The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) is one of the organizations at the forefront of championing the rights of refugees and immigrants with special focus on individual rights and justice. This includes access to health care and the opportunity to live safe and peaceful lives. According to NNIRR.org, the organization is fully devoted to defending and expanding the rights of refugees and immigrant communities in the US irrespective of their status.
Established in 1986, the organization has a diverse membership, which includes immigrant communities and partners committed to social and economic justice.
Over the years, NNIRR has also been active on the front lines of promoting international advocacy and organizing. This is evident in its push for the formation of the Migrants Rights International (MRI) some 20 years ago, among other civil rights focused initiatives.
Today, NNIRR works closely with several civil rights organizations such as the multi-sector alliance called the Global Coalition on Migration (GCM) and Women in Migration Network (WMN). The latter is focused on promoting gender analyses and global migration positions.
As part of its global initiative to champion human rights, justice and empowerment of global immigrants, the NNIRR continuously sponsors delegations of US refugee and immigrant representatives to attend various global events.
The events include the UN Conference Against Racism and Xenophobia roundtables and the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial marches. Joining the fray are two of the most vocal advocates for refugees and immigrant causes in the US today, journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Through the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund, the civil rights advocates have been fighting for the rights of legally under-served communities in and out of the corridors of justice.
About Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
Larkin Lacey and Jim Larkin established the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to support groups that advocate for human, migrant and civil rights along with freedom of speech and right to civil participation throughout Arizona, including the Mexican border area. According to the website Laceyandlarkinfronerafund.org, the gentlemen started their aggressive civil rights campaign after they were awarded $3.75 million settlement following wrongful arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County on October 18, 2007.
The journalist were arrested and forcefully ejected out of their home in the dead of the night and jailed for revealing the existence of a grand jury proceeding established to seek reporter’s articles on Sheriff Arpaio. The grand jury subpoenas also demanded the identity of individuals who read the New Times stories online. Learn more about Jim Larkin: Jim Larkin | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Facebook
Michael Lace and Jim Larkin are the Cofounders of the New Times. Larkin and Lacey decided to sue the county in the US Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit and thankfully their prayers were answered.