NIJC and Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund Strategies to Advance Immigrants Rights

Human rights are inalienable and should be prioritized at all times. The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), a Heartland Alliance program was established to offer justice and protect the human rights of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. As part of its wider objective, NIJC offers direct legal services to advocates fighting for the rights of the vulnerable communities through impact litigation, policy reform and public education.

The whole process combines individually focused client advocacy with systemic change. The services include; General Immigration Services, Unaccompanied Children Services, Anti Human Trafficking, LGBT Rights and Asylum services.

Most people who apply for general immigration services are eligible youths seeking deferred action and employment authorization; victims of international human trafficking and immigrants applying for permanent residence through family based authorization programs.

The NIJC legal services offered to unaccompanied immigrant children target minors those under 18, who enter the US without parents or guardians. The service aims to find the best options available to ensure legal immigration relief. The asylum seekers who need assistance from NIJC need to be currently living in the US.

Individuals who cannot go back to their country for various reasons, including persecution by government because of their religion, nationality and political views may also qualify. The National Immigrant Justice Center receives a lot of help from pro bono attorneys from leading law practices in the US.

This assistance has made it possible for the justice center to serve thousands of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants. Statistics indicate that the center serves over 10,000 people annually and has a high success rate of 90%. The National Immigration Justice Center is located in Chicago, Illinois and operates offices in Goshen, Indiana and Washington D.C.

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund was established by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin after they received a settlement of $3.75 million for unlawful arrest on October 18, 2007 by the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The journalists were arrested for exposing the existence of grand jury proceedings seeking reporter’s notes on articles written about Arpaio.

The settlement was made by the US Court of Appeals for the ninth Circuit. The fund supports migrant right organizations and causes throughout Arizona. Lacey and Larkin, the founders of Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media remain committed in their quest to defend the First Amendment Rights. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

Through laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org, the journalists have a formidable platform to highlight immigration and human rights issues. In an excerpt published on 21 June, 2017 the site discusses a court decision to reverse access to in-state tuition for Arizona’s DACA dreamers.

This follows a decision by the Arizona Appeals Court to overturn a 2015 declaration that awarded in-state tuition to DACA beneficiaries. Kenton Jones, the presiding judge argued that DACA doesn’t confer legal status to immigrants under the federal laws and added that states have the powers to decide what optional benefits to give DACA dreamers.

The decision has surprised many Dreamers who have benefited and those currently schooling under the program.

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