Journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are creators of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Both journalists also co-founded the Phoenix New Times along with the Village Voice Media with the settlement they received from an October 18, 2007 arrest. The settlement totaled $3.75 million. Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona made the arrest.
Arpaio snatched both journalists from their homes and jailed them as a result of them having revealed the existence of proceedings by a grand jury to compel reporters to reveal notes taken on articles that covered Arpaio.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund offers support to individuals or groups that defend migrant, civil, and human rights. The fund also defends the right of freedom of speech and participation in civic events throughout Arizona.
Their fund joins a host of other organizations in different parts of the world who commit themselves to making sure support is available for people who are victims of human rights abuses. Such groups work closely with their governments to reduce crime, and bring violators to justice.
A list of human rights groups includes Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Protection International, UN Watch, Global Rights, Human Rights First, and many more.
The fact remains that the world is experiencing a human rights crisis, where the rights of people are being challenged at unprecedented levels. Human rights violations have caused people to lose families, money, property, and their own lives. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
Many of these human rights organizations have helped people to get back on their feet and reclaim the basic amenities they need to survive.
Human rights violations occur when a country’s demagogues advance a political agenda by appealing to the worst instincts of a population. It also happens with governments try to prevent people from banding together for a major cause. Insecurity of those in power is a major cause for such human rights violations.
Some human rights violations include the fact that 40 million children under 15 years of age suffer abuse and neglect.
Human trafficking enslaves up to 27 million people around the world. There is a lot of work left to help rid the world of human rights violations. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and others like it are holding up the standard.
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