The Frontera Fund came about after Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the fund’s two founding members, were arrested in the middle of the night by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio due to information about the sheriff that the pair of journalists revealed to their readers through their media outlet.
Both Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were journalists working as the co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, when the pair were taken into custody on October 18th, 2007, by the lawman. What is even more damning is the fact that there were subpoenas issued at the level of grand jury, demanding the personal information of readers who so much as viewed the article pertaining to the sheriff.
After their arrest, the two journalists sued the county and were granted a settlement of $3.75 million, which they used to form an organization that fought against injustices across the state of Arizona.
The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund specializes in helping to fund organizations whose sole purpose is to help people struggling with civil, human, and immigration rights. One of the main causes that the fund concentrates on is anything to do with the Mexican border, also known by some as “la línea fronteriza” – reflected in the name Frontera Fund.
Specific organizations that the fund supports can be found on the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund website, as well as recent news articles pertaining to civil and human rights issues from around the world and in Arizona.
Organizations that the fund supports include: 1070, Aliento, American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU of Arizona), American Immigration Council, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, Arizona Justice Project, Can The Border Divide Us?, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, The Colibrí Center for Human Rights, Cultural Coalition – Day of the Dead Phoenix, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Fundación México, GED2DACA, Justice for Immigrants & Families Project, Justice that Works, Kino Border Initiative, No More Deaths or No Más Muertes, Owl and Panther / Hopi Foundation, PACH (Phoenix Allies for Community Health), Phoenix Immigrant Justice Project, and Promise Arizona, just to name a few.
Earlier in the month there was an article on how the No More Deaths organization’s encampment had been surrounded and was being put under surveillance by the border patrol of the Mexican border. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/
This had the NMD organization, which promotes health and well being for those who make it over the border, put on edge.
Only recently was it just that – watching and waiting. It was as they thought and eventually their camp became raided by the border patrol, who forced their way into the camp for the raid.
This included, not only heavily armed and geared up individuals, but also the use of helicopters, 15 border patrol trucks filled with men, and even a film crew to record the whole event. June 15th, 2017, the No More Deaths camp was raided in Arivaca. This raid happened despite the fact that there were preexisting treaty between the border patrol guards and the members of the No More Deaths organization.