Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: The Selfless Pair Behind the Frontera Fund

Despite making significant advances in recent decades, the modern human society is still plagued by injustice and discrimination. The United States is widely regarded as the primary proof that democracy can not only work but also help a nation thrive.

Now, the most powerful country in the world, it is founded on the ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co

However, even the most democratically advanced nation in the world still has sections of its populations being treated unfairly and persecuted solely due to who they are.

Fortunately, there a raft of organizations in the country focused on safeguarding these ideals by advocating for the rights of minorities, including the National Immigration Law Center.

The National Immigration Law Center was created about four decades ago. It is primarily engaged in advocating for the rights of immigrants. Immigrants, especially the poor ones, often lack the information and resources to fight for their rights.

The National Immigration Law Center steps by making available the much-needed legal expertise. More specifically, the center helps interpret immigration-related policy, advocating for more progressive immigration policies and strategic communication of issues facing immigrants.

To undertake the important work that it does, the National Immigration Law Center often collaborates with other organizations. One such organization is the Frontera fund that provides a lot of material support to the center.

The Frontera Fund is owned and run by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Ironically, the fund was only created as a result of injustice meted on the two.

Lacey and Larkin are trained journalists and had for long been working at Village Voice Media, which runs the Phoenix New Times publication. On October 18, 2007, the two were arrested by a group of police under the command of the Maricopa County Sherriff, Joe Arpaio for failing to comply with a subpoena order.

However, since the said subpoena order was illegal, Lacey and Larkin new that their arrest and subsequent detention was illegal. Once they were released, they brought a case against the county and Joe Arpaio for illegal arrest and detention.

Finally, in 2013 the court ruled that the Maricopa County and the sheriff had indeed acted illegally and in the process violated Lacey and Larkin’s rights. Following the judgment, the county decided to settle with the two journalists and offered them a sizable $3.7 million.

It is this money that Lacey and Larkin decided to create the Frontera Fund with so that no one else in the area would go through the injustice that they had been through.