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.