It is very unfortunate to know that most migrants around the world do not even know some of their basic rights and freedoms. Most of the migrants continue to suffer in silence and ignorance without knowing there are some laws that are meant to safeguard their rights and well-being in their host countries.
The United States is one the countries that have the highest number of migrants in the world and continues to record a high number of abuse or exploitation cases.
Although the UN has some glaring legal gaps when it comes to migrant laws, individual countries have come up with some specific laws to safeguard the interests of migrants. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
Migrants have rights; to refuse to sign a document, to be defended by an Attorney, against unlawful arrest, and against lawful seizures and searches. The most violated rights include rights against unlawful arrests and employment rights.
There are some employers that continue to deny migrant workers minimum wage and overtime wages. In order to prevent instances of harassment, it is advisable for migrants to always carry documents that indicate their immigration status and always seek to speak to an attorney when they are arrested.
Migrant communities still enjoy the basic rights that a U.S citizen is entitled to despite the fact that they may be in the country on a temporary basis. All the key stakeholders have to come together and ensure that the rights of migrants are protected as they continue to stay in their host communities. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
The relevant government agencies and the host community have to be involved in efforts to improve the welfare of migrants because the rights of migrants cannot be completely protected without their coloration and input.
Most migrants in the United States continue to struggle with a wide range of challenges such as unlawful arrests, unfavorable working conditions, constant abuse by employers, and unequal access to employment opportunities.
There are some civil rights groups that have come up in the recent years to create awareness about the rights of migrants, but their efforts are always frustrated by some government agencies and host communities.
Despite the challenges, the various advocacy groups have played a significant role in improving the welfare of migrant communities in the country.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are two Arizona based journalist and co-founders of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The fund is largely involved in promoting human rights movements across the state of Arizona with a lot of emphasis on migrant rights.
The Arizona state has a considerable number of migrants from the Hispanic communities that have over the years faced a wide range of human rights violations.
Lacey and Larkin set up the fund in 2007 using the $3.75 settlement they had received as a court settlement. The two journalists have throughout their careers been strong defenders of civil liberties and freedoms under the First Amendment.
The Frontera Fund works with other advocacy groups within Arizona to promote freedom of speech, civic participation, and basic human rights and freedoms.