that protects the rights of overseas Filipino workers and their families.
It promotes their rights through advocating, networking, building their capabilities, and networking. The center also plays the role of conducting studies, collecting information, and looking into urgent matters on migration.
CMA’s vision is to have a society that gives equal opportunities to the migrants regardless of their gender, religion, ethnicity, and occupation. It also hopes to provide justice where needed and improve on the governance traits. In the case of the well-being of the Filipino migrants, the center has a mission to uphold their social, economic, and political rights together with their families.
Another advocacy group is the Center for Constitutional Rights, which is non-profit. The organization is education and focuses on protecting and improving the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Read more: Jim Larkin |LinkedIn
Through the litigation process, CCR ensures that legal resources are accessible to the poor, the communities of color, and the voiceless. Part of the group’s responsibility is to train and educate the younger generation who want to become the future Constitutional and human rights attorneys. It also ensures that there is a broader movement for constitutional and human rights.
The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has played a huge role in international human rights advocacy and even forming other organizations that do the same. Among these agencies is the Migrants Rights International, which is a worldwide network that connects migrant rights groups. MRI always makes sure that the voices of the migrants are heard, and their roles in the international domain are reinforced.
NNIRR has also been working closely with Women in Migration Network that was formally known as the Women and Global Migration Working Group. The organization focuses on empowering and uplifting concerns of the female migrants. The group has taken a step to carry out joint campaigns with other women groups that will make women visible in the international policy-making process.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund seeks to support the organizations advocating for civil, human, freedom of speech, migrant rights and civic participation in Arizona. The Fund was founded by two journalists namely Micheal and Jim. The two partners have dedicated their settlement money of $3.75million that resulted from an arrest to support migrant rights organizations in Arizona.
Being the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio for revealing the existence of grand jury proceedings on him on their paper.
The arrest was made on October 18, 2007, in their sleep. Since they were aware of their human rights, they sued Maricopa County where the Sheriff worked.
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