The origin story of the Frontera Fund is a very interesting tale. The fund supports advocate groups for civil, human, and migrant rights. It is a subject made all the more important by the current hullaballoo surrounding illegal immigration. Founded in 2014 by Phoenix New Times co-founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin the fund is legacy-making insult to Joe Arpaio.
During his tenure as Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arpaio caused much controversy in his methods to stem illegal immigration. Many called his tactics unconstitutional, chief among them Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The duo chased down every story they could find about the Sheriff, peppering his reputation with numerous scandals and allegations.
When he began investigating them the duo decided to print a confidential court-ordered subpoena. As this was a criminal violation Arpaio had the duo arrested. The arrest led to a wrongful arrest lawsuit, which then led to a $3.75 million dollar victory for the duo.
They turned around and used the settlement to create the Frontera Fund. Now they support groups who actively fight the legacy left by Arpaio, using money they won at his expense.
The Frontera Fund is a stern advocate Latino groups that fight for human, civil, and migrant rights. It supports numerous organizations, giving them the money they need to continue their work. The only requirements is that they be Arizona-based, and that the groups advocate for Latin-American communities.
The ACLU of Arizona
The AZ ACLU was created in 1959. In its long tenure it has accomplished many notable victories. A supporter of human rights, the AZ ACLU fights Arizona Laws that unfairly single out minority groups. It has successfully made many laws unconstitutional. Currently it defends worker’s rights to free speech, and ensures fair legal representation. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn
The AZ ACLU is the group that famously defended day laborer Ernesto Miranda in the case that led to institution of Miranda rights. They are always present in cases that fringe constitutional rights, fighting the good fight for minorities across Arizona.
The American Immigration Council
Based in Washington D.C., the American Immigration Council educates people on the topic of immigration. They show the history and struggle of the American immigrant in order to teach people about their plight.
The hope is that through such knowledge people will gain a better understanding of immigration, leading to a different course of action. The American Immigration council also advocates legal programs to assist immigrants’ treatment by the law, as well as policy programs to better the quality of life. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Voice_Media and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_New_Times
By supporting these two groups the Frontera Fund fights for civil, human, and migrant rights. Ensuring that the Latin community of Arizona get a fair shake. Their advocacy has made life better for many, championing human rights and raising awareness.