The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) is a nonprofit organization that operates on the behalf of immigrants and refugees without regard to their immigration status.
The organization was founded with a core principle to seek social justice, economic justice, human rights, and to ensure a safe and healthy life for immigrants and refugees. The organization was founded in 1986.
The NNIRR has advocated for the call-to-action within the country for raising the level of treatment by immigrants and migrants to a place of respect for their rights as well as dignity among society.
In recent years, particularly in 2016, the immigrant and migrant community have been exposed to challenging circumstances that has increased anti-immigrant actions and unproductive conversations which are spreading across the nation. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
The NNIRR has sought to strengthen the cause by aligning with core groups that can organize and support the actions necessary to carry out protecting immigrants and migrants. At the core of the alliance is to prevent unnecessary immigrant detention, reduce unnecessary deportation, end harassment and discrimination as well as bring a common awareness to the public of incidents when they occur.
On December 18, 2017, the NNIRR joined others within the international advocacy community to honor immigrants and migrants. The day is recognized as International Migrants Day.
On the same day, there were seven youth leaders from Arizona detained in Washington after their perceived disobedient protest at Capitol Hill.
In support of the DREAM Act that needs to be included within the short-term spending bill by Congress, the young leaders were there because of the recent decision to end portions of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that may result in many youth deportations.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund immediately began facilitating information to the scores of immigrants in Arizona about their detainment. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, is a nationally-known organization that brings awareness to the immigrant and migrant community for their empowerment and change-making decisions.
The seven detained young leaders represented the Arizona community that is acting with courage and nonviolent action to have their voices heard. The resources provided by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to the community bring these types of issues to the forefront much more quickly.
The detainment of the seven youths escalated to a hunger strike by the individuals and reportedly other protests planned for Capitol Hill on their behalf.