CHIRLA- Taking a Leading Role in Advocating for Civil, Human and Migrant Rights in California

There are so many groups that have been fighting for human rights throughout America. The rights that they fight for are human rights, migrant rights and civil rights. Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) is one of them.

Founded in 1986, CHIRLA leads in assisting diverse immigrant individuals and families. They act as social agents who aim at changing the world by advocating for freedom and mobility, human rights, and democratic rights. The organization purposes to achieve a society that recognizes immigrants fully.

CHIRLA serves institutions, coalitions, and individuals to build power, change policies, and transform public opinion in achieving human rights, civil, and labor rights. The organization works under the virtues of power and love to the community. These drives them towards achieving the intended progressive social change.

The drive behind the formation of CHIRLA was in response to reforms in immigration and the control ACT in 1986 that made it illegal to hire undocumented workers. This created a situation whereby workers were exploited and abused.

CHIRLA’s role is in civic engagement, community education, offering legal immigration services, policy, and advocacy. Their role in civic engagement includes building an active and educated electorate. They have phone bankers and volunteers that enable them to reach out to thousands of voters in both general and primary elections. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/

Their efforts have been in creating a higher propensity in voters to vote their values and family needs. Their civic engagement work expands across California and other states in America. They aim at meeting the needs of the low propensity and the new voters in America. They encourage them to participate in democracy. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn

Their role in community education and outreach entails delivering of quality information towards successful immigrant integration. The organization responds to the critical needs of immigrants. They have formed a network of community relationships.

They work in helping the immigrants to understand their civic and human rights. They also educate them on opportunities that can allow them to step into the society. The immigrants are informed on issues that affect their daily lives. The information is offered free of charge through group seminars, workshops, presentations, policy and civic engagement.

CHIRLA provides legal immigration services to its members. Its legal staff and volunteers are supervised by licensed lawyers, doctors, and highly trained personnel. It is through its legal department that thousands of people have been helped to become citizens and get reunited with their families.

Among other work that CHIRLA is involved in is organizing communities to harness the collective power of voices and organizing leadership development strategies, models, and tactics. They also engage in a lot of work on policy and advocacy in their efforts to bringing a systematic change. They press on state, federal, and immigration policies to protect and promote human rights.

About Lacey And Larkin Frontera Fund

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey co-founded the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which funds human rights organizations throughout Arizona, in America. The funds support groups that work in advocating for human, civil and migrant rights. It also promotes civic participation and freedom of speech in Arizona.

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