The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights abbreviated as CHIRLA is an influential human and immigrant rights defenders base in the state of California but with a far-reaching impact all around the United States. CHIRLA was founded in 1986 and has helped several immigrant families and individuals alike from various socio-economic backgrounds.
These individuals now act as agents for visible and tangible social change. Their main objective is to realize a world with freedom of mobility where all human rights are respected fully and a true democracy where everyone can fully participate in.
CHIRLA was formed as a viable response to the enactment of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 that made employment of undocumented workers illegal. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
The law thus created a situation where exploitation and abuse of workers could and has really thrived in just. For CHIRLA and friends, this is unacceptable and should not be allowed to continue any longer. One of CHIRLA’s most important objectives is to realize a just society with full inclusion of immigrants.
In a concerted effort to realize their vision, CHIRLA has been intensively involved over several years now in organizing institutions, individual and coalitions alike with an aim of building capacity, changing public opinion and policies so as to fully realize human, civil and labor rights.
What is the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund?
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin with proceeds from a settlement of a lawsuit they filed against the County of Arizona for blatant abuse of their human rights and freedom of speech.
They are also the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. The two committed the settlement money to fund migrant rights organizations throughout the state of Arizona.
Mr. Lacey and Mr. Larkin were arrested by Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio on October 18, 2007. They were taken from their homes in the middle of the night and jailed. This followed the journalists’ expose of the existence of grand jury proceedings seeking their notes on articles covering Sherriff Joe Arpaio.
Having spent the whole of their careers asserting and defending the First Amendment rights, Lacey and Larkin’s only recourse was to sue the County that ultimately prevailed in the United States Court of Appeals.
The court awarded the two a $3.75 million settlement which helped set up The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.