The migration, globalisation and human rights came up as central, economic and political challenges. These factors widely contributed in the reshaping of the world since the beginning of the new century.
Societies have faced numerous challenges regarding the migration issues. For instance, various Governments around the world have placed very restrictive measures that do not favour any fundamental human rights of migrants and their families. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Besides, migrants have, with time, developed a state of violence amongst themselves, and this has really challenged many societies globally. For these reasons, there has been a need for migrant protection for, in most cases, they have been excluded from legal protections, and therefore becoming universal scapegoats that are mostly targeted for violence.
The number of migrants permanently living outside their native countries has, with time risen to about over 200 million. It is then estimated that in every group of 35 people worldwide, one among them is an international migrant.
There has been an elaboration of human rights standard for migrants. The declaration has been made by the international conferences primarily for corporation towards the protection of migrant rights. For these reasons, there have been collaborations between various international representatives for the international migrant rights watch committee establishment.
The agents include; church, human rights, migrant & trade unions, inter-governmental agencies, and national& grassroots civil society organisations among others. The committee was later in 2000 renamed as Migrant Rights International (MRI)
Since its establishment, the Migrant Rights International has been involved in various acts of advocacy towards the migrants. The Migrants Rights Watch Committee is a global network and is very dedicated to reinforcing the voices and role of migrants, especially in the international arena.
With NNIRR as its founding member, it has enabled the movement to achieve a lot in the migrant advocacy. In recent past, it has been reported that NNIRR has been a close ally to Women in Migration, Network and Global Coalition on Migration. In addition, NNIRR has long been in service, in support of the relevance of global justice perspective, global migrants’ empowerments, and human rights.
Besides, MRI is not only a migrant support organisation but is also against racism and xenophobia. The organisation once organised a significant global event that actively rebelled such acts. The event had several U.S immigrants delegates and refugee representatives in participation.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
After an arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had no choice but to dedicate their settlement money to migrant rights organisation. The two co-founders of Phoenix New Times gave out the cash as to fund various institutions all over Arizona.
The arrest took place on October 18, 2007, and was as result of negative articles that violated the secrecy laws as with the grand jury proceedings. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were just journalists whose long career ended after receiving the charges by attorney Andrew Thomas.
Later on, Lacey and Larkin sued all the three people, the sheriff, the attorney and the prosecutor. This was as they alleged that they had violated their first amendment rights at the same time abusing power. For these reasons, the ninth U.S court of appeal ruled out a dis- arrest for failure to consult a grand jury by Wilenchik.
The ruling took place in the year 2012 and later on Larkin and Lacey had to receive $ 3.75 million as settlement money. The cash was set to support the civil and human right supporting groups including La Linea Fronteriza.