All non-profit organizations that are involved in activism need to be funded for them to maintain their operations. Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is among the many foundations that are committed to offering financial aid to civil, human, and immigrant rights activists. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey created the organization in 2007 and had been using it to transform the lives of Arizona-based immigrants.
They are both successful journalists and have covered a lot of stories about immigrant injustices. Michael and Jim are the owners of two news outlets that are called Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media.
The stories that they wrote led to their wrongful arrest by the Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. The detainment violated their Fifth Amendment rights, and therefore, they sued the sheriff department. They were offered a $3.75 million settlement that enabled them to start the fund.
Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund has benefitted several foundations. One of them is the Arizona Justice Project (AJP), which is an organization that was created to offer legal representation to inmates who claim that they are innocent or their apparent injustices have been ignored.
It understands that it is hard for needy people to get justice. Lacey and Larkin are often criminalized due to lack of proper representation and end up spending years in prisons for crimes that they did not commit.
The people who the organization serves include the wrongfully convicted, individuals who have been given extreme punishments such as life sentences for juvenile offenders, and prisoners who have different life threatening diseases but are being offered inadequate medical care.
The organization’s members believe that everyone’s freedom is affected when one injustice happens to an individual. Arizona Justice Project has been ensuring its success by working with pro-bobo lawyers, law schools in Arizona, and professional investigators who strive to get evidence, information, and witnesses to help in the cases. The group currently has 36 active cases and investigations.
The Justice Project has been issuing newsletters to teach the community of the misunderstandings in wrongful convictions, to update the public on the ruling of various cases that they pursue, and informing students and lawyers on revolutionary forensic science.
Another beneficiary of Jim and Michael’s charity work is the Arizona Dream Act Coalition (ADAC). It was created by undocumented students who were protesting against a harsh 2006 that made them pay extremely high tuition fees and also denied them an opportunity to access merit-based scholarships that were publicly funded.
The students did not like the injustices, and therefore, they informed the world about their “undocumented and unafraid” status. ADAC is currently fighting for the reduction of tuition fees, as well as education, human, and immigrant rights.
The organization sued the Arizona governor for failing to offer them driving licenses after the Department of Homeland Security allowed them to live in the United States.
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