For an extended period, immigrants in Arizona have been suffering in the hands of oppressive local governments. Back in 2013, two personalities decided to take the bull by its horns and speak against injustices and human rights violations and also offer financial help to other groups fighting for the rights of immigrants.
They formed the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. Over the few years, the initiative has been operational; it has helped hundreds of thousands of persons who were facing the risk of abuse and even wrongful detention. To date, the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund has seen judgments of over three hundred thousand immigrants overturned and helping them escape from imprisonment. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
The creators of the initiative decided to start the non-governmental organization after there was a public outcry against the Maricopa County Administration led by Sherriff Joe Arpaio. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were running a local daily when they were arrested and detained by local deputies under instructions from Joe Arpaio. The county gave into public pressure and released the duo few hours after their arrest.
Jim and Michael later filed a lawsuit against the county and Joe Arpaio. After much deliberation and hearing of witness testimonies, the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit ruled that the county had gone against their First Amendment Rights when they were arrested and detained. The court ordered Maricopa County to pay the two a $3.75 settlement.
Using the monies from the settlement, Jim and Michael formed the fund. They have continued to work closely with other organizations that advocate for the Hispanic Community. Several charities have benefited from the donations from the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund including Aliento, Justice that works, and the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition. Learn more about Larkin and Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and https://about.me/michael-lacey
Aliento is a no-profit that uses advocacy and art to communicate and empower the Hispanic Community. It was started by undocumented youths who wanted to change the image that has been created by the government portraying immigrants as criminals.
Aliento has worked tirelessly to ensure that it changes the perception of sidelined groups such as Mexican Immigrants. Millions of people have been living in fear since Donald Trump took the oath of the office of president. Its because, during the campaign trail, he made it clear that his first order of business as president would be to deport all undocumented people in the United States.
The Frontera Fund has been hard at work trying to ensure that DACA Dreamers in Arizona are protected, have equal employment opportunities, acquire a quality education, and have access to social amenities.
Aliento has been in the forefront in ensuring immigrants are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to help them acquire employment. The charity organization also provides litigation assistance when an individual faces the risk of being deported.
Justice that works is another charity initiative that benefits from the assistance of the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. The organization is primarily focused on programs that aim to mitigate and finally end the illegal imprisonment of immigrants in Arizona.