The recent years were very turbulent due to widespread human, civil, and immigrant rights issues reported amidst the intervention of social groups and non-profit organizations. Though it cannot be said that there is a significant increase in the human rights or immigrant rights issues, there is a change of shift in its epicenter. The human and immigrant issues are widely being reported through the media in the recent years, and many organizations are able to take their course to address the concerns. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund
However, there are organized and influential groups who are working to exploit such situations, and they are making things worse. Also, governments across the world are becoming more hostile to the immigrants considering the local protests and increased internal issues.
While many of those changed behaviors are due to the fears of the locals of losing opportunities, there are issues like terrorism also reported. Anyone who analyzes the situation carefully can understand that most of those problems are exaggerated and the politicians and political or influential groups are utilizing the unnecessary fear of the people.
Even some acts of the politicians are adding fire into the oil. For instance, recent travel bans and anti-immigrant policies of U.S. government in the recent months have deeply divided the society into supporters and non-supporters. Texas recently came up with an anti-immigrant law that permits police to check anyone they detain and confirm the immigration status to block the immigrants in sanctuary cities.
The resistance of civil organizations is giving a big relief to the tensed situations. Many of those groups are arranging special funds, defending the issues in courts, encouraging protests, raising issues through media, etc. One such initiative is Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund, a fund dedicated to the organizations fighting for immigrant rights in Arizona.
The fund was created by the reputed journalists Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey in 2013. Both Lacey and Larkin are the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times and also known for their fights against human, civil, and immigrant rights violations throughout their career. The amount worth $3.75 million actually came as a settlement amount for their unwanted arrest by the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio.
The incident took place on October 18, 2007, and both the journalists were arrested by the Sherriff at midnight from their home. They subsequently jailed for exposing the grand jury procedure of seeking reporters’ notes and news articles featuring the Sherriff. In addition to that, the grand jury demanded the details of the readers of such reports, including their personal identity.
Both Lacey and Larkin sued the county and won the case from the United States Court of Appeals which also issued them the large settlement amount. Considering their works for migrant rights throughout the life, both the journalists decided to make it as a contribution to their fights in all means.
The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund is being used to help the organizations that are fighting against human and civil rights violations as well. It also contributes to the freedom of speech and protests in the Mexican border.