Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is a non-profit organization that helps undeserved groups in the US, to obtain justice. They do so by funding organizations that fight for civil, human and migrant rights. The Larkin $ Lacey Frotera Fund was founded by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The two are principals of The Village Voice Media, which is the publisher of the Phoenix Times News.
The organization was started with $3.75 million that Larkin and Lacey obtained from a settlement for wrongful imprisonment. The two had been arrested for having publicized the home address of the then county sheriff of Maricopa, Joe Arpaio. The reason they had publicized his address is because they wanted to explain his corrupt case.
The argument was that if he was not into any shady deals, he wouldn’t give information of his commercial houses. Besides, if one could have their home address in public and government websites, it would seem shady if they don’t want to share information about their commercial properties.
Anyhow, they were served with subpoenas and later arrested, from their homes, in the middle of the night. However, a public outcry got them released the following day.
And, the judge who had served them with subpoenas was removed from their case. Besides, he had not even acquired the approval of the jury before serving the subpoenas.
Later on, Larkin and Lacey sued. It was then that they received justice and were settled for the wrongful imprisonment. They decided that they would dedicate that money to help others who are vulnerable to injustice.
Today, the fund helps more than 20 human, civil and migrants’ rights organizations. These organizations mainly work by training youths. Others offer scholarship while others advocate for human rights directly, even if it means providing lawyers to the afflicted groups. Here are some of the human, civil and migrants’ rights groups that receive funding from the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.
Trans Queer Pueblo
The Trans Queer Pueblo is an organization made up of LGBT migrants of color. The community advocates for a society when the LGBT are free from oppression.
They also provide a safe environment where LGBT members can come out of the closet at their own pace. Among their achievements is Clínica Liberación, which provides health services to over 100 undocumented LGBT migrant patients. They also support LGBT members, who are in detention, by writing them letters and visiting them in prison.
No More Deaths-No Más Muertes
This is one of the faith-based organizations that are funded by Larkin & Lacey. The organization is on the forefront of fighting for the human rights of migrants. They do so by providing food and clean water to migrants.
Also, they provide them with supplies and even medical services at a camp, which they have opened at Southern Arizona. Additionally, the organization helps migrants to document abuse and to be compensated for property that is damaged or lost during detentions.
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