The Achievements of Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

4:40 am on September 2, 2017

Sometimes justice is served; other times money or power buys it. However, with the availability of organizations that fight for the rights of the undeserved, sometimes even these groups get justice. A good example of an organization that fights for the rights of the underprivileged is Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund.

The Larkin & Lacey Foundation was established in the year 2007 by two executives from the Village Voice Media, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two had been arrested, from their homes, in the middle of the night and mishandled.

They had then been sent to different jails. The reason for their arrest was the mere fact that they had discussed a cover story about the corrupt Sheriss Joe Arpaio, which had been written on the New Phoenix Times. Initially, Lacey & Larkin had received an order not to discuss the Sheriff. However, they went ahead to expose him, which hurt his ego and image and got them arrested.

But, having spent their days fighting first amendment rights, they sued the sheriff. This got them to the court of appeal, where a ruling in their favor was made. The jury ruled that they had been wrongfully imprisoned so they had to be compensated. As settlement money, they got a sum of $3.75 million. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:  http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/

The two decided that the money would go towards establishing an organization to fund organizations that fought for the rights for undeserved groups. Today, they fund a number of human, civil and migrant rights including;

The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project

In Arizona, there are so many immigrants that are held hostage by Homeland Security, awaiting their cases to be heard prior to deportation. What these people have in common is the unavailability of resources to hire good lawyers even when they have great cases and could potentially win. The Florence Immigrants and Refugees Rights Projects provide such people with lawyers to help them win their case.

Fundación México

The Fundación México recognizes that Mexican children, living across the border, but don’t have papers, go through a lot of trouble to get a good education. Therefore, even if they are excellent performers, they end up in poor schools, where they might not fully exploit their potentials. As such, the organization gives scholarships to brilliant college students of the Mexican descent.

Arizona DREAM Act Coalition

The Arizona DREAM Act Coalition was founded as a retariation to the 2006 Law that had been passed preventing undocumented students from receiving merit-based sponsorship. Also, it required that they pay expensive tuition fees just because they were undocumented. As a result, undocumented students formed the organization to ensure that other students wouldn’t unfairly suffer from it.

Promise Arizona

Promise Arizona is a faith-based organization that was founded in the year 2010. The organization is known for pestering the former government for reforms in the immigration law. Also, they hold clinics to register people for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and training young leaders.

Read more:

Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Phoenix New Time