Michael and Jim are advocates for migrant rights. Their fight started with the discrimination of migrants in Arizona. Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s wrongful imprisonment of Larkin and lacy caused an uproar that made their message and cries for immigrants heard. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821
More than ten years ago, Larkin and Lacey had been arrested by order of the ‘hardy’ Sheriff Joe Arpaio for apparently disclosing details about the investigation by the grand jury. Their arrest caught the attention of a Voice Media publication Phoenix New Times.
The media attention frustrated Arpaio because of his over-aggressive tactics of law enforcement. His orders against women who held their statuses as immigrants and inmates were some of the issues that were brought up by the publicists. All this was outlined as the injustices he performed since his inauguration as the Sheriff in 1992.
After getting away so many times with these misconducts, and most importantly misuse of authority to oppress others. In 2011 December, Judge G. Murray Snow of the district court issued an injunction against Maricopa Sheriff’s office and Joe Arpaio. Read more: Jeremy Goldstein | Slideshare and Jeremy Goldstein | Crunchbase
Alongside the preliminary injunction, the judge clearly ruled that the sheriff should make sure he stops targeting Latino drivers which outlines radical profiling. The ruling was based on examples of persons treated unjustly thus their human right violated.
Eighteen months later, after the court session and the clear ruling made against the office, Sheriff Arpaio and his office continued committing the same offenses.
They not only unfairly target the Latinos but also harass them and fought against those who confronted or criticized them. An example of those who dared to expose the operations of the Sheriff is the Phoenix New Times headed by Larkin and Lacey.
The paper published articles calling out Arpaio and his team’s mischiefs. All these publications had caught the sheriff’s eyes. After this coming to his knowledge, he sent out his allies in the attorney’s office to issue a subpoena to dig out information on which the papers writers, editors and readers were.
Before they could be found, the news of this reached the publication and in turn published an article exposing the plot to find and silence them.
The story spread like bush fire. Soon after, on 18th October 2007, Jim Larkin and Lacey were illegally detained by Arpaio’s team, violating their First Amendment rights. Since the
Arpaio in 2012 for making an unlawful arrest against their critics. Larkin and Lacey were later released after twenty-four days imprisonment and 3.7 million dollars from the lawsuit. The money was used to start the Larkin and Lacey Frontera fund which provides grants for migrant organizations throughout Arizona.
During the reign of Joe Arpaio, Human rights movements began forming regionally and nationally in response to the illegalities and oppression caused by the administration under Arpaio.
These organizations rallied around the oppressed Latino community and swore to protect them. Leading is Larking and Lacey’s Fund that helps in protecting the society’s First Amendment rights.