The Office of United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) is an organization that works on behalf of the international immigrant community to protect their human rights as well as providing essential information to those communities.
The objective and mission is to educate and empower immigrants and those affected by immigration in order to stand up for the ideals of basic human decency and dignity. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://james-larkin.com/about/
The OHCHR seeks to strengthen the immigrant community, embolden an understanding of equality and provide accountability for the actions of unlawful treatment by those who engage in civil and human rights violations.
In strengthening the immigrant community with supportive resources, the OHCHR plays an important role in the helping to develop early warning detection’s of human rights violations, conflicting applications of the law and also identifying violence as it pertains to detainment with immigration enforcement actions.
In a horrendous turn of events, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were the victims of having their First Amendment rights violated. As local journalists for the Phoenix Times, they exercised their freedom of speech through their publications of then Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
In 2013, they reached a settlement with the Maricopa County, and the Sheriff’s Office, for $3.7 million. However, that was not the end of their determination in taking a stand against the abuse of power of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Because of their experience Michael and Jim decided to earmark the settlement for creating the Lacey and Larkin Fund which provides resources, information and gathering of essential materials to the immigrant community. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
It was determined by both of them through their ordeal that immigrants and minorities, specifically the Latino community, were being treated far worse than their experience with Sheriff Arpaio and local law enforcement. Through their efforts, the Lacey and Larkin Fund has generated enormous support among other human rights and civil rights organizations.
With 41 million immigrants in the country and unreliable undocumented statistics, it is unclear of how many unknown cases involve immigrants who many have been mistreated or violated; however, with the focus and continued efforts by human rights groups, there can be a reduction in those that are reported.
The protection of human rights are vitally important, and the Lacey and Larkin Fund, and the OHCHR has shown by proactive and far-reaching actions that the immigrant community is best served when there are an unrelenting and supportive groups acting on their behalf.