Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights (CHIRLA) fight for equal society
Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights (CHIRLA) is leading nonprofit organization in protecting immigrant families. Founded in 1986, CHIRLA is headquartered in California and extends its services to every corner of the United States.
Besides helping individual families, Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights also collaborates with other organized groups who are on the mission of ensuring the existence of an environment free from discrimination and respects everyone’s rights irrespective of his/her status; immigrant or native. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
CHIRLA organizes and encourages social reforms that aim at building a transformed community with a positive opinion and will power to assimilate everyone.
CHIRLA came into existence after the amendment of Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) in 1986. The Act illegalized any hiring of undocumented employees. This presented a chance for the exploitation of workers, and some were even abused.
CHIRLA group advocates for direct representation and participation of the immigrant families. This has helped them achieve better economic state and better working environments.
The organization provides services to immigrants just like Michael and his fellow reporter Jim do with their organization. The following legal assistance to the immigrants;
- Helping them adjust and update their status
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)- seeks to help the immigrant youth have necessary documents to prevent them from being deported
- Helps immigrants get citizenship through Naturalization
- Help them in Family-based petitions
- Assist women in fight for their rights through Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) cases
- Aid in removal of court hearings In cases of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, CHIRLA jumps in
- And obtaining Temporary Protected Status for immigrants seeking asylum
The above legal services can be categorized as;
- Helping to complete documentations
- Representation before Immigration Courts
- Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
The organization also provides help when seeking employment opportunities. And besides serving the immigrants, CHIRLA also provides aid to;
- Victims of domestic violence
- Human trafficking victims and survivors
- Individuals with criminal records
- People with disabilities, either physical or mental
- Juveniles and those discriminated due to their sexuality
Through their activities, CHIRLA depicts echoes one thing that everyone has a right to what he pleases as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others.
They are striving to see a changed community where each one’s opinion is valued and appreciated and having freedom to be wherever you want without fear of incrimination.
What is Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund?
Later that night, they were arrested by the Sheriff, but they then sued the county, and the court awarded them a settlement of $3.75 million. The two reporters, who also happen to be the co-founders of Phoenix New Times, channeled the fund to supporting groups fighting for immigrants’ rights. And that’s how Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was born.