Every year, there is an increasing number of violations against basic civil, human, and migrant rights. These issues are especially prevalent along the United States and Mexican border. Many people are killed, mistreated, and denied the legal treatment any other citizen should receive. The shocking fact is these crimes are going unreported and public awareness on the issue is very low.
That is the reason more civil, human, and migrant rights groups are being created all over the country. They seek to educate the public and increase the awareness on this issue before it escalates even further than it already has.
One of these groups is the Colibri Group. Their main focus is on the treatment of immigrants and the complete disregard for immigrant rights that is so prevelanrt along the United States and Mexican border. The base the foundation on their group on three key features. The first is the family network, which is a program that reaches out to families and tries to help them by providing support and resources for help.
They give these families who have either experienced a death by someone trying to cross the border, or the ones who are currently searching for a lost loved one. These families are so often ostracized and treated poorly that they have no where to turn.
The Coibri Group is trying to change that. They also have a revolutionary new DNA program that is currently in progress.
Due to the harsh landscape and weather conditions along the border, bodies are often found without finger prints and with so much decay that it is impossible to identify them with a photo. To solve this problem, the Colibri Group has started collecting the DNA of families who are looking for a lost person. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter
They then send this to a very reputable lab where the DNA is evaluated. They are then taking the DNA from the bodies found along the border in order to correctly match them together. This is going to vastly increase the number of bodies that are able to be identified. This will provide a great relief and sense of closure to the families who never heard from a loved one on the border.
The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund supports the Colibri Group. After its founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued a sheriff and received a settlement, they devoted that money to other human, civil and migrant rights groups in the Arizona area. The Colibri Group was one of the first groups to be awarded funding by the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin started their careers as journalists and fought to protect free speech all their lives. It was then that they became aware of these crimes being committed along the border and their unlawful arrest by that Sheriff served as the beginning of the rise of the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. They have since impacted countless lives and are working every day to promote awareness along the Arizona and Mexican border.
Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin