Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two individuals who have been working to help the situation of migrant workers in the country. Lacey and Larkin are two people from the Latin American community in America and were living in Arizona. At the time, both of them were working as a journalist for their own news agency. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook
They would regularly put out journalistic content every week or so through their own publication. They would write about the various happenings in their area and also about the political scenario in the area. The sheriff at the time for Maricopa County was Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was considered to be one of the toughest sheriffs in the entire country.
He was notorious for his racial discrimination and was known for targeting people based on their ethnicity. He was against Mexicans and other races living in America and believed that people who had white skin tone were the only ones who could live in the country.
He would, therefore, arrest people based on their race and lock them up behind bars even if they had not done anything wrong. All of this was done in the dark and kept away from the public eye.
When Lacey and Larkin got their hands on this information they thought that it was their journalistic duty to report this to the people. They, therefore, decided to write an article about it and publish it in their newsletter. Naturally, the article gained a lot of public attention and even came upon Joe Arpaio. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/
One day after the article was made public to the people, both Lacey and Larkin were taken from their homes without their consent and kept in jails which were under the care of Arpaio. The duo was kept in solitary confinement for a total period of forty-eight hours before they were released. Upon their release, they were threatened by Joe and were told that they were in for their writing.
Hearing this, Lacey and Larkin decided to sue Joe for the wrongs that he has done. They were of the opinion that he should pay for what he did to them, which he did, in the form of a huge settlement.
Instead of using this money on themselves, Lacey and Larkin decided to use it to build an organization which helps those who were in a similar situation as them and who have faced any kind of discrimination at some or the other point in their lives. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has provided aid to hundreds of families across America, giving them a new hope for their future in America.