Lacey and Larkin Fund, Aligning The Fight For Human Rights

It’s a well honored tradition among journalists and other types of news writers that they live and die for their craft. Sometimes that craft is based upon the protection of virtues. These virtues often call for remaining tight-lipped about the unidentified sources and research notes for a headlining story. This is something that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin found to be an extreme example of doing anything to protect a news story.

On October 1, 2007, the two men found themselves locked up based upon a story they were in the process of developing about Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. As the investigative story started gaining momentum, Lacey and Larkin were arrested in the middle of the night for refusal to turn over their source notes.

During the course of the legal proceedings that followed, their arrests and detainment was deemed unlawful. The result of the case revealed just how far some people will go to keep the truth for being known. Not only did a grand jury inquiry lead to their arrests, but there was also a demand for the list of people who had read stories involving the Sheriff that were published online. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Twitter

Due to non-enforcement of their civil rights, Lacey and Larkin eventually had their case overturned by the prevailing authority, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. When the legal implications of their “unlawful detainment” were upheld, their names were cleared, and Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin received a settlement in the amount of $3.75 million.

That money went towards establishing The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, which upholds advocacy groups who support civil, human and migrant rights. As the co-founders of the Village Voice and the Phoenix Times, Lacey and Larkin already had a platform for written outcry about social injustices.

The fund makes it possible for ordinary citizens to seek help for legal cases involving the preservation of freedom of speech or some other denial of civil participation. Human Rights Advocacy Organizations receive financial assistance from the fund in Arizona and in the surrounding geographical region, extending as far as the Mexican border.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund supports human, civil, migrant and immigrant rights. The fund operates as a non profit headquartered in Arizona. In this region, there’s a large Mexican population and currently Lacey and Larkin is aligning their support against reversal of the Deferred Action for Arrivals in Children (DACA).

So, not only do they support advocacy group financially, but the fund also maintains funding for public issues that are related to active causes. The DACA is a hotbed issue in Arizona because of former President Obama’s federal mandate, which allowed undocumented immigrants access to state tuition.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is working to defend migrants and immigrants against President Trump’s ongoing decisions which make them vulnerable. The fund supports marches, organized rallies and public demonstrations that are formed to highlight illegal activities and sanctions that violate human or civil rights.


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