Advocating for human, civil, and migrant rights has become a larger project for many organizations across the world. Organizations have been exploring various development options of bringing evolution to the international policies that govern human rights. Below are two organizations that support human, civil, and migrant rights.
ACLU (America Civil Liberties Union)
ACLU is a non-profit and nonpartisan organization that has dedicated its mission of defending civil and human rights. The organization works through lobbying and litigation. It has more than 1 million members and uses a budget more than $100 million annually. ACLU also has local affiliates who are active in more than 50 states. Perhaps, the responsibility of ACLU is to provide legal assistance in cases where civil liberties are at risks. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
Besides representing organizations and people in a lawsuit, the role of the ACLU is to lobby for policy positions that were established by its board of directors. Furthermore, the current responsibility is to advocate for human rights to the extent of opposing the death penalty for prisoners, eliminating discrimination against minorities, women, and support the rights of prisoners.
The leadership of ACLU is under Susan Herman who is the President and Anthony Romero, the Executive Director. The role of the President is to act as the Chairman of the organization’s board of directors, facilitates policy-setting, and leads fundraising. On the other hand, the responsibility of the Executive Director is to manage daily operations of the organization.
When it comes to funding, ACLU combines its income from revenue and support. The total revenue income amounted to $100. 4 million in 2014. The money originated from membership donations, grants, the donation from legal services, and bequests. Also, membership dues are considered as donations, and members are encouraged to choose the amount that they can afford to contribute annually.
CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrants of Los Angeles)
CHIRLA is an organization advocating for immigrant rights. It is based in Los Angeles. The organization evolved from a local level, and it is currently recognized at the national level. CHIRLA serves coalitions, individuals, and coalitions to build power, change policies, and transform public opinion. The objective is to achieve full labor, human, and civil rights.
CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrants of Los Angeles) was founded in 1986. During that time, it was funded by FF (Ford Foundation) with the objective of educating immigrants about Act 1986 (Immigration Reforms and Control Act). Since its establishment, CHIRLA is focused in mobilizing, organizing, and providing immigrants with required resources for leadership development.
About Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the co-founders of the Village Voice Media and Phoenix News Times, have dedicated the money they received from the settlement arrest to fund organizations that support migrants’ rights throughout Arizona. The settlement money was equivalent to $3.75 million, and it was as a result of their arrest by Joe Arpaio, the Sheriff of Maricopa County. The arrest happened on October 18, 2007.
The two journalists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, were arrested because they revealed jury proceedings that were preventing the leak of information on the articles covering the Sheriff. The most alarming part is that the jury was demanding for the identity of the citizens who were reading online stories on the New Times.
Larkin and Lacey would have spent their careers defending their First Amendment rights. However, the turn of the event was on their side. Therefore, it was their best decision to channel the money into Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, which is responsible for supporting organizations that advocate for migrants, civil, and human rights.