Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin established a fund to help groups fighting for immigrant rights with finances. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has so far benefitted a number of organizations fighting for the rights of immigrants with a Hispanic origin in Arizona from 2013.
The two journalists decided to establish the fund in order to finance various groups that were committed to the cause of fighting for immigrant rights.
How did the Frontera Fund Begin?
Jim Larkin and his counterpart Michael Lacey are trained journalists who started their own media ventures; Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. In the course of their work, the two journalists exposed the violations on immigrant rights that the then Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, was guilty of.
The sheriff led an organization that was really corrupt and the two journalists run an expose on him. In retaliation, Sheriff Joe Arpaio caused the arrest of the two journalists who were whisked away from their homes at night.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey went to court demanding a compensation for their wrongful arrest and detention. The court in awarding the duo an award of $3.75 million stated that the detention went against their rights as protected by the Fifth Amendment.
The duo decided to set aside their settlement money for helping various charity organizations that were fighting for the rights of immigrants based in the state of Arizona.
Organizations That Have Benefited from the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Justice for Immigrant Families (JIF) refers to a charity formed through Phoenix Legal Action Network. It is one of the beneficiaries of the Frontera Fund and its work has helped about 325,000 undocumented people.
A large number of the immigrants based in Arizona earn low incomes and hence are not able to gain access to legal services.
A good number of them have been deported for lack of funds necessary to instruct attorneys to represent them. The organization teams up with various lawyers who offer pro bono services to accord inexpensive legal services to such immigrants. JIF also educates people on their rights through orientations, legal consultations and workshops.
The organization also ensures immigrants are empowered using a number of ways by collaborating with various community agencies.
Promise Arizona or Paz is another Frontera Fund beneficiary ever since it was established. The organization fights for immigrant rights and was founded in 2010 to oppose the SB 1070 law.
The organization and others in Arizona camped and held prayer vigils for 103 days until the SB 1070 law was ended.
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