Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund is a well-recognized nonprofit organization that currently runs its undertakings in Arizona. It has been striving to fund foundations and individuals who have committed themselves to supporting the minority by advocating for their rights and freedom of speech.
The fund was created by two renowned journalists who are Jim and Michael. The individuals are also well recognized for being the founders of Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice Media. In 2007, the journalists decided to publish a story that aimed at enlightening the public on the existence of an unfair grand jury that was greatly influenced by the Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpeggio.
The article did not please the sheriff, and therefore, he went to their homes at night and arrested them for allegedly not respecting the privacy of the jury. Arpaio was known for abusing his power by often profiling immigrants at different highway checkpoints across the county.
The grand jury was against any media house or journalist who wrote any negative article about the county’s sheriff. At one time, it even decided to issue a subpoena that forced the New Time to reveal the identities of the country residents who read negative articles about the sheriff.
The arrest of the two journalists had no grounds, and charges were withdrawn by the attorney general. The Fifth Amendment rights of Jim and Michael were violated by Arpaio and his deputies. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter
They filed a lawsuit against the Maricopa County government, and it was heard at the US Court of Appeal. According to a federal judge, the journalists were wrongfully arrested, and they were awarded $3.75 million by the county government. The money assisted the duo in establishing Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund.
Border Angels has been recognized over the years for its outstanding humanitarian work and its commitment to fighting for the rights and freedoms of immigrants who live in the United States. The foundation has been striving to ensure that all the U.S-based immigrants have a decent life. It was started by Enrique Morones, and run its operations from San Deigo. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
Border Angels ensures that all the immigrants receive justice, and therefore, it offers free legal guidance at its headquarters. The organizations’ primary workforce is made up of volunteers. It has been working with them to set up water point on various roads that immigrants use on their way to the United States. It also educates people about border policy by taking them to the Mexican border where they can learn more.
Many people in San Diego County have benefited from the outstanding work of Border Angels. Its campaigns have significantly reduced the number of immigrant deaths in the region.
The foundatins offered its support in 2014 when hundreds of children were trying to cross into the United States through the Central America border. The children were not accompanied by adults, and therefore, Border Angels donated books, clothes, toys, and food. It also stopped protests that were against the processing of the children.