Human rights to this day is an essential topic people don’t talk about enough. For many – human rights are fundamentals, and they have never been in a situation where they are overstepped or not taken into account.
However, in many places around the world, these rights are still a luxury they don’t always experience. It is essential that the international stage is set for more open conversations about human rights of different groups of people in society.
These are groups of people others don’t always notice on a day to day basis, but they are there in the background. One such group is migrants. People who decide to leave their home country in search for better life elsewhere.
Sometimes their only other choice is poverty and even starvation. However, they don’t always possess the knowledge or have the resources to make sure their human rights are not abused.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin come into the story from a different perspective. They are both journalists who have been aware of their neighbors in Latino communities not having the resources or the language skills to make sure their employers don’t overstep the boundaries of employer and employee relationship.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin experience were impacted by their kidnapping which happened since both journalists seemed to be a threat to the local authority.
After their release, both were also arrested and taken into custody for questioning. Since they suspected the arrest was unlawful and had no real legal ground, Michael and Jim sued the state and won. They walked away from the court with a settlement money of more than 3.6 million dollars.
This experience as a whole encouraged them to put the money to a good use, and they started the Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Frontera Fund which is a human rights organization.
They want to help migrants with education and resources so they could not just have a better chance at life but to support their families and eventually become American citizens. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
Both Lacey and Larking know that it is crucial for these people to acquire legal documents for work needs but they don’t always speak English and don’t know where to turn. Therefore the Frontera Fund works with different other Human rights organizations to help these matters.
International organizations helping people to exercise their human rights have a wide net and very often include a lot of voluntary hours. However, most volunteers also understand the importance of their work and how much it can mean to others.
Migrants as a group are often one of the most vulnerable since on many occasions their home countries are torn by war but in their settlement country, they have often met my stigma. To help them assimilate while also working on their papers and language skills then is one of the most important aspects the different Human Rights organizations do.
The Frontera Fund collaborate with them and help out with resources, information, education, and networking putting the funds to the right use.