In Arizona, many immigrants have been held captive by the Homeland Security department pending their deportation. Most of these people come from poor backgrounds and can’t afford lawyers or advocates to represent them. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
As much as their cases are strong enough to have them released, this is not the case since they do not know how to defend themselves. Lawyers are offered by The Florence Project to take up these cases. This project has also taken the responsibility of providing social welfare to these detainees. They believe in justice and human rights. This is exactly what they offer to the detainees.
Whenever people hear of immigrants, the first thought that comes to mind is adults. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Children have also fled their countries looking for asylum elsewhere. In the United States, thousands of these young fellows have managed to get to the border without being accompanied by a guardian or parent. Some of them are usually trafficked for money.
If they are caught by the law enforcers, they are expected to represent themselves in court. Some organizations such as the Young Center have taken it upon themselves to create awareness of human rights by advocating for these children. The Center is determined to improve the systems of immigration so that children can be treated fairly during proceedings. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
American Civil Liberties Union, Arizona, which started in the late 1950’s stands for the rights of minorities in the society. Larkin and Lacey have stood against laws in Arizona that are unconstitutional and they have spearheaded the day laborers’ freedom of speech. They also encourage the use of legal documents to avoid deportation from Arizona.
Other people have come together to provide the basic needs to the immigrants at the borders. Tucson Samaritans project began in 2002 and it works on providing medicine, food, maps, water and packages that immigrants can use to survive the journey through the desert that is close to Tucson. This project was begun by the Southside Presbyterian Church.
DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is another organization that is helping immigrants in the United States. If any immigrant has achieved the least requirements necessary to be a DACA beneficiary, they can apply to the program.
This program is usually a two-year benefit with a renewal option. Once an immigrant is accepted into the program, they are eligible to apply to schools and even work in the United States. Additionally, the immigrants get a chance to access some state-provided benefits such as access to tuition grants and driving licenses in some States.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a brainchild of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The Frontera Fund began in order to assist in the fair implementation of civil, immigrants and human rights alongside the freedom of speech.
The Fund seeks to support individuals and organizations who stand for people who are oppressed from exercising their rights.
Taking into consideration that this organization’s seed fund was brought about by an unfair arrest of the founders, it is evident that it was started with a meaningful purpose.