Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Establishing the Frontera Fund

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been helping helpless migrants for years. They have established a fund known as Frontera Fund which aims to help people who are either labeled as refugees, migrants, or illegal immigrants. They do not choose the people that they will help, and they are assisting them to have a better life in the United States. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin got their inspiration to help migrants when they saw the persecution of these people especially in Europe. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/

They have seen the same thing happening in their own backyard, especially on the states facing the Mexican border. Being from Arizona, they have heard about the migrant’s story, and vowed to help them in order for them to live peacefully.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were once classmates at the Arizona State University, and in 1970, they decided to establish a publication inviting their other classmates to become a part of it. The publication was named the Phoenix New Times, and it delivers news and public service to the people of Arizona. Through the years of being active, the Phoenix New Times have published different news stories and investigative articles that shed light about local state issues.

One of the greatest controversies that surrounded the publication company happened in 2007, when Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested because of a law suit that was filed against them by the Maricopa County. It all stems from the article that they have made, about the illegal real property deals that the county sheriff is partaking into. The county attorney has stated that the county sheriff can be held liable because of these illegal deals, and so the county sheriff had decided to retaliate.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were accused of leaking the decision of the jury about the county sheriff’s case, and they are also accused of leaking this information online, along with the sheriff’s home address which invades his right to privacy. The two denied the accusations, but they keep on attending their hearings. What the county sheriff wanted was for them to pay for the damages that had caused him, and to have all the IP addresses of all who visited their website and have seen his home address traced down.

Media practitioners around the United States have shown support for Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, and condemned what the county sheriff wanted. They have stated that revealing the IP addresses of all who have visited the website is a violation of their right to privacy.

Days later, the judge who was handling the case decided that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are innocent, and the two filed a counter lawsuit against the Maricopa County. They won the case because of the evidences that they have presented, and they were awarded with $3.75 million.

The sum of money that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin received from winning the case was used to fund the Frontera Fund, and up until this day, people are looking for them to ask for assistance. The two never cease to assist people who needs their help.