The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a group that was established to help people coming from parts of Latin America, living in the United States. The foundation was founded after an incident happened to its founding members, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin. Lacey and Larkin were both residents of Phoenix, Arizona at the time, and were working at the same news agency.
They were both writers, who regularly reported on the various criminal proceedings and findings in Arizona. Joe Arpaio was a name that would pop up on their radar quite often. He was a sheriff who was known for putting a large number of illegal immigrants away, and sending them back to their home countries.
His work was regarded as an extremely patriotic act, with few people actually knowing what was going on behind the scenes. Soon, the people who were convicted of these crimes started coming forward, talking about how they were in fact legally living in the country, but had to endure this discrimination solely because of a lie perpetuated by Joe Arpaio.
Being that high up in the industry, it was a risk to publish an article on Joe, but Lacey and Larkin saw it as a necessity and reported the atrocities that was taking place among the Hispanic community and Arpaio.
A day after the report was made public, Lacey and Larkin were separately taken from their homes in Phoenix, and put into two separate vehicles. They were threatened and taken to two separate prison facilities, and were not told where they were, why they were there and who had brought them in. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
They weren’t even allowed to talk to their families or attorneys at the time. After a gruelling two days, they met with Joe Arpaio, and learned that they were taken into the prison facilities that were being run by him. They also came to know that Joe himself was the one who called for these arrests against them.
Having no proper grounds to keep them in the lock up with, Lacey and Larkin were both released. Soon after their release, they realized that action had to be taken against Joe Arpaio, which is when they decided to send the authorities a lawsuit against him for wrongful convictions.
The news made headlines, and Lacey and Larkin had people from all over the country backing them up. There were even big names that got involved with this war to put a stop to the racial discrimination that was happening in the system.
Lacey and Larkin eventually ended up winning the lawsuit, and Joe Arpaio was removed from his position of Sheriff of Arizona. When the question of what to do with the money came to mind, Lacey and Larkin decided that they would put it to good use and use it for the benefit of the people.
They therefore decided to start up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, which is an organization that provides aid to people to help them fight their legal battles so that they don’t have to endure racial injustice.
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