Civil, Human, and Migrant Rights Organizations

In the world today, one of the biggest issues is civil, human, and migrant rights. There are many organizations and people who are fighting to make it possible for everyone to get treated equally and get the same freedoms. These are a few of those organizations that have a mission to help those people.

Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund
This organization came about after the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, were arrested. The arrest happened on October 18, 2007 by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Not only were Lacey and Larkin jailed, but they were pulled out of their homes in the middle of the night. This all happened because they brought to light the fact that there were documents that talked about the sheriff’s unethical tactics in office. Once they were released, they sued on the false arrest and made $3.75 million dollars. This was the startup money for the fund. This organization helps fund other ones that help immigrants who are being detained or deported that aren’t getting basic human rights. They are trying to make sure everyone gets treated well because immigrants are people too.

The American Civil Rights Institute
The American Civil Rights Institute is a national civil rights organization that was created in 1996 by Ward Connerly and Dusty Rhodes to help educate the public on the harms of racial and gender preferences. It is based in Sacramento, California and focuses on three main areas.

Those are: helping organizations in other states with their attempts to educate the public on racial and gender preferences, helping federal representatives with teaching the public about this issue, and watching and helping with legal action in California, Washington, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, and Arizona. 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/

This organization is trying to help change happen by challenging the race and gender preference mentality of people in today’s world.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch was established in 1978 and has about 400 staff members. The staff has many human rights professionals, including: country experts, lawyers, and journalists. This organization is known for finding the true facts, neutral reporting, practical use of the media, and targeted support.

Mike and Jim are also known for teaming up with many local human rights groups. Each year, they publish over 100 reports on human rights conditions in over 90 countries, as well as producing a lot of coverage in local and international media.

Since this has a lot of impact, the organization can meet with governments, the United Nations, regional groups, financial associations, and corporations to help bring about changes in policies and practices that will help improve human rights and justice around the world.

As you can see, these are just a few of the organizations that are fighting for these rights. They are making a big difference and trying to help as many people have the same rights as everyone else. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

They know that we are all human and that you shouldn’t be treated differently because you have a different skin color, nationality, or gender.

Thor Halvorssen: a Dedicated Human Rights Activist

Thor Halvorssen is a native of Venezuela. He was born in 1976 to his parents, Thor Hellum and Hilda Mendoza. His alma mater is the University of Pennsylvania from where he holds degrees in political science and history. He is the founder of Human Rights Foundation and Oslo Freedom Forum. Thor previously worked for Lucent Technologies and Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Thor’s Involvement in HFR

Thor founded Human Right Foundation (HFR) in 2005. Since then, he has been a fierce critic of world known dictators and dictatorial regimes. In 2007, Thor led HFR in a successful pursuit of justice for Sammartino Amauris, a critic of the Cuban and Bolivian government who had been detained in Bolivia for more than two weeks. Four years later, Thor and HFR were in the front line in advocating for the release of Liu Xiaobo and his wife, who were detained by the Chinese government. Xiaobo was a Nobel Laureate in 2010. In the same year, the Ecuadorian government led by President Correa imprisoned four journalists to three years in jail, among them Emilio Palacio, for publishing a story that rubbed the government in the wrong way. Thor was not impressed by this impunity, and so he wrote to the National Court of Justice of Ecuador, pleading with the court to reverse the decision.

Thor’s Take on Homosexuality

In 2009, the Ugandan government led by President Museveni and the Ugandan parliament passed a law banning homosexuality in the country. According to Museveni, anyone found practicing homosexuality would face a death penalty. Thor, who is a consistent critic of Museveni, wasn’t impressed by this and he has led HRF to protest against the draconian law. Thor argued that discriminating an individual by their sexuality was shameful, unacceptable, and unreasonable. According to him, all citizens have an equal right to protection from the government regardless of their sexual orientation.

Film Production

Thor Halvorssen has been involved in the production of many movies. He was the executive producer of the 2006 satirical film, Hammer &Tickle. He was a producer of Indoctrinate U, a documentary that condemned discrimination in American colleges. Other notable films that Thor has produced include, among others, 2081 and The Sugar Babies.