Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Helping to Fight For the Minority

Many people in the world are interested in how others are treated because of the circumstances they are in or how different they are. The passion of seeing people not being treated poorly because of something they cannot change is becoming a norm. More prefer equality when it comes to the minority. To make sure that everyone has equal opportunities despite the differences, many organizations have been formed to advocate for human, civil and migrants rights.

Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project

Founded in 1989, the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project offers free legal services to detainees who are facing removal proceedings. Supported by Lewis and Roca law firm, attorney Chris Brelje established the project after Judge John McCarrick identified a gap created by the lack of public defender system in immigration removal proceedings. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

Apart from providing legal services, the organization also provides social services to detainees who need an extra hand like domestic violence victims. Lauren Dasse, the executive director, said that they see what they do as basic human rights and justice issue.

That they like keeping families together and help in eliminating violence. Since being started, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project has expanded to include helping unaccompanied immigrant children and training public defenders on immigrant issues.


American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona is an organization created to fight for the minority’s human rights. Since being launched in 1959, the group has helped many people tackle different issues affecting them. Jim and Larkin have won several lawsuits to change the unfavorable.

When a state law banned multi-racial marriages, ACLU took them to court and won. This was among their first cases. In 2013, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies were stopped by a judge from enforcing, when it was determined they were doing racial profiling of Latinos in traffic stops. The group has also helped in defending day laborers’ right to freedom of speech. American Civil Liberties Union has an impressive track record in enforcing equity.

Owl and Panther

Owl and Panther-Hopi Foundation was founded to help immigrants who had witnessed or suffered violence, deprivation, and torture in countries that experienced tough times. Former refugees come together to help the newcomers cope easily. The community at Owl and Panther is designed to restore the immigrants’ confidence. Hence, they can share opinions and find ways to help others. The organization has discovered that use of cultural visits, nature trips, and art workshops are good ways of making the affected feel better.

About Michael and Jim

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin founded the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to advocate for migrant, civil and human rights, freedom of speech and civic participation. After getting the $3.75 million settlement, the two decided to fund organizations that help in migrant rights.

Michael and Jim were arrested in 2007 at midnight by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This happened after they revealed the existence of grand jury proceedings that sought reporters’ notes on articles about the Sheriff. After suing the county, the United States Court of Appeals ruled against the county, and Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin got the settlement.

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