Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund Gives a New Direction to Migrant and Human Rights Issues in Arizona

Migrants issues are one of the biggest problems in today’s world, and people experienced many tragic migrant-based incidents in the recent years. No continent is an exception from the exodus of migrants, and almost every developed countries are facing various issues related to the exodus of migrants. While many underestimate the issues of migrants, the reality is horrible.

It is reported many times that migrants are experiencing wide range human rights and civil right violations, and they are also exploited by the influential local business leaders and politicians. Due to this, they are not allowed to get a quality life or earn for the education, healthcare, shelter, and more.

A recent report showed that almost 65.3 million people have been displaced from the homeland as of 2016. While 21.3 million are refugees, the rest are internally displaced people and asylum-seekers.

The migrations are due to violence, war, poverty, exploitation, and more. The change in political sentiments is making the conditions of migrants worse. For instance, the administration change in the U. S. and some European countries are creating hurdles for any comprehensive solution.

The conservative political leadership is also utilizing the migrant issues as a tool to tap votes. Additionally, the local business groups support those movements as they see it as a great opportunity to ensure the cheap supply of labor by exploiting migrants.

While many actors are adding the agony of migrants, non-profit groups are there to support migrants with various campaigns, aids, and more. It includes many large organizations with the worldwide network and small groups with the presence in some particular locality. The large organizations include Migrants Rights Network, United Nations Human Rights, Migrant-Rights.org, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Right, and more.

These organizations conduct campaigns, raise various issues faced by migrants through media, support them with legal assistance, provide them medical support, and more. The increased influence of these organizations has reduced the sufferings of migrants to a large extent in the recent years. Read more: Jim Larkin |LinkedIn and Michael Larcey | Crunchbase

The initiatives by individuals also helped to change the conditions of migrants in some cities or states. One such initiative is Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund, and it was instituted by the famous American journalists and co-founders of Phoenix New Times, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.

Interestingly, they set up this fund by using the settlement amount they received by challenging their illegal arrest by Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff. It was on October 18, 2007, both of them were arrested from their homes at midnight for reporting a procedure set by the grand jury demanding the news reporters’ notes that are covering the Sherriff.

More shockingly, the jury even demanded the online data of those news readers. Both Lacey and Larkin sued the county at the U.S. Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals set them free and asked the County to pay a settlement amount of $3.75 million.

The duo used the settlement amount to set up Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund to address various migrant and human rights issues and exhort freedom of speech in Arizona.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/