The Frontera Fund: Funding First Amendment and Immigrant Rights Initiatives

Globally, there are fewer human rights advocacy groups as influential and powerful as the United Nations and its Human Rights Commission. Since its founding in 1945, the United Nations has grown in stature to become a supranational organization with almost boundless mandates when it comes to fighting and protecting human rights.

Towards this end, it established several commissions such as the United Nations Human Rights Commission mandated with the primary role of advocating for human rights globally among its member states. The scope of its mandates extends beyond geopolitical boundaries.

Over the years, with the growing concern for human rights leading to the formation of new human rights advocacy groups, these mandates have overlapped with those of other such like organizations.

The successes of human rights advocacy groups have been founded in several factors. One such factor is the increasing collaboration between these organizations. The collaborations have seen them monitor human rights situations across the globe while also ensuring that policymakers and stakeholders to put in place policies and safeguards that guarantees and protects human rights.

However, not all human advocacy groups have clear cut mandates. Some such as Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund play backgrounds especially through financial contributions in support of the various activities of these mainstream human advocacy organization.

Frontera Fund: Towards Protecting Immigrants Rights

The founding of the Phoenix, Arizona-based nongovernmental human rights advocacy fund, Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund, has all the connotations of turning an ugly situation into a source of hope for a great many. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Jim Larkin |LinkedIn and Michael Larcey | Crunchbase

While there is nothing unfortunate or mysterious about the objective of the fund, the back story to its founding is a classical case of public officers overstepping their roles and going to the extremes to hide their ills.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County had, for many months, racially profiled Latinos through various ways. He not only detained them illegally; some of them died in jails managed by the sheriff.

He waged endless war-mongering and hate-filled against the Latinos. The exposures by two journalists and entrepreneurs, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, also revealed that Sheriff Joe Arpaio engaged in financial misappropriations among other ills.

However, the exposures published on the online publication of Phoenix New Times put the journalists and the sheriff in crosshairs. In apparent retaliation, the sheriff sent his deputies in tinted windows vehicles in the middle of the night to arrest the journalists.

They were not only with their weapons but also illegal grand jury subpoenas issued illegally. The resulting public outcry led to the release of the two journalists but they took the matter to the courts of law. After several years, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were awarded a total of $3.75 million in settlement after Maricopa County was found to have infringed on the First Amendment rights of the journalists.

The two journalists dedicated the money to supporting human rights advocacy organizations championing for immigrants.