The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was set up by two former journalists, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. They set it up with a $3.75 million settlement they were awarded in their lawsuit against Maricopa County in Arizona. The Frontera Fund provides financial support to nonprofits that address human rights concerns, including the rights of migrants in the United States.
It was on 10-18-2007 that both Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were woken up in their respective homes by police officers. The police officers had been sent by the notorious former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. The reason why they were arrested in the middle of the night and place in jail was because the Sheriff wanted to get obtain notes they each had. These notes were about grand jury proceedings that involved the Sheriff.
Of even more concern was that the grand jury proceedings that these two journalists had notes about wanted to know the name of every person who had read one of their articles that had been published in the New Times. Being reporters, both Larkin and Lacey were well acquainted with defending their first amendment rights and so they sued the county over their mistreatment.
After Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s case went all the way up to to the ninth court United States Court of Appeals, they prevailed in their case against the county. In order to help others defend their rights they set up the Frontera Fund with their settlement money so that those who can’t defend themselves have access to those that can help.
In addition to providing financial support to human rights organizations, the Frontera Fund also has a website that is designed to keep people informed about issues involving immigration, human rights, and what is going on politically. They have a whole section dedicated to keeping a watch on Donald Trump, called Trump Watch.
The articles in this section cover such things as the fact that Joe Arpaio is now actually considering running for a seat in the United States Senate. Other articles discuss DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) which had been a program that protected young people who had been brought across the border while they were just children.
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