The Advocates for Human Rights, www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org, began 1983. Established in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Advocates for Human Rights’ mission is to implement standards of international human rights for the promotion of civil society, and for the reinforcement of the rule of law.
In the US and in chosen global communities, they build up broad constituencies. They work in the fight for human rights, women’s rights, education, advocacy, children, refugees, asylum, the death penalty, national and international justice, and the Nepal school.
The Sankhu-Palubari Community School (SPCS) is located in Nepal. It’s the Nepal school that gives free education to the rural Kathmanudu Valley’s neediest children.
They offer schooling from pre-K through the 10th grade. With The Advocates for Human Rights, student lives as well as the Kathmandu Valley’s Sankhu-Palubari community are significantly better.
With The Advocates’ international justice program, they seat on the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty’s steering committee. This organization consists of over 150 NGOs, local authorities, unions, and bar associations from around the world. The Advocates for Human Rights reinforces legal justice and promotes civil society by implementing standards of international human rights.
When it comes to violence against women, The Advocates have transformed the response of legal systems in more than 12 countries. They helped in the reduction of the impunity and the prevalence of violence against women through continued partnerships with defenders of women’s human rights.
They also have training of advocates and systems personnel to ensure implementation is effective, have advocacy for adopting effective policies, and use careful documentation and monitoring of systematic failures in protecting women.
About the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
The Frontera Fund started as a result of an unfortunate incident. Nevertheless, something good, and in this case, downright amazing, came out of a bad situation. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
And with Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey already having a passion for human rights as they were using their platform as a voice for others at the Village Voice Media, this unfortunate incident made them more determine in the fight for human rights. This is specifically so for Arizona and its border which is what The Frontera Fund is dedicated for.
The unfortunate incident is as follows: Some Maricopa County deputies were armed and were sent by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and they seized Larkin and Lacey’s homes in the middle of the night. This was an unlawful arrest in which the deputies were sent due to the Sheriff’s fear of the selective enforcement unit.
The Sheriff demanded them to give names and details of everyone involved as well as the readers of a cover story within the Phoenix New Times. The Sheriff even wanted the addresses and the IP addresses of the readers.
Larkin and Lacey didn’t result to this unlawful demand, and were released 24 hours later after a national outcry. They then pursued legal recourse of this illegal abuse of power, and won the case. And as a result, their winning settlement resulted in the launching of The Frontera Fund.