Lacey and Larkin, Fostering Global Cohesion

Global cohesion and peace is something that has evaded our world for many centuries. Civilizations have gone to war with each other, cultures have gotten conquered, people have ended up as hostages, and others have died all in the name of ‘peace.’ Due to the raging wars, individuals have been forced to migrate from their war infested countries in search of refuge in neighboring nations only to end up in the hands of oppressors.

To the migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border, mistreatment coupled by oppression happens to be a norm. Because of the hate directed towards refugees, migrants have gotten exposed to unlawful deportation, torture, and even murder. However, human and civil rights groups have sprung up to take action against law enforcement agencies including border security that is quick to do more harm than good to migrants. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

For instance, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project got created so as to offer detainees in fear of getting deported legal support. Through the organization, detainees have been able to gain access to competent and impartial lawyers, something that has helped most of these victims successfully fight back.

Also, the group has offered legal support to immigrant children who happen not to have a parent or legal guardian. It is because of the efforts of The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project that many refugees have had a second chance to rebuild their lives.

Since The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project strives to protect the rights and freedoms of minority groups, it has initiated a program meant to provide essential services to ‘special needs’ migrants.

The refugees are either mentally ill, look frail, are in search of asylum, running away from domestic violence, or those individuals who have at one time survived torture. For the many years that the group has been in existence, it has provided high levels of services to both children and adults.

The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project has been receiving funding from The Frontera Fund, an organization created by Michael and Jim. Out of their kind hearts, Jim and Mike made use of their court settlement money to do something good for the Hispanic community.

Since the duo has always wanted to see that individuals from poor backgrounds regain their dignity, they chose to use the $3.75 million that was given to them to do something meaningful for the world to see.

It is in 2007 that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin got wrongfully arrested and detained by the then Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. At one point in time, Jim and Mike had covered and published a story about the atrocities committed by Arpaio while in office. Since the allegations against Joe seemed to shed some bad light on the law enforcement officer, he resulted to arresting the two journalists in the cover of darkness, in a covert kind of operation.

News of the arrests soon reached an angry public who demanded the immediate release of the duo. It is then that a long court battle ensued between Maricopa County and the two journalists. Luckily, Jim and Michael won and got a $3.75 million compensation. From that glorious day, the idea for The Frontera Fund was born.

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