The UN system has a fractured landscape that does not have a dedicated advocate for migrants. It is because of the existing gap in global advocacy for the rights of migrants that the majority of them continue to suffer. There are many migrants in the United Sates and other countries across the world that continues to live in vulnerable situations with no one to protect their basic human rights.
The emergence of migrant rights defenders has helped in improving the plight of migrants, but is important for relevant states to offer the much need support to the existing advocacy groups. There are many instances where efforts by migrant rights defenders have been frustrated by various restrictions imposed by different states.
Organizations such as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund continue to play a critical role in funding efforts to improve the lives and welfare of migrants in Arizona.
In order to improve the living and working conditions for migrants, there is a need for the host communities, members of the migrant communities, employers, and government officials to understand migrant rights. This can be achieved through migrant rights workshops, awareness-raising courses, and consultative meetings. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase
Migrant rights advocacy groups have been instrumental in; raising awareness about migrant rights, exposing abusive and exploitative labor practices, policy making, and assisting migrant workers to access the available opportunities. Instead of supporting the work of migrant rights advocacy groups, some states continue to create an environment of vulnerability in complete disregard of international law and standards.
Despite the existing efforts to improve the welfare of migrants in various states across the United Sates, the migrant community continues to face a wide range of challenges. Some of the most notable challenges include; difficulties in speaking English, raising and educating children in unfamiliar culture, securing work, securing housing, accessing services, and cultural barriers.
About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The Lacey and Larkin Forentera Fund is an Arizona based migrant rights advocacy organization that has been instrumental in improving the welfare of migrants in the state of Arizona. The Fund supports organizations that are involved in migrant right advocacy. The foundation was set up by journalists Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey with an aim of protecting the rights of the Hispanic community in Arizona.
Apart from supporting groups that advocate for migrant rights, the Lacey and Larkin Forentera Fund is also involved in funding groups that advocate for civil participation, freedom of speech, human rights, and civil rights in Arizona.
Lacey and Larkin are the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. The two journalists have always strong defenders of the First Amendment throughout their journalism career. They began funding migrant rights organization using settlement money resulting from their arrest in 2007.
They were awarded a court settlement of $3.75 million and immediately created the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The Mexican border has many cases of abuse and exploitation directed at the Hispanic community, and this organization has been instrumental protecting migrant rights at the border.