Frontera Fund and How it Came to Be

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were popular journalists in Phoenix and the state of Arizona as a whole, but their names became better known across the United States of America after the ordeal they went through because of the former sheriff of the Maricopa County. Although their experience was far from pleasant, the two journalists partnered up to create yet another startup of their own together, and that is how the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund came to be.

Prior to creating the Frontera Fund, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were working in the field of journalism. The two had been colleagues for decades and have established news sites such as the Phoenix New Times for example. At the time Joe Arpaio was still the sheriff of Maricopa County, and he was using his influence and position as a tool to prosecute immigrants, mainly focusing of Mexicans.

He did not stop there, however. Joe Arpaio worked towards corrupting his deputies insisting they were selective of when to follow their duties and when not to according to racial preferences.

After a number of news outlets and media published about Joe Arpaio and how he has been using his power as sheriff, he moved on to targeting said, publishers and journalists.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin also wrote about the sheriff. A few days later they received an e-mail from him as Joe Arpaio was demanding some sensitive information that he was not allowed to have without a court order. Joe Arpaio required information on the readers of Phoenix New Times.

He wanted personal information of the readers, specifically those who had viewed the articles about him. The e-mail had alarm bells going off for Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin. They refused to give out such information and instead, they wrote an expose about the whole situation.

That was the last drop for Joe Arpaio. Feeling threatened by the two journalists, he ordered their arrest. The arrest took place in the middle of the night as Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were dragged out of their homes and shoved into cars. The two men were taken away to separate prisons, both of which were, at the time, under the command of Joe Arpaio.

That created a wave of dissatisfaction in the community and people took to social media to bring attention to the problem. Under pressure, Joe Arpaio released Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin less than 24 hours later.

What followed was a long and arduous fight in court, but Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin won the battle eventually an they also received a settlement of more than 3 million dollars. Most of the money was used to start up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

The organization has been supporting groups that take care of immigrants and minorities, work towards establishing a better community, and represent undocumented people legally.

The purpose of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is to take care of the victims Arpaio left behind. Joe Arpaio himself was supposed to go to prison bu Donald Trump pardoned him and protected him from the law under questionable circumstances. The most probable reason being they proven subordinary relationship.

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Larking and Lacey Fund Groups that Advocate for Migrants, Civil and Human Rights

Civil, Human and Migrants` Rights Groups

Many countries in the world are fighting for human rights. The United States is at the forefront of the campaign. There are many organizations that fight for civil, human and migrant rights. Some of these firms include the Amazon Watch, The Advocates for Human Rights, ACLU Immigrants` Right Project, Anti-Defamation League and Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

Larking and Lacey Frontera Fund

The co-founders of Phoenix New Times, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, support the advocacy for migrants, civil and human rights. The two reporters made a decision to fund organizations that advocate for migrants` rights in Arizona. Their source of funds was their $3.75 million arrest settlement

Lacey and Larking had been arrested and jailed. They had made an arrangement to do a story pertaining the sheriff. Later, they sued the county and won. They were also active advocates for the implementation of the first amendment rights.

Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch is an organization that is based in the Amazon region. The company advocates for the Amazonians` human rights. Amazon Watch works with indigenous groups and environmental organizations to advance the inhabitants` rights. The organization also fights for their civil rights. Amazon Watch was involved in the fight for the indigenous people`s rights when oil and gas projects affected the area.

Ant-Defamation League (ADL)

Anti-Defamation league is an organization that advocates for the rights of the Jewish community. ADL was founded in 1913, as a human and civil rights agency.

The organization has developed its legacy, of educating people about the importance of protecting civil and human rights, in Israel and the U.S. ADL has been involved in making crucial and reasonable solutions during conflicts.

The firm has been at the forefront of the fight against hate and anti-Semitism. The agency has a large number of educators, experts and activists, who are actively involved in the firm`s activities. ADL supports Democracy in Israel by helping the government shape the local and international laws. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter and Michael Larcey | Facebook

The Advocates for Human Rights

The Advocates for Human Rights is a leading organization in creating comprehensive, holistic and lasting changes in the world. It is an independent and non-profit agency that was formed in 1983. It operates locally, nationally and internationally. The firm is supported by partners and volunteers. The group has changed the lives of migrants, employees, women and children all over the globe.

Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

Black Alliance for Just Immigration was founded in 2006. It was formed by Black activists who were committed to the fight against discrimination. They were determined to stop structural racism and systemic discrimination in the United States.

BAJI believes that multiracial democracy cannot exist without racial, social and economic justice. The African-American and Black immigrants are stronger together. They must combine forces to combat discrimination and advocate for equality.

ACLU Immigrants` Rights Project

The organizational project protects the immigrants` human and civil rights. The group accomplishes this objective through litigation, advocacy and outreach. Its litigation operations are often carried out through district courts and the Supreme Court. The group is a leader in advocating for the implementation of civil, human and migrants` rights, as stipulated in the Constitution.

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