The Advocates for Human Rights: This organizations seeks to ensure that very simply, as human beings, all humans’ right are protected.
That means that all humans have certain inalienable right that cannot be infringed upon, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, nation of origin, or religion, among other distinctions for which human rights are often infringed upon.
Protecting human rights is not only a moral responsibility; this obligation is enshrined in international law and is included among the basic tenets of nearly every nation.
This organization is of the belief that these basic principles must be adequately reflected in U.S. immigration law, policy, and procedures. Regardless of a particular individual’s rights as a U.S. citizen, our nation has a duty to uphold international and moral standards for treating a migrant, respecting his or her rights as a human being.
Mass and arbitrary confinement and detention, physical abuses, and discrimination based on religion or particular nation of origin are unacceptable abuses of individuals’ human rights and must be redressed accordingly. The group partners with the UN, legal advocates, and political allies to ensure that there is fairness, accountability and due legal recourse in the treatment of migrants to the U.S.
Human Rights Watch: This is one of the world’s premier organizations solely dedicated to combatting human rights abuses. Their steadfast commitment to protecting human rights is reflected in missions they have established all across the globe, with particular emphasis on areas where there is reason to suspect that abuses may be occurring. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-lacey-5b0159145/
One area of human rights abuses which Human Right Watch fights vigorously is that which relates to mistreatment of migrants. Because these people are uniquely vulnerable to infringement on their rights – they are out of their home country and often have no family or friends to turn to – their lives tend to be fraught with danger, inhospitable working conditions, and unhealthy or often downright abusive, detention conditions.
Human Rights Watch investigates crimes committed against these helpless individuals and does everything in its power to remedy the situation and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
Lacey and Larkin: Journalists Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey obtained a $3.75 million settlement stemming from their wrongful 2007 arrest by Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpalo. With this money, the two have established a fund to help organizations which protect and advocate for migrant rights in the United States.
Based in Phoenix, AZ, the fund has become a leading social justice and activism organization. Their fund is dedicated to ending racial profiling, random searches and arrests, suppression of free speech, denial of rights to fair jurisprudence and unlawful administrative detention. Their efforts are going a long way to protect immigrants to the U.S. that have become all too common in recent years, particularly in today’s enflamed political climate.
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