The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights was founded in 1986. Its main agenda is to strengthen the existing immigrant rights activists’ leadership, integration of the movement for global economic justice, social movements, and immigrants’ right. It also has an agenda of attracting more partners to work with them.
The National Network plays an active role in advocating for migrants’ rights. It has been a member of Migrants Rights International for more than twenty years. The organization is dedicated to strengthening the voice of migrants.
To do so, it has partnered with other organizations like Women in Migration Networks and Global Coalition on Migration. So far, it has partnered with other organizations that have a similar agenda not only in U.S.A but also in Europe, Latin America and Africa too. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
NNIRR came up to actively condemn Xenophobia in South Africa as well as protesting for migrant civil society at the World Trade Organization. NNIRR works tirelessly with other allies to address injustices and migrants abuse and to fight for human rights. NNIRR works with Global Coalition on Migration to advocate for the rights of migrants and raising concerns with regards to civil rights at the UN Human Rights Council.
They host several conferences and training on the subject annually. NNIRR is at the forefront of providing tools of analysis for the issues affecting immigrants all over the world and with more focus on U.S.A.
NNIRR has legislation campaigns that offer consultation services for ways of improving protection for human rights and civil rights for refugees across the world. Each year, the organization comes up with new ideas that it presents to United Nations for adoption. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
The GFMD umbrella of NNIR addresses the challenges faced by migrants and looks into the opportunities available for them. Its main goal is to streamline international migration policy and identify the best way to maximize development benefits for immigrants.
NNIR fights for justice for those who have faced violence and hate crimes and advocates for equality in the workplace for all people regardless of their age, gender, or race. They have created a workbook to address the injustices.
It records all human rights violations and challenges the responsible legislation to address the various concerns as well as exposes them to the media so that it becomes public knowledge.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey founded the Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. The two journalists donated their settlement money of $3.75 million to support all projects that work for migrants rights in Arizona. Following their arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio on 18th October 2007, Michael and Jim were booked into separate cells.
The two journalists appealed at the county at the court of Appeal of United States and won the case. This was after their release following public complaints and demands that the two should be released immediately.
Consequently, all charges against them were dropped. Their arrest turned out to be an illegal detention and power abuse on the authority’s side. The court confirmed that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had been arrested without any probable cause and thus they emerged victors of the case.