Larkin and Lacey; the Human Rights Advocates

Over the years, more and more civil and human rights groups have cropped up. This is due to the fact that the world is slowly becoming a global village and people can basically move anywhere in the world now and settle there.

The civil rights groups have lobbied for the rights of natives and immigrants, children, women, veterans, etc. with the immigration of people, civil society groups realized that there lacked rules to protect immigrants and started lobbying to help said immigrants.


Some of the human rights groups include The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) based in California. Founded in 1986, CHIRLA is focused on the creation of an all-inclusive society where everyone, native or immigrant, has full rights and freedoms and enabling participation of immigrants in democracy. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

The Amazon Watch is another human rights group based in San Francisco. They work with other environmental organizations to push for the rights of indigenous people e.g. the rights of Red Indians in the United States of America.


The ACLU Immigrant Rights Project is focused on protecting the civil and human rights of immigrants. Through litigation, advocacy and outreach, the group has seen to the legislation of rules of law protecting immigrants at the Supreme Court and district courts.

At the forefront of the global fight for human rights are The Human Rights Advocates. With the help of volunteers and partners, the group has seen to the implementation of an international human rights standard while still enforcing the rule of law.


Following their arrest and $3.75 million settlement, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin decided to use the settlement money to fund organizations that lobby for human rights. Michael and Jim were arrested and jailed after doing a story on the Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

The Phoenix New Times article covered an ongoing dispute between the Maricopa county attorney and the sheriff’s office. The ensuing events saw the two journalists arrested by plainclothes deputy sheriffs and jailed for a while.


When the settlement money got to Larkin and Lacey, the two founded the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which contributes to organizations that champion for immigrant rights throughout the border city of Arizona.

In March 2008. Larkin and Lacey were named civil libertarians by AZ ACLU. The president of the ACLU Foundation of Arizona, John Hay, while presenting them with the award commended Lacey and Larkin for the civil rights work they have been doing for almost five decades now.