Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin received a $3.75 million settlement after fighting for their rights, and they decided to use the amount to help migrants coming into the United States.
Known as the founders of Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have dedicated their lives helping out migrants who wanted to enter the United States and experience living a comfortable life away from their poverty ridden and war torn countries.
Hispanics are one of the most populous ethnicities in the United States, but they still experience racist remarks from people who do not understand their hardships and sacrifices. Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff, is one of those who blame the Hispanics for the rise of crimes in the state of Arizona.
He wanted all of them deported back to their native countries to curb the rising number of crimes.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been in conflict with Joe Arpaio since 2007. The county sheriff ordered the arrest of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin in the middle of the night, and he accused them of leaking sensitive information online that would affect the case filed against him by the state prosecutor because of corruption. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook
What made it worse was the fact that Joe Arpaio wanted to trace down the IP address of everyone who viewed the website and have seen his information. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin believe that their arrest was a violation of their rights, as stated in the constitution, and fought to clear their names.
Media sympathized with the two, and they also published the sensitive information posted on Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s website. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin brought the case to the United States Court of Appeals, and they won. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821
Maricopa County had to pay Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin for the damages, amounting to $3.75, and they decided to use the money to set up a private fund called the Frontera Fund that will be used to protect the rights of Hispanic migrants that will be moving into the United States.
Today, the Frontera Fund is being used by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin to support groups and organizations who are advocating for the rights of the migrants. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have helped thousands of Hispanic migrants since the institution of the Frontera Fund.
Lacey and Larkin are using the money to help them find a job and a good place to live, so that they can change their lives for the better. Those who have experienced the kindness of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are giving back by donating additional cash to the Frontera Fund, with hopes that more people from the south will be assisted.