Immigrants Rights and the Frontera Fund

The Association for Women Rights in Development (AWID) is an international feminist organization committed to issues of gender equality, women rights, and sustainable development, its members include diverse fields and professions such as students, researcher, entrepreneurs, academics, development partners, donors, and policy makers. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter

AWID’s Mission

At the twilight of the United Nations Decade for Women professionals from different organizations inclusive of academic institutions, CBOs, and development agencies congregated to identify the role that women can play as agents of development and its beneficiaries.

This resulted in the creation of AWID as a platform for advancing issues related to multisectoral dialogue. Over the years, AWID’s goal expanded to encompass gender equality, human rights, and sustainable development. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

In this regard, the organization collaborates with other groups with similar interests and goals. Due to its activism, it has gained successful victories in activism, mobilization, and visibility while increasing its relevance and capacity.

AWID’s primary goal is the reformation of policies, laws, societal beliefs, and people to promote women and girl rights.

AWID’s Themes and Programs

Among its various concerns are:

 Women rights: the organization lobbies policy makers and donors to increase their commitment towards the expansion of women’s rights and gender justice. It hopes to achieve these goals by engaging in activities such as collaboration in research, reduction of the gap between donors and activists, mobilization of resources, and SWOTs.

 Countering religious fundamentalism: AWID strives to oppose religious fundamentalism responsible for the discrimination of women and the girl child. In this pursuit, the organization embraces the mechanisms of advocacy, dialogue, and collaboration.

 Economic justice: the organization adopts policies and strategies that help determine the reason behind the failure of contemporary economic policies and models. It achieves this by enhancing the abilities of women advocates, advancing feminist rights, research, analysis, and documentation

 Defending women rights: AWID collaborates with global and regional institutions, governments, and other players to increase awareness of issues related to women rights.

Larkin & Lacey-Frontera Fund

With money obtained after court victory against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey founded the Frontera Fund dedicated to the advancement of immigrants’ rights. The Fund specializes in supporting similar groups to promote awareness, immigrant, civil, and human rights. In addition to that, it strives to fight against the profiling of immigrants as subversive and undesirable elements in American society.

It’s vasrious activities seek to solve the problems that immigrant confront within the United States. Besides that, Frontera also engages in activities that improve human rights for all individuals. Its financial assistance is used to provide legal aid to immigrants and refugees as well as others.

In the recent past, the fund launched the Justice Immigrant & Families Project (JIF) to provide legal services to Maricopa County immigrants. As part of JIF’s operations, it pays legal fees for all cases handled by its pro bono lawyers.

In addition to that, JIF hosts workshops, consultations, distribute self-help legal guides as well as providing education on issues related to human rights. Armed with these tools, it has significant transformed the civil, human, and immigrant landscape of the United States.