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Civil, Human and Migrant Rights Groups: NNIRR and Larkin & Lacey

Civil, human and migrant rights have been violated in one way or the other in today’s society. Different groups have however emerged today to try to advocate for these rights and support the organizations that work to uphold them. Read more; About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund

Two of these groups include the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) and Larkin & Lacey.


NNIRR has for a long time now been advocating for the rights of the migrants in various ways. Twenty years ago, NNIRR partook in the formation of Migrants Rights International (MRI). MRI is a global network bringing together the migrant rights organizations around the globe. This organization has relentlessly worked to strengthen the role and the voice of migrants globally. Learn more about Jim Larkin:

Today, NNIRR actively collaborate with the Global Coalition on Migration to execute its mandate. Global Coalition on Migration is a multi-sector alliance born out of MRI. This group is also in a working relationship with Women in Migration Network for the same purpose. Women in Migration Network is an international alliance interested in uplifting women’s position in global migration. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund

The achievements of NNIRR so far are immense. It has helped organize delegations of U.S. refugees and immigrants to take part in important global events like UN Conference Against Racism and Xenophobia, in South Africa. This group also successfully organized a protest to the World Trade Organization ministerial meeting. NNIRR has also supported the intervention by migrant civil societies in the Global Forum on Migration and Development. Ideally, it has helped maintain the relevance of human rights and the global migrants’ empowerment.

Larkin & Lacey

Lacey and Jim have dedicated the $3.75 million settlement to finance the various organizations fighting for human rights in Arizona. The two philanthropists are the founders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. The settlement resulted from the arrest of the two Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a Maricopa County Sheriff. These journalists were arrested at night while at their homes and subsequently jailed for the reason that they revealed the grand jury proceedings to expose the Sherriff.

Lacey and Larkin then sued the county of Maricopa and subsequently won the case to earn the compensation. These journalists agreed to use this money in supporting the civil, human and migrant rights work. The fund will be used to advocate human, migrant and civil rights and also civic participation and the freedom of speech throughout the state of Arizona. One of the organizations set to benefit from this fund is the “la línea fronteriza” – the Mexican border.