Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund: Towards Immigrants Rights

Organizations dedicated to highlighting the plight of immigrants, minorities and the oppressed have played a key role in the success of various human causes.

They fund various intiaitives and programs aimed at alleviating the sufferings of humans around the world. In addition, they highlight their sufferings and call for action by the governments and various organizations to address these issues.

In some cases, these organizations create a bipartisan platform where conflicting parties that can come together and address the root causes of their problems especially in cases of immigration resulting from war.

However, their involvement in civil, human and migrant rights issues extends beyond advocacy. They are actively involved in the monitoring and intervening human rights situation both locally and internationally depending on the scope of their operations. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/

There are numerous civil, human and migrant rights organizations around the world, some of which operate locally in specialized locations and focusing on particular issues. Others are global in nature with overarching mandates that encompasses various geographical locations and numerous human rights issues.

Organizations such as National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR), which was founded in 1994 operates within a maze of networks of organizations championing for the rights of migrants including Migrants Rights International.

It also cooperates with Global Coalition on Migration and Women in Migration Network to achieve its primary objective of cooperatively championing migrant rights with the view of addressing the root causes of immigration.

Others such as The Advocates for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International tackle a broad range of human, civil and migrant rights issues. They primarily operate globally through intergovernmental organizations.

The primary source of funds for their organizations is donations from individuals and organizations such as the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund cofounded by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.

Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund: A Silver Lining

Some of the human and civil rights that many non-governmental and governmental organizations have incessantly fought against is miscarriage of justice, harassment by law enforcement officers and violations of the freedom of expression and speech.

Yet these are some of the situations journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin found themselves after being arrested on October 18, 2007 in the middle of the night by a sheriff. The cofounders Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times were arrested for reporting on a violation of the freedom of expression by the arresting sheriff who had a case pending at court.

The two journalists ran a story on the pending and were later issued with subpoenas by the grand jury to reveal the identity of individuals who read the story online and the reporters’ notes the made during the hearings, which amounted to violation of the First Amendment.

After successfully suing the county, they were awarded a $3.75 million settlement. Larkin and Lacey founded the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund using the settlement fee. The Phoenix, Arizona-based fund will be dedicated to championing for immigrant rights throughout Arizona.

The settlement fee will be donated to organizations dedicated to this cause in the state. The fund will also be donated to organizations advocating for the freedom of speech.

 

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey – The Founding of Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential

Joe Arpaio is the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, and according to Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two of Arpaio’s victims, he is responsible for hundreds of crimes during his reign as sheriff.

 

1992 was the year Joe Arpaio was first elected sheriff, and he started his public service off with a real bang. Less than a year later, Arpaio created an outdoor facility in the middle of the Arizona desert to house inmates. Inmates were subjugated to extreme heat in the Arizona desert and one prisoner died while in Arpaio’s care.

 

It wasn’t long until he moved on to other methods to make a name for himself. Joe Arpaio began to target the immigrants of Arizona. Lacey and Larkin believe that Joe Arpaio was purely targeting the immigrant community to fall in line with and excel in the GOP.

 

Lacey and Larkin were personally introduced to Arpaio’s vengeance in 2007 when the corrupt sheriff illegally detained and arrested. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were the owners of a prominent Arizona newspaper at the time. The newspaper was investigating Arpaio for a wide variety of illegal actions. When Arpaio subpoena the newspaper, Lacey and Larkin took to their publication to write about the contents of the court document. Arpaio was trying to solicit information pertaining to their paper’s editors, writers and even readers.

 

With their legal battle behind them, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have created two new organizations.

 

One is The Frontera Fund, a charitable organization that assists the Hispanic Community.

 

The second organization is Front Page Confidential, a newspaper that Lacey and Larkin are using to do their part in keeping corruption out of public office.