Civil and human rights dictate that every human being regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity or any other standing be given fair treatment without discrimination.
These rights protect individuals’ freedom from violation by fellow citizens, governments, and organizations. War and conflict are among the many reasons that make people migrate to the United States.
The very fact that they are human is enough to accord them the civil and human rights without using their immigrant status against them. Denying any person his or her rights jeopardizes the rights of all humans.
Individuals and groups have come up in large numbers to fight for these rights especially for the vulnerable groups of people. Below are a few of the organizations.
The Arizona Justice Project
The Arizona Justice Project is an organization dedicated to fighting for justice for the unfairly held inmates. It was founded in 1998 by members of the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice.
The mission was to heed the cries of the individuals whose pleas for innocence fell on deaf ears. The organization believes that unfair detainment infringes the freedom of these inmates which is against the constitution.
Through a review team comprised of volunteer attorneys and Arizona State University College of Law’s students, the organization has helped a large number of people who request its help. The organization has education programs in place for educating the public on injustices and misconceptions associated with it. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
People living with disabilities are vulnerable to their human rights being violated by people and organizations. One organization based in Berkeley, California is in the forefront to ensure that these individuals are treated with fairness.
The organization named the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund also helps parents with children living with disabilities. It was founded in 1979 and has never relented in fighting for civil and human rights of these people. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
The group also has a presence in Washington DC and is run by individuals living with disabilities. Through education, advocacy, participating in legislative matters and policy making, the organization has helped countless people access equal treatments regardless of their disabilities.
Phoenix Immigrant Justice Project
Over 300000 people living in Arizona are not documented and face the likelihood of deportation. They often lack free or affordable legal presentation because Maricopa County has no organization that offers such.
This hopeless situation caught the attention of pro bono attorneys who stepped in to assist. They created the Phoenix Immigrant Justice Project that gave a platform for such individuals to access help. The attorneys offer consultation services and also educate the people on their rights.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Ten years ago, two executives of Village Media, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were unlawfully arrested and detained by Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff. They filed a successful appeal after their release. The settlement amount came at 3.75 million dollars that led the duo to launch the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
The fund is dedicated to advocacy groups that fight for the enforcement of civil, human and migrant rights. It also tackles the issue of freedom of speech in Arizona and along the Mexican border.
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