Lacey & Larkin Is Improving The State Of Migration And Human Rights Defenders

The world’s population comprises 3.2 percent of international migrants, including refugees fleeing persecution, people displaced by environmental factors and those seeking employment. The increasing number of immigrants has made resulted in the complexity of human rights concerns. Most of the countries where immigrants seek for refuge are concentrating on establishing economic and security interests, thus ignoring human rights. This situation has seen the rise of human rights and civil groups such as FIDH working to protect the human rights.

For instance, FIDH, through its network of partners and members in related countries, ensures the adoption of legal and political reforms by national authorities. They achieve this objective by documenting all violations experienced by migrants from departure, transit and arrival. The organization also fights against impunity perpetrated by those who violate migrants’ rights through various processes, including strategic litigation.

Despite the crucial role of protecting human rights, human rights defenders and civil groups are facing hostility from in different countries. Instead of supporting and encouraging the good work that these groups are doing, the states are now imposing restriction on the operations of human rights defenders.

This situation is being experienced all over the world. Various governments are ignoring their roles of protecting human rights and continuously passing laws that deny these groups of freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression.

This situation has resulted in abuse, death threats, forced disappearance, torture, arbitrary arrests and detention, and assassination of human rights defenders. The increasing hostility has seen various actions being made towards the protection of these groups to ensure that they operate in free environments.

For instance, FIDH partnered with the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) in 1997 with a goal of safeguarding groups that defend human rights. This partnership seeks to protect individuals who experience repression by states, as a result of their human rights activities. They strive to eliminate isolation and marginalization of non-profit workers, journalists, lawyers, community leaders and trade unionists.

About Lacey & Larkin

Lacey & Larkin is a revered organization that supports groups that fight for civil, migrant, and human rights, including freedom of expression and civic participation across Arizona. The organization, which offers support through Frontera Fund, is managed by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These two journalists are also the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.

The duo launched Frontera Fund in 2007 after they were arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, for exposing his misdeeds. The Phoenix New Times had featured stories of Arpaio’s role in perpetuating the spread of anti-Mexican fear and political posturing across Arizona. Maricopa County Attorney’s Office had also sought the identities of those who read the newspaper’s online stories.

Lacey and Larkin wrote about the events leading to their arrest and the proceedings, which resulted in the national outcry for their release within 24 hrs. This situation ended in a prolonged court battle between the duo and the Maricopa County.

Lacey and Larkin won the court battle, thus receiving $3.7 million in settlement. The two have since used the money to fund the Frontera Fund. Notably, they have supported numerous organizations, including Arizona Justice Project, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, Fundacion Mexico and GED2DACA.

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Aloha Construction Leads in Providing State-of-the-Art Homes in Illinois and Southern Wisconsin

It is yet another peak roofing season for the much bonded and trusted Aloha Construction Inc, in many centers of Illinois, considering that the area has already experienced significant blows due to the hails, storms and high winds.


The local siding and roofing contractors have had positive returns since they opened their doors in the state, now serving Southern Wisconsin with a new digital portal meant to assist homeowners to access expert help. Aloha Construction is in a bid to fulfill the promise they made of building quality homes, through the program they launched to undertake interior restoration services.


In 2013 alone, the Company was able to complete 7,000 projects in record time, with the figure increasing in 2014 and currently 20,000 projects underway, all in the state of Illinois. David Farbaky, the President and the CEO of Aloha Construction indicate that their interest is centered on making sure their clients are more secure in their homes.


The new brand is set to be launched in early May in their new headquarters in Lake Zurich. The new models, he says will feature remodeling of kitchens, basements, bathrooms, water extraction and natural disaster aides. Farbaky gives the assurance that they are now ready to do a standalone team of experts out in their regions and fields.




Glimpse into Aloha Construction

Aloha Construction, Inc. is a bonded and insured family-owned general contractors company providing their construction services in Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Through their Lake Zurich location, they have been able to assist those in Cook, McHenry and DuPage Counties proudly.



They also have locations in Washington, Peoria, Tazewell and Champaign counties, all of them getting assistance via the Bloomington Office. The company has a series of projects in Gurnee, Round Lake, Lake Villa and Mundelein, all adding up to 18,000 in number. They also state that they have the Midwest Illinois covered.


They offer services in roofing, siding and setting gutters. The work done by the Aloha Construction seeks to protect your home and family from the effects of severe weather as well as raise the property value by improving appearance, giving it character and making it a maintenance-free home.