Human Rights Advocates

There are still people in America who advocate for the poor and downtrodden. Many of them form non-profits dedicated to helping others. Some work without pay, devoting their lives to empowering the less fortunate.

On October 18, 2007 journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin awoke in the middle of the night to law enforcement officers arresting them and demanding any and all materials pursuant to their journalistic investigation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The pair was jailed pursuant to grand jury subpoenas demanding that Lacey and Larkin reveal the identities of any citizens who had read any New Times stories online containing information about the sheriff. Lacey and Larkin subsequently sued the county and won judgement in the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was designed to aid in immigrant advocacy supporting groups working for civil rights, human rights, migrant rights, and freedom of speech and civic participation throughout Arizona.

They are especially interested in helping those on the Mexican border, also known as “la línea fronteriza. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

Many organizations are formed throughout America to empower the less fortunate. The Americorps*VISTA organization works to specifically for that reason.

Civil Rights organizations include:

The American Civil Liberties Union, which advocates for constitutionally protected civil rights and liberties.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is one of the nation’s oldest, and largest, civil rights organizations. It works to expose anti-Semitism and to protect the rights of Jews. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the country’s largest Muslim civil rights organization, works to protect the rights of Muslims.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), promoting the rights of people of color legal litigation and civil advocacy and education, and working to eliminate race-based discrimination.

Campaign Zero works for solutions to end police violence under color of law.

Organizations working on immigration reform include:

The Border Angels, an all-volunteer non-profit program using educational outreach programs and focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), an advocacy group working for human rights, civil rights, and labor rights for immigrants.

The National Immigration Law Center is dedicated to fighting for the rights of low-income advocates for immigrants through litigation and policy analysis

The National Immigration Forum uses various programs to help immigrates attain citizenship and assimilate into the labor market.

The National Immigration Law Center advocates for low-income immigrants through litigation and policy analysis.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights protects children who come to the U.S. without an adult.

Another organization focusing on youth is The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which offers enrichment programs for children after school. There are several non-profit reproductive rights groups, including

The Center for Reproductive Rights, which advocates for women’s rights.

EMILY’s List, a political action committee working to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates.

NARAL Pro-Choice America, a political group advocating for women’s reproductive rights.