The Frontera Fund Begins with the Hardships of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin

The Frontera Fund is a philanthropic source that provides funding to organizations that stand up for the rights of marginalized people. Organizations that stand up for the rights of immigrants, migrants and minorities are the recipients of this fund. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin created this financial source back in 2013 after they were awarded a whopping $3.7 million dollars.

Lacey and Larkin received this funding as the result of being wrongfully arrested by a corrupt Arizona sheriff named Arpaio. Joe Arpaio had dubbed himself America’s toughest sheriff and he was certainly a hard-nosed sheriff who wanted to arrest Lacey and Larkin for trumped up charges.

Larkin and Lacey are the co-owners of the Phoenix New Times. These two men featured stories about Arpaio and his corrupt practices back in 2012. When the stories ran, Arpaio was upset by the stories. The two had exposed Sheriff Arpaio’s tactics for harassing Mexican people and they also exposed his political posturing.

The two men reported on how the sheriff ran a corrupt jail that was in poor condition, the mistreatment of inmates and about Arpaio’s unconstitutional harassment of Latino prisoners. Eventually, Sheriff Arpaio had the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to issue subpoenas against Larkin and Lacey.

The subpoenas were created to get information about the writers, editors and even the subscribers of this paper. They also wanted to gather information about the personal browsing history of the paper’s subscribers and their IP addresses. Clearly, Sheriff Apraio wanted to do more than just stop what he believed a bad story. He wanted to secure personal and private information from people he had not right to harass.

Lacey and Larkin were held in jail for at least 24 hours before they were released. There was a huge national outcry over the matter. Once the men were out of jail, their charges were dropped. However, they did take this matter to court and in 2012 they won the settlement.

Larkin and Lacey’s Frontera Fund was created, and it now serves the people of Arizona and it also helps people all over the U.S. Larkin and Lacey both want to help the Latino community since they experience so much harassment and mistreatment at the hands of corrupt members of the law enforcement community.