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Making the World a Better Place- Inspired by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

The world is slowly becoming one small market. With the technology and development, everyone seems to be living in one market. Technology has exposed many people to the condition of other nations. Jobless people can now spot job opportunities in other states.

Those with an eye for investment has also seen the market niche in other countries. All these factors have led to high rate of immigration. Other people migrate in an attempt to escape the civil wars in their country.

Research shows that over 200 million people are living as immigrants. This has encouraged the violation of human, civil and immigrants’ rights in many countries.

Many states mistreat immigrants by denying them the most basic needs. In majority states, the immigrants are denied the right to participate in democracy. Immigrants have also been subjected to public humiliation and poor conditions of living in the country.

Philanthropists feel that the immigrants deserve better than this. They believe that any individual regardless of their race, financial status and other factors have equal rights. They fight to attain equality in the states.

Many humanitarians have come together in an attempt to restore sanity in the society. Some of the most named philanthropist group include;

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has fought very many legal battles. The foundation was formed by two journalists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Lacey and Larkin are also the co-founders of ‘’The Phoenix New Times”.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin formed the firm with the money that they acquired as an apprehension compensation from the case of the Sherriff.

This was after the two published the evil deeds of the sheriff as their headline. This was a courageous step to make given the status of the sheriff in the society. The residents were shocked and thought the two were crazy.

The sheriff arrested the journalists and took them to an unknown location. It was through the protests of the civilians that the two were released within 24 hours.

Later, when the two presented their case in court, the judge declared them innocent, and they got a $3.75 million compensation. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used the money to initiate the Frontera Fund. The first beneficiaries of the project were Arizona settlers. The firm now assists the organizations that share a common goal with them around Arizona. Learn more about Michael Lacey and James Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

The DACA Foundation

The DACA foundation was created to stop the deportation of immigrants who are technically members of the USA. These are individuals who joined the country at the age of 16 or lower. These individuals have significantly contributed to the good of the society.

The institution gives the members two years after the deportation date. Within the two years, the members may have completed their education or even gathered the legal documents to be legal citizens of the USA.

The organization also allows for membership renewals. This is in the case where the two years end before the member finish their mission.

The DACA members have rescued many immigrants from deportation. It currently has more than 80000 members.

Migrant Rights Group Comes Down hard on Moria Migrant Camp

The Moria Migrant Camp, located on the Aegean Island in Lesvas, was brought to the attention of the Greek parliament for its migrant rights violations by the human rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW).

HRW’s Finding

The island’s migrant camp currently under Greek rule, was said to be in direct violation of disability rights by HRV researchers. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

The researchers claimed that both Greek and European governments have failed to provide proper living conditions for those seeking shelter and employment at the camp.

HRW researchers believed that the less than humane conditions of the camp were due largely to its high population. As of right now, the migrant camp in Lesvos has to accommodate a population that is more than twice the capacity it can reasonably handle.

Other criticisms of the camp included food shortages, improper supplies and medication for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, sexual harassment, not enough blankets, and inadequate showering facilities.

HRW’s Pleas to Government Officials

HRW has already contacted Greek government officials in charge of such matters to discuss the situation in Moria. However, until now they have not gotten any reply.

What is more, all of HRW’s efforts to engage European officials have also ended in failure as the European Government does not feel itself responsible for the situation. They basically think that is up to Greece to solve the problem.

Obstacles

Greece seems to not want to handle the situation either, as the government says that their policies for the transfer of camp members to the mainland is strictly prohibited and therefore it can do nothing about the overpopulation problem there. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

HRW, however, is not going along with this so-called policy as they say that they can not find any legal agreement that makes such claims.

The human rights group has also challenged the idea by certain officials to transfer camp members to ships to reduce the population problem within the camp. This suggestion seems a bit inhumane to them.

Instead, HRW would like Greece to consider a transfer policy to accommodate the extra members on the island camp. They think this is the only viable solution at the moment to overcome the population problem in Moria.

Lacy & Larkin Frontera Fund

The Frontera Fund was started by Jim Larkin & Michael Lacy of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They started the fund through settlement money won from a case uncovering corruption within the Phoenix Sheriff’s department.

The fund seeks to help migrant rights organizations throughout Arizona, as well as support groups that uphold civil and human rights.

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