The Efforts of Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to Improve the Lives of Immigrants

Minority communities such as immigrants have been affected by injustices in Arizona for decades. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund protects the rights of this individuals by funding different activist groups in the state.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin started the organization to ensure that Hispanic immigrants were not oppressed by unconstitutional laws that targeted them. The two philanthropists are journalists, and they were arrested in 2007 for writing articles that exposed the rogue activities of Joe Arpaio, who was the sheriff of Maricopa County.

Their detention was illegal and since it did not respect their First Amendment rights. In 2013, a judge ordered the Maricopa County to give them $3.75 million as settlement fees. The money enabled the two individuals to continue with their mission of protecting immigrants by founding the Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund.

The organization’s donations have currently benefited different Arizona-based groups. Justice for Immigrants and Families has received donations from the fund. The group has led campaigns to make it easy for immigrants to access justice. Learn more about Michael Lacey and James Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

The population of undocumented people living in the Arizona is over 325,000, and most of them cannot afford to pay for an attorney. Many immigrants used to be prosecuted without being represented by lawyers before the establishment of the organization. JIF provides legal services to immigrants and has partnered with various pro bono lawyers who handle their cases.

The foundation has been creating awareness about immigrant rights through orientations, conferences, legal consultations, and group workshops. It also empowers communities across Arizona by working with various groups. Justice for Immigrants and Families ensures that everyone gets a chance to enjoy social and economic privileges.

JIF was the brainchild of the Phoenix Legal Action Network, which is an institution that was founded by lawyers. The attorneys volunteer to handle pro bono cases that face immigrants, women, LGBTQ individuals, and racial minorities.

The legal professionals have also been supporting voting rights, reforms in criminal justice, freedom of speech, and accountability in the police department.

The charity undertakings of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have also benefited Promise Arizona (Paz). The foundation was created in 2010 to campaign against the enactment of SB 1070. Many members of the Hispanic community were harassed after the implementation of the law.

Paz was made up of believers of different faiths, and they prayed for 103 days to stop the mistreatment of the immigrants. The court later abolished the SB 1070 law. Paz’s efforts forced the Obama administration to make improvements in the immigration sector.

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Daniel Taub: The Peacemaker

Daniel Taub is a director of Strategy and Planning at the Yad Hanadiv Foundation, based in Jerusalem. He is an international law expert with a specialization in laws of war and counter-terrorism. He served as an Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom for four years from periods 2011 to 2015.

Background

Daniel Taub was born in the year 1962, in The Great Britain. He studied at Oxford University College in London and after that at Kennedy School of Government affiliated with Harvard University.

Faith

Being a Jew, he practices the Orthodox faith. He is an author of religious books notably the Parasha Diplomatit. Read more: Daniel Taub | About and  Daniel Taub | LinkedIn

Career Journey

Daniel relocated to Israel in the year 1989 where he worked as a combat medic for the Israel Defense Forces. Having studied international law, Daniel served as a reserve officer in the Division of International Law.

In 1991, Daniel Taub worked for Israeli Foreign Ministry as a lawyer and diplomat to the United Kingdom, from 2011 to 2015.

Media guru

Taub has created and written a brilliant Israeli script called HeChatzer. The writing aims at removing stereotypic ideologies in religion, in the Israeli community.

Daniel also wrote speeches for President Chaim Herzog. He is also the author of the British Origin and Parasha Diplomatit. He has had his articles featured in The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Huffington Post and The Guardian. His articles highlighted issues regarding Israel and the Middle-East.

He is a lecturer at the Annual Limmud Conference and many universities in Israel. He lectures on international law and negotiation theory. He is well known as a humorous public speaker.

Diplomacy

Daniel Taub was Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom. During his term, trade between the two nations increased two-fold. The trade was as a result of over three hundred business being established by Israelis in the U.K.

His tenure was characterized by a stronger emphasis on education and culture diversification. Being a peacemaker, Daniel has helped mend relations between Israel and Palestine. Moreover, he steered negotiations between Israel and Syria.

Awards

For supporting young entrepreneurs, Daniel was given the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Honoree. This was in the year 2013 when he launched Bizcamp.

Daniel Taub founded the Closer to Israel Programme that was taken up by the Jewish community.

Daniel Taub has managed to foster peace and unity among many nations through his unrelenting work and commitment to humanity. His input to economic empowerment of youth is visible in the increased number of new businesses. In deed, he is a valuable asset to humankind.