Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, Arizona’s Breakthrough to Human Rights Compliance

America was founded on the basis of human rights. Since then, every American individual, including immigrants’ interests, are taken at heart.

Therefore, numerous organizations and groups have emerged to champion for human, civil, and migrant justice. Some of the groups are the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), and the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.

CHIRLA is a country-based agency located in Los Angeles and is majorly interested in championing for immigrant rights. It was initially intended to operate locally but has massively grown beyond local boundaries and is now functioning at a national rank. This organization has since then strived to ensure that individuals, coalitions, and institutions are served with civil, human and labor rights in totality.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights has based its strongholds in building power, changing policies, and transforming public opinion which have been played a great role in pushing for new policies and laws that act in favor of the immigrant community. Similarly, CHIRLA has also been a part of movements that support policies and legislation that equally work for both migrant and immigrant communities. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

The many advocacy partnerships with other organizations have been a major catalyst in ensuring that CHIRLA achieves its goals. Among the many networks, the organization has been able to work with the Coalition of Garment Worker Advocates (CGWA) which has till date exposed the numerous encroachment and abuse of labor laws with regards to Los Angeles garment monopoly. CGWA gave these workers the platform to communally coming up with alternatives to better their working conditions.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles has been among the oldest firms that have been on a forefront in seeking for immigrant justice. The organization was founded in 1986 by the Ford Foundation with an ultimate aim of enlightening immigrants on the Immigrant Reform and Control Act of that year.

The Ford Foundation, funded CHIRLA, greatly helped the organization to bring light to the unregistered immigrants know exactly how to go about to attain full citizenship.

CHIRLA was able to attain many achievements which include the passing of Assembly Bill 540 that was a doorway to tuition to the undocumented students. During this period, there was more focus on aiding the undocumented immigrants to get a formal legal status. After numerous attempts, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles was able to come up with a national hotline fashioned to interface immigrants who had been legalized.

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey joined hands to fund and advocate for justice for the migrant rights organizations in Arizona after their arrest. Sheriff Joe Arpaio had arrested the two on October 18, 2007. Both of them had been brutally taken from their respective residents at night and put behind bars for bringing to light the reality of grand jury proceedings.

The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund aims to support organizations that champion human rights and the freedom of speech and expression in Arizona. Everyone deserves a right to express their views no matter their place in the society. The county was eventually brought to court for the violation of the two journalists’ first amendment rights.