Our civil rights cannot be taken for granted. As many advancements that have been made in the last 100 years towards civil and human rights, without constant vigilance, it is all too easy to lose the ground that has been gained- or even slide backward. There are a variety of groups around the nation dedicated to preserving civil rights, and human rights throughout the immigration issue is one of paramount importance right now.
The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee works as a contributor to the cause of working to preserve human rights at international borders. The group is passionate about protecting the rights of all immigrants, regardless of their legal status. It was founded in 1986 and has drawn talent from a diverse group of immigrant communities. NNIR works to build bridges in working with other organizations across the country that prioritize social and economic justice.
2017 has called for an increase in insuring immigrants are not falsely detained, harassed, discriminated against, deported, or excluded. Classifying refugees correctly is also important to ensure they receive the help they need.
By planning and strategizing with local organizations near the borders, NNIR has increased its own effectiveness and empowered its allies through education and advocacy tool-kits. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
For the part of the US population not currently involved in immigration reform, NNIR works to be a voice to push back against the current xenophobic climate of distrust and hate.
By educating the populace, more people can play a role in putting pressure on the Trump administration, state government, and border patrol enforcement agencies to treat all humans with the respect they deserve.
Some of the most passionate members of the civil rights conversation are those who have experienced injustice firsthand. Michael Lacey and Jim Larken, the co-founders of Phoenix News Times and Village Voice Media, were firsthand victims of flaws in the system when they were unjustly arrested in October 2008 for exercising their First Amendment rights by disclosing the existence of grand jury activities which were seeking notes from the pair on prior news articles regarding the local county Sheriff.
Consequently, Michael and Jim successfully sued the court and were ultimately vindicated in the 9th circuit court of appeals. The $3.75 million settlement was used to start the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund; the fund is used to lend support for groups working towards civil rights, human rights, immigration reform, freedom of speech, and an increase in positive local civilian participation along the Mexican border.
The Lacey & Larkin Frontera fund has been pivotal in having immigration cases reopened, and continues to advocate to allow refugees and immigrants to resolve legal issues and stay in the United States with their families and communities.
They have also condemned the border wall and educated Trump protesters on ways to have a maximum impact on their communities.
Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/