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Human migration refers to the movement of people from one geographical site to another. The core intention of migration is to settle in the new location permanently. Migration often involves people moving over long distances in search of better living conditions. For instance, people moving across states as individuals or even larger family groups.
Consequently, the process of migration presents with it several challenges. People migrating commonly face a number of social injustices and mistreatment. To avert this unpleasant experiences, several human rights agencies have been founded. A case in point is the Platform for Internal Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants commonly known as PICUM.
PICUM is a non-governmental organization based in Europe. The fundamental aim of PICUM is to advocate for human rights of European migrants who are not documented. In view of this, PICUM is also well networked with other organizations who share similar goals. PICUM has over 100 affiliates from across the world. Further, the organization has 107 ordinary active members from over 25 states.
PICUM was first established in the 1990s by three organizations from German, Netherlands, and Belgium. These organizations met regularly in European meetings and jointly formed PICUM. Considering that most of its members were migrants, they identified this needing gap and sought to create a platform of representing other migrants at the EU level.
Indeed, PICUM has been actively protecting the rights of undocumented migrants. Their role in overseeing and creating awareness on the rights of undocumented migrants is so profound. Moreover, PICUM has been on the forefront of mentoring other Non-governmental organizations involved. For the record, PICUM has achieved tremendous success in building the working capacity of its peers.
Through active participation, PICUM has managed to influence the policy makers to consider the rights of undocumented migrants. PICUM has managed to raise awareness on the core practices to safeguard the rights of undocumented immigrants. Learn more about Jim Larkin: https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53 and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
It has greatly contributed to the international dialogues that feature migration holistically. PICUM has realized significant influence in the decision-making process of several UN agencies, civil society organizations among other renowned international organizations.
PICUM is directly committed to eradicating violence among other challenges that face undocumented migrants. For this reason, PICUM releases a monthly newsletter that campaigns and creates awareness on the rights of undocumented migrants.
PICUM has also fostered a good relationship with other migration agencies. Apparently, PICUM mutually operates with other NGO platforms, social platforms, European anti-poverty networks, the platform for children rights, and other international organizations.
The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
Several other organizations pursue a similar course to that of PICUM to protect the rights of migrants. Particularly, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have equally stood out in fighting against social injustices inflicted against migrants.
The two journalists founded Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. Following their unlawful arrest by Sheriff Joe in 2007, Michael and Jim received a financial settlement of $3.75 million.
Surprisingly, they dedicated all of this money to fund various Arizona-based groups that advocate for civil rights, freedom of expression among other migrants rights through the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.