Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, Protecting The Human Rights Of Others

The origins of advocacy for civil, human and migrant rights began with violations which were defined by the broad term, “civil liberties.” Groups that advocate for human rights have grown beyond the early days of civil liberties protests and now have official organizational status.

Some of them received more attention than others such as the American Civil Liberties Union. But, regardless if they are in the spotlight or not, they all have one common objective, to protect and afford all humans the same rights and freedoms. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase

The advocacy groups mainly fall under the heading of Human Rights Organizations. Among these organizations are: The Advocates for Human Rights, Amnesty International USA, Oxfam and Center for Constitutional Rights, Migrants Rights.org and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Americans for Immigrant Justice. The roots of human rights violations lie deep and some of the groups also overlap with other well-established organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

When the worldwide movement for human rights hit the center stage, many thought that it was for the purpose of getting attention. In some ways, it was, but not for the individual organizers, the movement became bigger than any “one” person. It was sometimes hard to separate human rights from the issues faced by migrants.

So, the call was started to have all advocacy groups fall into one governing body, it’s called the, “International Migrants Bill of Rights Initiative.” The main emphasis is to secure the treaties already in place and establish worldwide domain over the protection of virtues for all of humanity.

In pursuit of unity advocacy, fundraising plays an important role. Many individuals such as Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin devote tireless hours to finding new methods of funding. Lacey and Larkin are the two co-founders of Village Voice Media and The Phoenix New Times. As long time owners of the newspaper they also worked as journalists. When they were awarded a settlement from the city of Phoenix and Sheriff Joe Arpaio they decided to use that money to help fund multiple human rights organizations.

The money, $3.75 million came from a case stemming from their arrests concerning notes they had taken while preparing an investigative story about the Sheriff. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund came to be because the whole matter related to their imprisonment was a violation of their human rights, as protected by the First Amendment. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin subsequently sought a way to use their platform for good. They ultimately won their case, when it was heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin wanted to make certain that every person who could not afford to fight human rights violations had access to funds in the Phoenix township, stretching to Arizona and the Mexican border. The fund also supports grass root efforts for groups which form for the benefit of those seeking advocacy in matters related to civil, human and migrant rights and Freedom of Speech.