Just like the name suggests The Advocates for Human Rights is a group that is at the fore front in fighting for human rights in the world. The groups aim is to Implement the accepted international human rights standards and reinforce the rule of law.
Over thirty years, the group has advocated for human rights change in the regional, global and local levels. Its activities has changed the lives of many children, immigrants, and women.
By involving volunteers around the globe who advocate, educate and research on human rights issues, this group can carry its work in the United States and other global communities. This rights group was started in nineteen eighty-three by a group of Minnesota based attorneys.
At first, it was named as a Human Rights committee of Minnesota lawyers that sought to educate its members, public and the lawyers on issues to do with human rights. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter and Michael Larcey | Facebook
Through the group, local lawyers and professionals were trained and encouraged to make use of the skills and experiences to defend people rights in the city of Minnesota. In nineteen ninety-two, to reflect its goal of advocating for human rights globally and locally, the group changed its name to Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. In 2008, the group changed the name again to The Advocates for Human Rights to reflect its global touch. It has continually advocated for human rights globally.
Today, the organization has received numerous recognitions for its work. The group’s preparation and documentation of the Minnesota Protocol which provides a manual to protect and investigate arbitrary, extra-legal and summary executions was one of the early projects that saw the group internationally recognized.
The United Nations have adopted the document and it used in many countries around the world for documentation and investigation of abuses on human rights.
Over the last 25 years since its interception, the group has been involved in human rights in countries such as Poland, Mexico, Uganda, Peru, Nepal, sierra Leone, the US, Mexico, Albania among other nations. The advocates have broadened its work around the globe.
Lacy And Larkin Frontera Fund Is Born
Despite the great work that Advocates for Human Rights and other human and civil rights groups do; there is still a violation of these rights locally and globally.
One such incident happened in October two thousand and seven, two journalists Lacey and Jim; the co-founders of the Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times were arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff after they revealed that there existed grand jury proceedings which had sought reporters notes on articles that covered the sheriff. Even more shocking was that the grand jury demanded to know the identity of citizens who read stories that involved the sheriff online on Phoenix New Times.
However, a good thing did come out of this arrest as the two reporters decided to sue the county because they fought for the first amendments rights implementation. Jim and Mike won the case and were awarded settlement money that amounted to $3.75 million.
The two journalists have decided to use the settlement money to set up the Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund that supports human rights groups that fight for human, migrants and civil rights and those that advocate for freedom of speech and civil participation in Arizona and the Mexican border.
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