There are many things people take for granted. Human rights are one such thing. It is important to remember that not all people experience human rights the same way.
One of the most vulnerable groups is immigrants. Individuals who live and work in a country that is not their native. They often don’t have the knowledge and skills to be represented.
On many occasions, employers use this lack of know-how and resources to abuse the fundamental human rights of migrants.
And because they cannot fight for themselves in a foreign country, there is no prosecution for the offenses. Nowadays many organizations fight to protect human rights of people around the world. They work together and collaborate to make the world an equal and better place.
Not many people know who Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are, but this should change. These men are journalists who had to go through quite an ordeal not so long ago.
They were taken from their homes and kidnapped because of information they had. Once released, they were arrested so that the law enforcement of their county could extract the information both journalists had on their sheriff at the time.
Michael and Jim did not give up their sources or people who were reading their news outlet. They sued the county for their imprisonment and had to jump through hoops to get their answer.
They not only won the court case but walked away with more than 3.7 million dollars in settlement money. This is how the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was born. It is an organization which protects peoples’ fundamental human rights.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin live in Arizona, and they see the mistreatment of their immigrant neighbors quite often. Mostly the Frontera Fund concentrates on their Mexican immigrant friends and colleagues, but they don’t refuse help to anyone.
It is important that people get the resources and help to learn the language, get jobs and that eventually helps them to acquire citizenship. Otherwise, their needs are very often overlooked.
Some people work in law enforcement and have a prejudice against immigrants who lack the language skills and cannot protect themselves. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin want to step in and help. Their organization’s partners ups with other agencies to offer people assistance and a listening ear. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
Going to a foreign country is a scary experience, and on many occasions, people have no choice. It means either to brave the journey or force alienation or execution in their home country. They want to work, but they don’t always know how to look for work or apply for all the documentation.
Some of these things people take for granted and it is easy to forget that there is more to people than that. They are individuals who simply don’t have the resources others take for granted, and organizations who partner up and provide care, help and someone who listens and cares are invaluable.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin prove that that is a way forward.