In the year 2007, a special enforcement unit arrested Larkin and Lacey. These two men were known voice media executives in the village. They were removed from their homes and they were taken to unmarked residential with Mexican license plates and dark tinted windows. Later, they were jailed in different cells which were monitored by Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Their arrest was carried out and enforced by Arpaio who recognized himself as the toughest sheriff in America. Phoenix News Times had been writing stories exposing Arpaio evil practices. Larkin and Lacey were arrested for writing articles in Phoenix New Times detailing Arpaio’s practices. Due to public demand, Larkin and Lacey were freed from jail and all the charges against them were considered irrelevant.
The illegal arrest and detention of Larkin and Lacey lead to the court battle on the amendment of human rights and abuse of power to be prolonged. The Circuit realized that the penalty that was offered to Larkin and Lacey had no legal grounds because the prosecutor did not follow the required legal procedures. It was clear that Larkin and Lacey were arrested illegally.
The court decision allowed Larkin and Lacey to be compensated with an amount equivalent to 3.7 million U.S dollars. These men decided to consider this money as Frontera Fund which was an initiative that was intended to benefit the community that had faced discrimination of their rights and who have suffered from racial animus in Arizona.
Larkin was born and grew up in Arizona and he considered it necessary to give back to the community to the less fortunate people.
Even as the political climate started rising in the year 2014 elections Larkin and Lacey were still distributing Funds to benefit non-profit making organizations that advocated for the human rights.
These two gentlemen dedicated their settlement funds which were as a result of their arrest by Arpaio to finance human rights organizations in Arizona.
One of the organizations that are connected to the Larkin and Lacey Frontera fund is an organization known as Angeles de Frontera. It is a charitable firm that is located in San Diego and it was inaugurated back in the year 1986 by Enrique Morones. It mainly focuses on immigrant reforms, prevention of the unfair killing of the immigrants and the general migrant rights.
Angeles de Frontera is a community awareness and an educational programme that guides people to the desert and along the migrant crossing borders. It touches on immigrant population in San Diego through different outreach programmes including free assistance program and Day Laborer outreach.
This organization dispels the different myths that surround immigrant in the U.S. It works to bring back justice and truth. It was actively involved in the American Immigration crises in the year 2014. This organization donated 50 tons of toys, food, clothing and books for the migrants.
Lacey was keen to observe that Arpaio was detaining Mexican migrants and whoever who was seen to bear brown color and he was not happy at all.
In conclusion, social injustice has continued to be felt by many people in the world. Therefore we need people like Larkin and Lacey who will stand firm and fight for human rights.