In a recent development, leading migrant rights organizations, including Amnesty International USA and a number of refugee group, demanded the U.S. government to protect immigrants in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. They issued a letter to the Department of Homeland Security or DHS in the last week of August 2017 that expressed concerns regarding the impact of the hurricane on people who are seeking asylum. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter
The letter stated that by taking actions against the people, the agency adds more sufferings into their lives and even evading from the human rights obligations the country was committed into. The letter was also heading to Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement along with the DHS.
The letter continued that most of the undocumented Texans are forced to keep themselves not taking the safety or moving out of the storm due to the threats of enforcement bodies. They are found to be reluctant to take the safety of shelters. The letter also mentioned that more than 52 mothers and children were stranded in a bus station located in San Antonio before the storm, with no place to move. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
The Amnesty International USA and other groups are keenly watching the situations in the U.S. considering the possibility of human rights violations. It also pays attention to the response of the governments and working on resources to ensure justice for the immigrants.
Amnesty International is one of the several such international networks working for human, civil, and migrant rights around the world. There are similar groups that work on migrant issues through various channels including campaigning, fund raising, legal assistance, support for life, healthcare assistance, and more.
Some of the prominent organizations working on the part include National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Immigrant Defense Project, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee, The International Refugee Assistance Project, National Immigration Law Center, and more.
Even non-profit groups founded by individuals have helped to address issues in specific and remote areas. Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund, a dedicated fund for human, civil, and migrant rights issues in Arizona constituted by reputed journalists Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, is one such initiative.
Both of them utilized the compensation amount issued for their illegal arrest by Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff. The incident happened on Oct. 18, 2007, and both Larkin and Lacey were arrested from their home for revealing a grand jury practice of asking news reporters’ notes that are mentioning the Sherriff.
Additionally, the jury even demanded the identity details of the online readers of those news articles.
With plenty of years working on First Amendment rights, the reporters sued the county at the country’s Court of Appeals. The apex court set both the reporters free and granted a settlement amount of $3.75 million.
Incidentally, both Larkin and Lacey decided to use the amount to help organizations working on civil, human, and migrant rights issues. They founded Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund using the settlement amount, and it is exclusively distributed to the groups working in Arizona that are also propagating the needs of civic participation along with freedom of speech.