Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two of the most well-known human rights activists in the United States. The two were known to accept migrants coming from the south, helping them process their documents to become legal citizens of the United States and they are also actively helping the migrants look for a job and a place to live.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been helping the migrants through their private fund, named the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, and the total amount of cash available inside their fund is $3.75 million.
The migrants who were assisted by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin now have comfortable lives in the United States, and they are also giving out some of their money to help other migrants who have just arrived in the United States.
The origin of the Frontera Fund dates back to 2007, when Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested by the men of Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff. He accused Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin of posting malicious information online about his case that is being filed by the county attorney.
They were brought inside the court, and Joe Arpaio wanted Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin to delete the information they posted, and he also wanted a complete list of all the people who managed to visit the website by tracing down their IP addresses. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: https://angel.co/michael-lacey-3 and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin refused to provide the information that the Maricopa County Sheriff wanted, and the request of Joe Arpaio also triggered the outrage of the locals living in Phoenix, as well as the city’s media people.
They said that it is a violation of the constitution because it will affect the privacy of the citizens who managed to view the page. They are also demanding for the release of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
After massive protests around the city, the judge dropped the case filed against the two, stating that there is no strong evidence against them. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin filed a counter protest against the Maricopa County, and they won.
They received $3.75 million for the damages against their name, and they used the money to start a private fund that will help migrants coming from the south. Up until this day, the Frontera Fund is being used to help people who are in need, and the fund keeps of growing because of the extensive number of donors.