How the Arizona-based Hispanic Community has benefited from Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is among Arizona’s most appreciated charity organizations. It was established by the Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who have always been dedicated to advocating for the freedom and rights of the Hispanic immigrants. They are also executives of Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times.

As journalists, the two individuals published several stories about Joe Arpaio who was a corrupt Maricopa County sheriff. The articles made Arpaio order for an arrest that violated their First Amendment rights.

Jim and Michael went to court, and they were offered $3.75 million by the county government. The money was used in forming the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, which has supported many activists across Arizona.

The Justice for Immigrants & Families (JIF) is an organization that was established to ensure that the immigrants who live in Maricopa County can access justice. Arizona currently has more than 325,000 undocumented immigrants. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

For a long time, there has been no organization that is devoted to providing cheap legal services to immigrants who face deportation cases. Many individuals who face such cases have been forced to go through the complicated process without being represented by an attorney. JIF offers direct representation to the immigrants, and it at times refers the cases to pro bono lawyers.

It also ensures that people know their rights by organizing legal consultations, group workshops, orientations, and self-help legal advice. The foundation works with community groups to empower immigrants in different ways. It aims to make sure that immigrants will never face any barriers to economic or social opportunities.

JIF was established by the Phoenix Legal Action Network, which is a team of attorneys who the devoted to taking pro bono cases to protect the rights of the immigrants, racial minorities, women, the LGBTQ individuals, and religious minorities. The network also supports freedom of speech, accountability of the police, voting rights, and criminal justice reforms.

Another major organization that has Lacey and Larkin have supported is the Promise Arizona (Paz). Paz is a Spanish word that means peace. The human rights organization is faith-based, and it was established in 2010 after the passing of SB 1070. The approval of the law led to the hostility on the Hispanic community that lived in Arizona.

Paz and other activists held an anti-SB 1070 prayer vigil at the Phoenix-based state capitol for 103 days. The Arizona law was revoked in court, and Arpaio was tried for making unconstitutional policies. Member of Promise Arizona held demonstrations across Arizona and Washington, D.C.

Petra Falcon, who is the executive director of the organization, was one of the many human right activists who was detained in Washington, D.C in 2013 for organizing street demonstrations to advocate for immigration reforms. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

The organization has made significant accomplishments that include pushing President Obama’s government to have immigration reforms, facilitating civic engagement by coaching young leaders, leading impartial voter registration drives, as well as informing and registering people for the DACA program.

Promise Arizona aims at developing a new generation of leaders who will assist in transforming Arizona into a state that is welcoming to all people. The organization visits different neighborhoods where they hold house meeting to encourage people to dream big.

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