Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin are the founders of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The organization is one that provides aid to people who have been discriminated against, and those who have been wronged by the judicial system in the country.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has helped several people all over the country and has provided a new hope to countless lives. The formation of the organization stemmed from the experiences that Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were a part of, and the injustices that they had to experience, even though they had done nothing wrong and had not caused harm to anyone.
At the time of the incident which gave rise to the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, both Lacey and Larkin were writers who had their weekly newsletter, where they covered all the various happenings in their community and city. Lacey and Larkin were both American citizens living in the city of Phoenix, Arizona.
Lacey and Larkin would cover all the latest happenings in their city with great detail, which often included articles about the various happenings in their justice system. At the time, Joe Arpaio was the person who was the country sheriff of the area. He was known to have a stellar reputation for being one of the top sheriffs in the country, and was known for putting a large number of illegal immigrants behind bars, and sending them back to their own country.
However, reports began to surface about Joe Arpaio and the arrests that he was making. People soon started seeing a pattern in the arrests that they were making, with a large number of individuals that were involved in this coming from Hispanic backgrounds.
Lacey and Larkin decided to publish about this in their newsletter, which then sparked an incident that they were not prepared for. Just a day after the report was made public, Lacey and Larkin were picked up from their homes and forcefully put into two separate vans, without being told where they were being taken to.
They were then put into two different holding facilities which were by no surprise, run none other than Joe Arpaio. Both of them were kept in these holding cells for forty-eight hours before they were released. Since there were no legitimate grounds for their arrests, Lacey and Larkin decided to sue Joe Arpaio for his wrongdoing and misuse of power. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
During the court trial, there was evidence presented to suggest that Joe Arpaio would bribe the jurors of the people that he wanted to put behind bars so that he would get the outcome he desired.
Lacey and Larkin ultimately won the case, which was closed with a settlement offered to them by the Maricopa County. This incident also sparked a nationwide agitation against Joe Arpaio, with numerous people coming together demanding that he be given punishment for his wrong doings, and be stripped of his title of Sheriff of Maricopa County.
Instead of keeping the settlement money for themselves, Lacey and Larkin decided to use it to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to help those who are put in similar situations, so that they have the means to fight the battle and seek justice for themselves.