The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is an organization dedicated to helping migrant workers who are living within the United States.
The organization is one who believes in supporting those who have either had their rights are taken away from them, or those who were exploited in any way on the basis of their ethnicity, occupation or any other diversity-based factors. Since the organization was first founded, they have created a wide-scaled impact in different parts of the country.
Countless people have come forward in support of this organization and have stood for the rights that the organization is trying to safeguard. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund have successfully helped several people not just through the organization, but by supporting countless others who operate with the same purpose as well.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who were two individuals who were the founders of the Phoenix New Times. They regularly published articles about the various happenings within the city and the state as well. In 2007, they decided to write an article about the Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio was one of the most well-known sheriffs in the entire country and was known for a large number of arrests that he had done concerning people who were breaking the law. However, reports started surfacing about these arrests, shedding light on the fact that a large amount of these was not warranted by any court of law.
There were also reports indicating that Arpaio had been bribing members of judiciaries to get certain people convicted of crimes that they had not committed, or to increase the current sentences for crimes that do not warrant that long a duration of incarceration.
Lacey and Larkin wrote about this and were taken from their homes the day after. They were kept in jails run by Joe Arpaio and were only released two days later.
This incident sparked an incredible amount of rage in Lacey and Larkin who wanted to get justice where it was due. They decided to sue Joe Arpaio and his lawyer for their atrocities, using their case and that of several others as evidence.
They were then awarded a settlement by Maricopa County for three million dollars. Instead of keeping the money for themselves, they decided to form the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which was aimed at helping people who otherwise would be put in a similar situation such as theirs. The organization has managed to create massive change in different parts of the country and has helped people who otherwise did not have a way to seek justice for themselves. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
The organization has also come forward to support several other agencies like Aliento, ACLU, American Immigration Council, Arizona Justice Project, Center for Neighborhood Leadership and much more. Through these organizations, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has been able to expand its reach and help more people who are in need and who need people to support them in their endeavors to establish their rights.