The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was created with the purpose of supporting groups that are advocating for Human, Migrant, and Civil Rights. The fund also backs groups that fight for Civic Participation and Freedom of Speech within Arizona. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is the brainchild of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey who are also the Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times co-founders.
The two journalist came up with starting up the fund after they were arrested back in 18th October 2007 by Sheriff Joe Arpaio for allegedly disclosing some proceedings of a grand jury. They later sued the Maricopa County and won the case and ended up getting 3.75 million dollars in settlement. They then opted to use the settlement money to finance migrant rights organizations in Arizona.
Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund supports numerous activist groups such as Aliento, Arizona Justice Project, The Young Centre, 1070, Phoenix Immigrant Justice Project, Justice that Works, American Immigration Council, Centre for Neighbourhood Leadership, The Colibri Centre for Human Rights and many more others.
Aliento is a youth led organization that is undocumented and is dedicated to healing the community by using advocacy as well as art. The organization came up with a campaign that is intended to champion the DACA-eligible people’s welfare within Arizona.
It also strives to protect the program itself at a national and state level. Aliento looks to educate DACA-eligible persons in Arizona via a program that is pro-educational, providing them with leadership training, healing, resilience, mindfulness, and also deportation and DACA issues. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time
1070 is a project supported by Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. 1070 is a theater show that was created by New Carpan Theatre Co, by James E. Garcia who is also the founder, playwright, and journalist of New Carpa. The brand has impressively been putting out thought-provoking multicultural and Latino theater in Arizona for over 15 years.
The story of 1070 revolves around the challenges faced by an immigrant family that has mixed-status. 1070 is seen through the eyes of a Dreamer who has siblings born in America and parents that are not documented.
The Phoenix Immigrant Justice Project looks to provide immigrants in Maricopa County with the provision of justice. They aim to represent the immigrants directly during removal proceedings through training and referring cases to the appropriate attorneys that provide services pro bono.
The project shall provide workshops, access to self-help legal guides and also legal consultations. Justice for Immigrants and Families was created by attorneys who offer their services pro bono known as Phoenix Legal Action Network. The also fight for free speech, police accountability and the right to vote.
The Young Centre is an organization built around championing human rights for immigrant children who are quite vulnerable. They fight for the improvement of the current immigration system in place in with the aim of having the children in deportation hearings to be viewed as children that require protection.
Children coming to Arizona are more likely to be separated from their parents as Arizona does not have detention centers for families. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund have taken great pride in supporting the organization to recruit advocates and also train them for the children separated from their parents to offer the children various services.
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