Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund Funds Activist Groups

Human, civil, and migrant rights are violated every day at an alarming rate. These issues go relatively unreported by the media. In response, activists groups were created to address these issues and provide relief to the people and families who have been hurt.

There are over 200 organizations involved with The United States Human Rights Network. Together, they face issues surrounding healthcare rights, immigration, discrimination, punishment, and unjust treatment.

The Colibri Center is one of these groups. They are based in Tucson, Arizona and are family group that functions on a nonprofit advocacy platform. They work to end the growing issue of migrant death and suffering that is so prominent along the United States and Mexico border.

One of their programs focuses on migrants who have gone missing. They seek to identify and notify families of missing and dead migrants on a larger, more effective scale.

This group has been in function since 2006. Many of the bodies are unable to identified by fingerprint or photograph proof due to the harsh environment in which the bodies decompose. That is why the Colibri group has started working with medical examiners in order to create a DNA program. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

The majority of the bodies that are examined are unable to be identified. This DNA program has the power to change that and bring relief to the families who are missing people. This DNA is sent out to respected office and examined.

They also have a Family Network program that provides support and a place for relatives of immigrants to connect. This program also allow Colibri to learn and come up with new ideas for how they can help these families. The group has a Facebook group as well as a system for conference calls so that the families and loved ones can discuss these tragedies from the comfort of their homes.

Lifelong journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin created the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund and are the heart and brains behind its success. The two also work together at Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times, where they are both co-founders. During this journalism career, they were unjustly detained by Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff.

This occurred in 2007 when Michael and Jim were taken in the middle of the night and arrested. This followed their released of the knowledge that Sheriff Arpaio was involved in a coverup. Michael and Jim, outraged that their first amendment right was being violated, sued the county for unlawful arrest.

After a long court battle, they won the settle of $3.4 million. Larkin and Larcey decided to dedicate this money to something that would help others who also had their rights violated. This was the birth of the idea for the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.

This group would go on to support and fund migrant, human, and civil rights groups in the Arizona area. They are located in Phoenix, Arizona and focus on the border killings and treatment of migrants along the United States and Mexican border.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737