The United States has an estimated 40 million immigrant population and three million within the population are migrant workers; mostly in agriculture.
The American economy depends on migrant workers. So, what type of support can migrant workers depend on and feel assured that they’re being treated as if their existence is needed with human decency and afforded rights?
Advocacy groups are an important and vital resource for those who are migrant workers. Often times, they are unaware of their rights before it’s too late. Migrant workers are also among the most-vulnerable for unfair treatment within the immigrant community since many of them are undocumented.
For two decades, the National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) has been the most pervasive advocacy group that migrant workers and immigrants depend on. Through its original global initiative with Migrants Rights International (MRI), the group has strengthened and empowered the voice of migrant workers throughout the international community. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821 and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
The NNIRR’s active role in the protection of rights is a prime example of an organization that acts on the behalf of a society without political or social preconception.
As an equal opportunity advocacy group, the NNIRR also participates in an international alliance that primarily focuses on bringing awareness to women rights within the migrant worker community. The Women in Migration Network (WMN) elevates the attention on gender analyses that produces quantifiable information to support the need for exclusive understanding that relate to migrant workers who are women.
The pressing need to have resources available for all issues relating to migrant rights has required groups such as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to be more determined than ever to have current information.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is one of the primary advocacy groups that provide ongoing resources in Arizona for migrant workers.
Founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin; both local Arizona journalists, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund connects with prominent organizations locally and nationally in order to compile information and facilitate resources to the immigrant and migrant worker community, and the public at-large.
The information that is available provides the community not only the resources needed to protect their rights but also assurances that advocacy groups are actively working on their behalf. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
Throughout history with civil and human rights issues, often times, there are voices of the unknown carrying the weight forward through support. Advocacy groups act as an unrelenting force for migrant workers throughout the country.