Immigrants and many other marginalized communities have been facing injustices in Arizona for many years. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund provides financial aid to individuals and groups that are dedicated to advocating for the immigrant rights in the state. The founders of the fund, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, have been fighting for the rights of Hispanic immigrants for decades.
This made them be detained by Joe Arpaio, who was a rogue Maricopa County sheriff. The sheriff was a racist, and he harassed Hispanic immigrants across the county. Michael and Jim’s arrest was against their First Amendment rights, and they were offered a settlement fee of $3.75 million. The money enabled them to start the charity fund.
The foundation has supported several groups. Justice for Immigrants and Families is among the major beneficiaries of the program. It is committed to making sure that all Arizona-based immigrants can access justice without any obstacles. An estimated 325,000 undocumented immigrants currently live in the state.
Most of them have not been able to access legal services due to their financial status, and this has forced them to be prosecuted without having attorneys. JIF has been representing the immigrants and also convinces pro bono lawyers to take their cases. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The organization strives to inform the immigrants about their rights by organizing group workshops, conferences, orientations, and legal consultations. It has collaborated with different community groups to empower the immigrants across Arizona. Learn more about Michael Lacey and James Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
Justice of Immigrants and Families wants to ensure that people are not denied an opportunity to enjoy social and economic privileges.
The establishment of the organization was an initiative of the Phoenix Legal Action Network. The network has several attorneys who work on pro bono cases to defend racial minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and women. The lawyers have also been advocating for freedom of the speech, voting rights, responsible police department, and changes in criminal justice.
Lacey and Larkin have also donated toward Promise Arizona (Paz). The organization was created in 2010 to fight the SB 1070 law that made the police harass the Hispanic community.
Paz is a faith-based group, and it worked with other activists to pray for the abolishment of the law for 103 days. A court ruling made SB 1070 illegal, and its enforcers such as Joe Arpaio were prosecuted.
The organization is recognized for pressuring the Obama government to make legislation that would stop the oppression of immigrants.