The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is an organization that has come forward to the aid of people who have been wrongly convicted under the law, and those who have faced any amount of discrimination in society.
The fund was founded by Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin with the settlement money that they received after winning a case against a notable member of the law enforcement community. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
Within the short span of the fund coming into existence, they have created a tremendous impact on society by helping those who do not have the means to help themselves. One of the primary objectives of the organization is to help people coming from minority communities so that they don’t have to be the victims of injustices caused to them.
Racial discrimination has become an extremely prevalent topic in America, with numerous people coming forward claiming that they have been victims of this. The harsher truth is that a lot of these times, this injustice is inflicted upon them by members of society who are on duty to protect them.
Miike Lacey and Jim Larkin had the ill fortune of having to experience this first hand, which is what gave them the impetus to start the organization.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund does not only help people who are in tough positions, but also other agencies that are working towards achieving the same goal as them. Since Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin want to make a difference on a much larger scale, helping organizations that are more specific to individual communities is their way of helping all those who have been discriminated against. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Through the foundation, Lacey and Larkin want to enforce the rights of people who are not native to the country of America, so that their fundamental human rights can be in place. They want to eliminate the abuse of power that takes place in society, and this was one of the best ways to do so that they saw fit.
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin had their publication which was a newspaper that they put out every week. The paper only circulated in their hometown of Phoenix, Arizona and would talk about the events and happenings in the city.
At the time, Joe Arpaio was the sheriff of Maricopa County and was responsible for putting away a large number of people coming from Latin American countries. He was also known for bribing jury’s to rule in his favor so that he could send people from this community back to their homeland, even if they had a valid citizenship.
Lacey and Larkin were one of the few publications that decided to make this information public and published an article on it. Soon after, they were taken from their homes and kept in two separate holding facilities which were under the control of none other than Joe Arpaio.
After their release, Lacey and Larkin decided to sue Joe Arpaio for wrongful confinement and misuse of power. They were given a settlement of three million dollars, which they then used to start up The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.