Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is a non-profit organization that is committed to advocating for the rights of the minorities across the United States. The foundation was created in 2007, and it is focused on offering finances to the groups and individuals who protect civil, human, and immigrant rights in Arizona.
The fund was set up by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey who are renowned journalists. They have been publishing articles about immigrants on the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, which are news outlets that they own.
Jim and Michael financed the fund with a $3.75 million settlement fee that they were awarded by the court after they were illegally detained by Joe Arpaio, who was the Maricopa County sheriff. They sued the sheriff department for failing to respect their Fifth Amendment rights. Larkin and Lacey have played a great role in bettering the lives of immigrants who live in Arizona.
A couple of organization have gained from the fund that Jim and Michael established. The Arizona DREAM Act Collation is a beneficiary of the program, and it has been striving to advocate for the rights of immigrant youths across the state.
The group makes sure that young people can get legal employment in Arizona. The Arizona DREAM Act Coalition was created by students who wanted to stop injustices that could prevent them from attaining success. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Twitter
The foundation has filed petitions to end the 2006 law that targets immigrant students by demanding that they should pay abnormally high tuition fees for them to join any American school.
The legislation has also excluded immigrant students from accessing any bursaries that are funded by the state even if they based on academic merits. The youths were inspired to create the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition since they felt like they had to fight against injustices for them to accomplish their dream.
Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund supports the Arizona branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. It was created in 1959 and has currently made significant accomplishments. In 1960, ACLU won a case that put an end to a law that had illegalized multi-racial marriages in Arizona. The group also appealed the imprisonment of the Ernesto Miranda who was later exonerated.
The case facilitated the creation of the silence warning that the police read to individuals who are in their custody. ACLU also played a great role in the release of the Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin after they had been wrongfully arrested by Joe Arpaio.
ACLU also went to court to stop the enforcement of the “Papers Please” SB 1070 law that led to the harassment of immigrants across Arizona. The legislation had offered the local police the responsibility of executing immigration laws. It has also appealed for the withdrawal of Gov. Jan Brewer’s order that stopped the issuing of driving licenses to some immigrants.