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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