Not many people would take their bad experience in life and try to make life better for others. When someone else’s human rights are violated, not many people will step in. Very often they wouldn’t even know it happens. Unfortunately for many people human rights violations are only necessary if they are on the receiving end of it, and racial profiling for many is just a part of life.
There are people in society that blame those from a different ethnic profile for their struggles with work and life. They might not violate human rights themselves, but they also would turn away from those in need of help.
Many groups in society experience these violations on almost daily basis, and this is where human rights organizations step in. One such organization is the Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Frontera Fund.
The Frontera Fund and its Story
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists, and even though they know that it is not the safest career to choose, they could never imagine how their lives would be turned upside down. Larkin and Lacey went through an ordeal of kidnapping because of their bold stand against racial profiling.
It was followed by an arrest by the local authority at the time to extract information and hide evidence of abusing the power of authority within the local Sheriff’s office. Larkin and Lacey were not going to back down and sued the county since the arrest had no legal ground to stand on if brought up in court.
They walked away free men and with almost 4 million dollars in settlement money. This sour experience encouraged Larkin and Lacey to put their thinking cap on and find a way to do more. That is how the Frontera Fund was born. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Both men wanted to help provide the voice for those who otherwise didn’t have it. The Frontera Fund works with different other organizations to help various groups of people within the society whose human rights are abused.
Immigrants Often Suffer from People Exploiting Them
One of the most prominent groups they work with is the diverse communities of immigrants of whom many are undocumented. Migrants often have to leave their home country because there are no options for work or the political climate is too threatening unless you agree with the regime. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
However, although many find jobs in a new country, they often lack the language skills and don’t have the funds to pay an attorney to help them get all the documentation. This regularly invites employers abandoning Human rights altogether and exploiting vulnerable employees.
Organisations such as the Frontera Fund work to help them with resources, education, and documentation. Lacey and Larkin also use their Journalism career to speak out about human rights and the abuse of them in particular in their home state of Arizona where their story started almost ten years ago.
They believe that it is essential to give a voice to those who don’t have it since they have had a very personal experience of human rights abuse. Different human rights organizations link up in an international network, collaborating and making the world a better place.