Founded in 1986, The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights abbreviated as CHIRLA is one of the most influential human and immigrant rights defenders from California with an impact all around the United States.
CHIRLA has helped immigrant families and individuals alike from different social and economic backgrounds who now act as agents for real social change in a conscious and deliberate effort of realizing a world where individuals can move around the world while at the same time respecting all human rights fully and a true democracy where everyone fully participates in.
CHIRLA’s formation was particularly informed by the enactment of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. This law illegalized hiring of undocumented workers and consequently created a setting where workers can be exploited and abused just for the simple fact that they are not well documented by the state, a situation that has worsened ever since which is unacceptable. CHIRLA’s main objective is to achieve a society where justice is the order of the day. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
In an effort to achieve their vision, CHIRLA been heavily involved over the years in organizing individuals, institutions and coalitions in order to build capacity, change public opinion and also change policies so that human rights, civil rights, and labor rights can be fully realized.
About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the co-founders of Village Voice Media. The duo also co-founded Phoenix New Times. The two have deliberately decided to commit the settlement money that arose out of their lawsuit with Maricopa County to fund groups that fight for migrant rights in the state of Arizona.
On October 18, 2007, the two media personalities were arrested by Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio, picked from their houses and taken to jail at night. It was highly believed that their tribulations were highly motivated by their expose of there being grand jury proceedings that sought their reports covering the said Sherriff.
Having spent their whole careers defending and asserting their First Amendment rights, Lacey and Larkin were left with no other option than to sue the County that ultimately prevailed in the United States Court of Appeals.
The two were awarded a $3.75 million settlement, monies they intend to use to support organizations that promote civil rights, human rights, and migrant rights. The fund will also support organizations that defend the right to freedom of speech and public participation throughout the state of Arizona.