Migrants Rights International (MRI) celebrated 20 years of advocating for the rights of migrants across the globe. Over the two decades, the group’s members and partners have dedicated themselves towards protecting the rights of migrants globally using various approaches.
One of the organization’s key strategies has been using international forums to speak against migrants’ rights violation. These forums include the World Summit on Social Development (Copenhagen), the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Global Forum on Migration & Development, and the World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995).
Through these forums, the organization has been able to work towards strengthening migrants’ rights groups through organizing movements and international civil society conferences. Some of these conferences include the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development, & Human Rights.
The initiative undertaken by Migrants Rights international’s members reflect MRI’s commitment to respecting, protecting, and fulfilling all migrants’ rights. With the globally outreach of the organization, it has been able to take its advocacy to every corner of the globe.
In addition, MRI advocates for unity and inclusion of migrant voices in the policy-making process to ensure that their host governments do not segregate them. Notably, Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund has been supporting the work undertaken by MRI.
MRI is one of the main supporters of the Step it Up: Dignity, Rights, and Development. The initiative was used to mark 25-years of the United Nations Migrant Workers’ Convention.
The other organizations that have worked closely with MRI to ensure the success of the initiative are Migrant Forum in Asia and the South Asian Regional Trade Union Council.
The other organizations include OHCHR Secretary of the International Convention on the Protection if the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, the Diplomacy Training Program and the Arab Network for Migrants Rights. The initiative provided migrants rights advocacy groups with a platform to amplify their voices. These groups are working towards ensuring that migrant workers and their family members enjoy their rights. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
During its 20th year anniversary, MRI reiterated its commitment to fighting for the rights of migrants. The management of MRI announced that they would ‘step up’ in 2015 to ensure decent work and dignity to migrants. Learn more about Michael Lacey and James Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821
The institution is also planning to ensure that all these workers and their families enjoy human and labor rights equivalent to the rest of the family. Migrants Rights International declared December 2014 to December 2015 to be the Migrants’ Year.
About Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund
Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund is a Phoenix-based charity organization. The institution was founded by and named after Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The fund advocates for migrants, human, and civil rights across Arizona.
The organization has created a name for itself after its active involvement in migration crisis that faced the US early this year after president Trump banned migrants from the Middle East from entering the United States.
The Frontera Fund has been using $3.75 million, which Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey received as settlement money following their wrongful arrest by Sherriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County. The two journalists hope that their fight for migrants’ rights will ensure that no person suffers in the hands of law enforcement officers.