Larkin & Lacey: Advocating Freedom and Justice

In a society full of the unknown, where dangers lurk in every corner, it is comforting to know that there are advocates for the common good. To know that there are organizations who actively implement professional techniques to cease illegal and sometimes heinous activities is quiet comforting. Now, not all organizations have the luxury of significant impact. This is not the case however for the International Justice Mission.

They focus primarily on Human rights, law and law enforcement. They work specifically on the abuse of power by authority. Now it is important to note that many officers do follow proper procedure, but in an unsure world with many dangers lurking we see a shift towards an over-protective and sometimes invasive engagements initiated by the police and governing authorities.

The International Justice Mission is committed to calming the political waters of such civil unrest and implementing effective strategies to ensure that all citizens are treated fairly and have their rights adhered to on a consistent basic.

That last part is most likely the trickiest issue. It is easy to attain temporary change, but as people change, so do the laws. That’s why its a battle with ever-changing variables, requiring an adaptable program that grows with the laws.

Regarding containing the misuse of power by governing authorities, this is not the only organization in effective operation. Another effective advocate for all human, civil and migrant rights is the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Michael Larcey | Twitter

Similarly, they also specifically are involved with maintaining police integrity and not only that but keeping them well informed so that no one misuses their power. This is exactly what we witness in their prominent and shocking tale.

After releasing information through their press that they were being targeted for their free speech they were greatly dismayed. They were being targeted by a Grand Jury for eventual seizure of all their articles and notes. Also, their computer information including personal browsing history. They were later then arrested in their homes and taken to separate buildings to be interrogated.

Shortly afterwards, they were released and agreed to a settlement of three million dollars, not surprisingly. To think that you could get away with such a blatant violation of free speech was merely a pipe dream.

Ironically, they ended up funding a cause by Larkin & Lacey which advocates towards stopping that exact behavior. It is easy for those in power to acquire over time a sense of entitlement. It comes naturally with the job, this is why it is imperative to inform officers and enforce the constitution. Not only this, but the Frontera Fund also gives to other organizations of similar causes to pool resources into a greater general cause of human rights.

Their effective strategy has proven fruitful, and with their remarkable intellect they have successfully lobbied against such reckless abuse of the law and continually are making strides to ensure a reduction of these situations. Anyone can fall victim, they understand this well taking steps to reduce it!

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

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Thor Halvorssen is Not Your Usual Activist: He Exudes Courage and Confidence in His Fight for Human Rights

The boss of the New York-headquartered Human Rights Foundation (HRF), Thor Halvorssen, comes from a lineage of leaders and human rights believers. Fighting for human rights and freedom comes naturally to him. His family members have been tortured in the line of fighting for human rights. Mr Thor, however, doesn’t wallow himself in pity or sadness and doesn’t go with the traditional belief of activists loving humanity and hating people. He notes that he loves people who have the courage to stand up against dictators. He has been keen on the people he places to head his organization, which is manifested by the hiring of Václav Havel and Garry Kasparov. Thor considers himself as a classical liberal. For him, the political inclination of the people he hires is not important as long as they share the same mission of driving out dictators. HRF focuses on fighting authoritarianism and be a voice for political prisoners from all over the world.

Work Entails

Thor notes that his line of work is not a walk in the park. He and his cameraman have been beaten up and arrested when they went to interview a Buddhist church leader who was under house arrest in Vietnam. He had to lie to the Vietnamese authorities that he was a Buddhist seeker for his freedom. This manifests his belief that human rights cannot be fought for by talking only, but by fiercely defending them by all means. HRF holds an annual forum, Oslo Freedom Forum, which has grown in popularity and is now named Davos for Dissidents by reporters. Thor Halvorssen on Facebook.

About Thor Halvorssen

Thor Halvorssen is a respected human rights activist, who hails from Venezuela. He focuses his efforts on advocating for public interests and pro-democracy as well as individual rights and freedom.

Thor Halvorssen studied political science and history at the renowned University of Pennsylvania. Thor is also a film producer.

http://nypost.com/2017/01/10/how-venezuelas-corrupt-socialists-are-looting-the-country-to-death/