Join the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to fight for Migrant Rights of the Hispanic Community

Posted in Numerous Migrants on Jul 02, 2017

Different non-governmental organizations work to support the civil rights of people who have been victims of discriminatory hiring practices, racial profiling, and other forms of bias. The organizations enlighten victims about their rights and help them pursue legal recourse. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

One such organization is the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund that has been on the forefront in the fight for civil, human, and migrant rights for the Hispanic community. Most migrants face a lot of challenges trying to cross the eighteen-foot border fence when traveling to the US from Mexico.


Geography plays a huge role in reaching the US-Mexico border. Poor migrants from Central and South America have to ride atop a freight train that runs north through Mexico to cross the border. They are faced with dangers such as robbery, theft, and arrest by the Mexican police.

Lack of money

Numerous migrants are crossing the southwest border unlawfully come to the U.S. to look for work and who have a limited amount of cash. A coyote who helps you cross the border may charge lots of money, yet he does not guarantee a successful trip.


The California Border is heavily guarded, which forces migrants to cross via the remote parts of Arizona. Those who get injured along the journey are left behind since they can’t keep up with the group.

About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Formed by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the organization was established to help the Hispanic community that has borne the brunt of racially discriminatory practices and civil rights abuse for years. Jim and Lacey started off as journalists where they co-founded the Village Voice Media, an alternative weekly newspaper in Phoenix Arizona in the 1970s.

The company at the time was known as New Times Inc. while the publication was called New Times. By 2001, New Times Inc. had grown to publish 13 newspapers in the major states in the US. However, in 2006 Michael and Jim acquired the Village Voice group, thus re-launching to become the Village Voice Media Holdings.

Though Village Voice Media had borne their fair share of battles, Lacey and Larkin were the only journalists arrested for what they published and advertised. In 2007, they were jailed for allegedly violating the grand jury secrecy act by Joe Arpaio, a Maricopa County sheriff. The case would have ended their long careers and company had the County Attorney, Andrew Thomas not dropped the charges against them.

However, Larkin and Lacey moved to court to sue Thomas, Arpaio, and Dennis Wilenchik, the special prosecutor for the violation of the First Amendment Rights and misuse of power. In 2012, the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals ruled that there was no probable cause for the arrest since the prosecutor did not consult the grand jury. The County of Maricopa settled the case in 2013 by awarding Lacey and Larkin 3.75 million, which they used to establish the Frontera Fund.

The Fund

Larkin and Lacey Frontera Foundation aims to support groups that advocate for civil, Human, migrant rights, the freedom of speech, and civic participation of the minority Hispanic community in Arizona (including the Mexican Border).

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