Life is full of shocking surprises. While we at times anticipate for certain things to happen, others are stimulated by forces of nature. For instance, The Frontera Fund is a product of an unlikely circumstance that saw its founders; Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin get falsely apprehended by a devious Maricopa Sheriff by the name of Joe Arpaio. Using the Selective Enforcement Unit, the Maricopa County Sheriff sent his deputies on a witch hunt, that to arrest the two journalists. Just like in a combat movie kidnapping scene, the two individuals were whisked off by officers from the sheriff’s department and forcefully shoved into sub utility vehicles with tinted windows and Mexican license plates. Apparently, the directive came from Arpaio who heads the sheriff’s department.
Joe Arpaio was spooked off by Michael and Jim’s actions of publicly exposing him for allegations of abuse of public office. An outraged Joe initiated the arrests since the two journalists had at one point in time covered a story on him in the Phoenix New Times. In the story, Arpaio was said to be guilty of causing the deaths of inmates due to torture and mistreatment, racial prejudice, as well as illegally detaining individuals from the Latino community. In only a span of 24 hours, Michael and Jim got released from jail due to a public outcry, and after attending many court sessions after suing the sheriff and Maricopa County for abuse of power, they got rewarded with a $3.7 million settlement in 2013.
That is when the idea of creating The Frontera Fund got born. By using all the money from their settlement, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin created the organization to help individuals hailing from the Hispanic community fight social and political injustices. Also, they created the group so as to help deal with racial profiling particularly in the State of Arizona. Ever since its inception, The Frontera Fund has joined hands with other like-minded groups to fight for the rights of Mexicans who travel a thousand miles through hostile terrain in search for better opportunities for their families. The Frontera Fund has been silently providing finances to non-profit organizations whose primary purpose is to fight for the rights and freedoms of the Hispanic migrant population. Through the Frontera Fund, Jim and Michael have been able to create global awareness as to what transpires in Arizona on a daily basis.
Michael and Jim’s agenda has been extremely useful to the extent that it has given other watch dog groups the courage and endurance they need to fight oppression. Due to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s heart for giving, they have offered a voice to the voiceless. So far, the Frontera Fund has caused a major stir in how refugees are handled, causing the authorities to pay particular attention as to how they treat migrants.