For a charity organization to run efficiently, it is apparent that it would need funding. These funds enable the day to day operations of such agencies to be run. The Larkin and Lacey foundation is an organization that provides funding for such organizations. Various activist groups based in Arizona are a beneficiary of this fund.
The association was founded in 2013 and has ever since managed to create an impact on the lives of many immigrants in the U.S.A. It was established by two journalists in Arizona namely Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
The two own two media houses are known as the Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times. The journalists published stories bringing to light the injustices committed by Joe Arpaio, the then sheriff of Maricopa County. The sheriff had perpetrated prejudices against immigrants including harassment.
Due to this, the sheriff ordered the arrest of the two activists. However, the detention was rendered illegal when the two journalists sued the county for violations of their rights as stipulated in the Fifth Amendment. As compensation, the two journalists were awarded a sum of$3.75 million.
The Frontera Fund has played a significant role in funding many foundations that push for immigrant rights. Among the beneficiaries, we have the Arizona Justice Project created to innocent immigrants that have been jailed and to also who are faced with such detentions.
According to AJP, many poor people are faced with similar injustices just because they are unable to pay their legal fees. It is for this reason that it has taken upon itself to help people who have been wrongfully accused and or detained, prisoners who lack a decent health care and inmates who have been punished beyond measure. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Facebook
The Arizona Justice Project believes that when injustices are perpetuated peoples, freedom is compromised. It has partnered with law schools across Arizona, investigators, and lawyers who offer pro bono services so that it can accomplish its mission of protecting people. The investigators are an asset because they help by providing them with witnesses and new evidence.
Currently, AJP is working hard towards solving about 36 cases that have been brought to it. It issues newsletters to the immigrant communities and the accused persons so they can be aware of how their appeal cases are proceeding. Other than that the newsletters also serve to create awareness of things that deal with illegal imprisonment and it also updates law students on forensic science discoveries.
The Arizona Dream Act Coalition (ADAC) is also another charity that benefits from Michael’s and Jims Fund. The initiative was started by undocumented youths in Arizona. They spoke against legislation that was passed in 2006. The law barred them from benefiting from scholarships that were being offered and funded publicly. The bill also needed that the undocumented individuals pay more tuition fees than the Americans. Even though undocumented, the young individuals relentlessly fought against the injustices.
ADAC has directed a lot of their efforts in ensuring that Mexican youth who are immigrants in the US are accorded their rights and that they also get to pay affordable for their tuition fees. It has sued the governor of Arizona for refusing to issue them with driver’s licenses. This event occurred after clearance by the Department of Homeland Security.
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