Migrant rights are essential for any society that considered itself forward-looking.Organizations and individuals have been essential towards the achievement of this rights at every stage of society.
They work has helped governments grow towards better service to their citizens as well as helped expose those that do not share the values and believes that every human being is equal to other and should be treated fairly as so. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The job of this organizations is to establish where the rights of individuals have been violated and act on the cases at both the individual level as well as work to change the laws and mandates that continue to enable these violations.
The Frontera fund.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are passionate journalists who have been very vocal about human rights and were also co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They had worked in Maricopa County for long enough and had over the period of time seen the violations that had continuously been taking place under the leadership of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The self-dubbed toughest sheriff in America had made it a habit of making arbitrary arrest mostly targeted at the Hispanic population within his county.His stance on immigrants was a well-known secret and he would randomly stop search and in other cases arrest them.
This is in violation of the constitution and even though most big media houses did not pay much attention to his antics the duo was always very vocal showing the country what was happening.
This criticism did not go down well with the sheriff who saw him target the two after a period of time he effected a midnight raid and arrest shoving the two in separate unmarked SUVs and later to separate holding jails.
In a span of twenty-four hours following the arrest the outcry national wide was so much that the sheriff dropped there charges and released them unconditionally.
The duo having seen first hand what the sheriff was putting others through sued the sheriff’s office and this is what led to the ninth circuit court ruling that the arrests, in fact, had not only been illegal but also an infringement on there first amendment rights.
What followed was a settlement of Three and a half million dollars which was used to start the Frontera fund. The fund works as a place where the Hispanic community can gain representation for any violations effected on them.
The organization has also been working with others to achieve these goals that the founders hold dearly.
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