Providing a Voice for the Voiceless Through the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund

Founded in 2013, by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, The Frontera Fund is a unique organization that fights fir the civil, human and migrant rights of the people. The Frontera Fund specifically targets to help the Hispanic Community in Arizona.

This is because for so many years they have persevered racial discrimination and civil rights abuses. The idea and funding to start this organization cane from settlement money Lacey and Larkin were offered after being arrested wrongfully.

The incident took place in the evening of October 18, 2007 where armed officers from Maricopa County stormed into Lacey’ and Larkin’s houses. The officers were from the Selective Enforcement Unit under the then Sherriff Joe Arpaio.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were wrongfully handcuffed and arrested. The reason for their arrest was soon found out to be because the two had been exposing Arpaio’s misdeeds.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the Founders and Executives of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times newspapers. Using these newspapers particularly Phoenix New Times, Lacey and Larkin brought out a number of misdeeds done by Joe.

Joe Arpaio is the former Sheriff of Maricopa County having served at that capacity for 24 years. Arpaio was born on June 14, 1932 in Springfield, U.S.A. He portrayed himself as a very tough Sheriff.

This is so since he always took a brave stand on things that were against the law.. From 2005, for example, Joe Arpaio always took an outspoken stance on illegal immigration. Joe Arpaio was also seen to play a key role in the opposing Arizona’s SB1070 anti-illegal immigrant law.

Joe Arpaio’s career, however, was characterised by a lot of controversies. Apart from being highlighted in the Phoenix New Times his deed were also criticised by a number of United states Agencies. United States District Courts and the Arizona Ecumenical Council are examples of these agencies.

Maricopa jails were said to be overcrowded and the inmates were denied access to good health care and food which was totally against the constitution. Joe Arpaio was said to have failed in investigating sex cases and putting offenders to justice.. In fact by the end of the year 2007, it is said that close to 400 sex cases were inadequately investigated or not investigated at all.

Additionally, Lacey and Larkin were arrested for writing a story about a wrongfully issued subpoenas. Joe’s allies at the Maricopa County Attorney’s office had issued a subpoenas seeking the newspaper’s details including their writers, readers and everything around that.

It was after a long outcry by the public that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were later released. The two set off for a court battle and in the end the two were paid a sum of $3.7 million after it was ruled that they were wrongfully arrested and jailed.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin then decided to open the Frontera Fund. This because the two had had experience of what discrimination of the Hispanic people felt like especially Larkin. The Frontera Fund is one of the groups whose core objectives is to safeguard the people’s civil, human and migrant rights. Apart from that, Frontera Fund also supports other groups who have the same goals in mind.

The Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights is a good example of these groups. Based in California, the group was started to fight for the rights of immigrant families and individuals. In simple terms it wants to create a society that appreciates everyone whether a citizen or immigrant.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53
http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

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