Civil, human and migrant rights groups in the world today

Human rights are the standards by which human beings should live by when interacting with fellow human beings. They are supposed to make every human being equal. Human rights disregard the differences that human race has in terms of color, gender, age, religion, and others and embrace an approach of creating equality and fairness in the treatment of every human being in the world.

Human rights are guaranteed by the UN charter on human rights. Human rights are universal and they are to be applied all over the world in the same way. Some of the universal human rights are right to life, freedom from discrimination and freedom from slavery. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Facebook

In the world we live in, violations of human rights is not a new thing. It is a practice that has been happening for a very long time. However, it is a vice that deserves to be condemned in the strongest terms possible. Violators of human rights need to be prosecuted as it is against the law to discriminate any fellow human being.

The campaigns to look at the issues of human rights in the world is led by right groups. Rights groups are usually classified into three; human rights, civil rights, and migrants rights.

There are many groups that operate in the world that have a responsibility of ensuring that human rights are not violated. Some of the groups that have been very vocal in this war against violation of human rights are;

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

This California based group has been around for many years. It has been leading efforts to protect the rights of the immigrants in the state. It was formed after the legislators in this state passed a law that required all undocumented workers to be denied job opportunities. This law created a loophole that employers were using to turn undocumented workers into slaves.

This group rejected this law and campaigned against it. CHIRLA has been working closely with other organization to teach people about the positive aspects of immigration. People need to learn and embrace one another as human beings and not based on the origin.

About Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund

The fund was created by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Both of Phoenix News media. They started this fund with the aim of helping rights groups working in the state of Arizona to implement their programs.

They recognize the noble initiative that these groups play and chose to support them financially.

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Brazil’s Banco Bradesco Is Making World Banking Headlines Thanks To Executive Changes And New Banking Programs

According To Chairman Luiz Carlos Trabuco

It takes a lot to get the attention of the world’s banking industry. Banking is the life-force of the global capitalistic economy, but most banks like to stay under the banking radar for a number of reasons. But when it comes to making money and shaking things up in the Brazilian economy, Banco Bradesco is on that radar. Bradesco is number two in the banking industry in Brazil, but the bank is number one in news making accomplishments.

One of those accomplishments is the promotion of CEO Luiz Carlos Trabuco to Chairman of the Board. Trabuco is taking the big job because Lázaro de Mello Brandão is retiring. Some bankers feel Brandão’s retirement is long overdue. He is the oldest bank chairman in Brazil’s banking industry, and one of the first people Bradesco hired in 1943 when the bank got started.

But even though Brandão is retiring, he will still come to the office to help Trabuco. CEO Luiz Carlos Trabuco is not the kind of banker who would turn down a chance to get help from 91-year-old Lázaro de Mello Brandão, even though he has a capable executive team. The executive team is responsible for the increase in operating income and the growth of assets under management in 2017. Bradesco may be the second largest bank in Brazil, but in terms of investor interest, Bradesco is number one. And Wall Street credits Trabuco for the bank’s performance.


Lázaro de Mello Brandão retirement will give Trabuco the opportunity to bring the bank’s operations into the 21st century. He will need a strong CEO to make that happen because the 5,000 bank branches are creating serious operational issues. Brazilians want to bank online. More Brazilians are using their mobile devices to complete bank transactions. That’s why the leading candidate to replace Trabuco as CEO is an IT guy. Mauricio Machado de Minas is the Bradesco vice president responsible for creating Next, the digital-only bank according to He is in charge of the bank’s IT department and a long time Bradesco employee. But six other qualified Bradesco executives are also in the running. Andre Cano, Marcelo Noronha and Octavio de Lazari, the president of Banco Seguros are also in the candidate pool. Cano is in charge of human resources and Noronha heads the investment division. Chief risk manager, Alexandre da Silva Glüher is also a candidate, and Chief loan officer Domingos Figueiredo Abreu and Josué Augusto Pancini, the vice president in charge of bank branches also have a shot at becoming the new CEO.

But filling Trabuco’s shoes as CEO is not going to be easy. Trabuco is not an ordinary banker. He is not an accountant. He’s more philosopher than a financial wizard and he’s a people’s person thanks to his graduate degree in psychology.

Trabuco got a job with Bradesco in 1969 after graduating from the University of Sao Paulo. Mr. Trabuco didn’t waste any time showing bank executives his management skills.

In 1984, he became a bank officer. and in 1999 Trabuco got the title of vice president but his banking skills didn’t stop there. In 2003, Banco Seguros, the insurance division of the bank needed help so Trabuco got the job. He became the CEO of that division. He spent five years at Seguros, and in 2009 he got the recognition he deserved. Trabuco became the CEO of Bradesco that year, and he hasn’t missed a banking beat since then.

The new CEO will surface a month before the March annual shareholders meeting. No one is sure who will get the job, but some executives are betting Mauricio Machado de Minas or Domingos Figueiredo Abreu will be the next CEO.

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Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are Fighting so that Your Immigration Status does not have a Bearing on Your Social and Economic Prosperity

It takes a lot to stand up for what you believe in when faced by intimidation. Arizona-based journalists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, had for a long time been covering human interest stories in the city of Phoenix. This often drove them to cover stories on the conduct of police and the treatment of immigrants in the city.

As it turns out, however, the Sherriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio was not a big fan of their work and consequently cooked up false charges to have them arrested in October 2007. Fortunately, many became aware of the frivolousness of the charges laid against Lacey and Larkin, ultimately leading to the charges being dropped in a day. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin:

Committed to fighting for their rights, however, the two journalists sued Maricopa County and Joe Arpaio and won a $3.7 settlement from the county. Unselfishly, Lacey and Larkin decided to commit the settlement towards fighting for the rights of the marginalized groups in Arizona, particularly Hispanic immigrants.

It is not far-fetched to assume that the illegal detention Lacey and Larkin were subjected to has been done to other people. If these people were among the marginalized people in society such as undocumented immigrants, their stories would most likely never be heard, and they do not adequately understand their rights.

It is for this reason that Lacey and Larkin have for the last four years been supporting community organizations committed to legally helping the disadvantaged in society through their Frontera Fund. It is slightly ironic that an injustice meted out to them led to Lacey and Larkin acquiring the resources to fight against injustice.

Among the dozens of organizations that Lacey and Larkin support is the Justice for Immigrant Families (JIF) project. The Phoenix-based project is backed by the city’s Legal Action Network.

The project is targeted at helping as many of the 325 thousand undocumented immigrants believed to reside in Arizona currently, access quality legal services. These services include referrals to pro-bono lawyers, workshops on their rights and access to legal self-help resources. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

The JIF has over the course of its existence collaborated with numerous other community organizations to ensure that every resident in Arizona has the opportunity to socially and economically improve his/her life regardless of their legal status.

All in all the successes of the Frontera Fund since it was formed four years ago have been immense. The fund has directly and indirectly been able to advocate for the free speech, human rights and civil rights of thousands across Arizona.

Many of those previous discriminated against for their gender, race, religious affiliation and immigration status in Arizona now know that they have an organization looking after their interests.

It is the work of people such as Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin that truly lend credibility to the claim that America is the land of the brave and the free. Regardless of where we come from, we never lose our status as human beings and should thus be treated humanely at all times