The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a body that was established in 2013 to support activist organizations that strive to protect the rights of immigrants and other minorities in the community.
The group was created by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, and it runs most of its operations in Arizona. The two individuals are distinguished journalists and co-own Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. In 2007, they were unlawfully detained by Joe Arpaio, who formerly served as the Maricopa County sheriff, for writing stories that revealed his abuse of power to the public.
They won a lawsuit that they had filed against the county government for violation of their rights and were awarded $3.75 million as settlement fees. This money was invested in the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to protect the rights of immigrants who live in Arizona.
Aliento is among the activist organizations that benefit from Lacey and Larkin’s charity work. It was established by undocumented youths and has been using art and campaigns in improving the lives of the immigrant community in Arizona. The foundation has been fighting for the DACA program in Arizona and many other U.S states.
It is devoted to empowering the individuals who are DACA-eligible by offering them pro-educational plans, leadership coaching, healing, and addressing deportation and DACA-based problems. The organization plans to hold significant retreats in 2017. The events will cover two states, and they aim at education DACA-eligible people and advocates.
The organization will join efforts with “dreamers” in motivating Hispanic youths to lead campaigns that will pressure politicians to support young immigrants. The movement is also committed to ensuring that dreamers receive sufficient support from organizations such as churches, schools, and businesses. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
Reyna Montoya, who co-founded Aliento, believes that youths who benefit from the DACA program are not assured of their stay in the United States during the Trump Administration. The foundation encourages undocumented individuals to defend their rights, protect the community, and also know each other.
During President Trump’s regime, over one million undocumented and DACA-eligible individuals have been facing threats on their future in the country. The government does not support them, and it could end the DACA program hence the deportation of thousands of people.
The Arizona state has passed various legislations that have made it very difficult for dreamers to access education and driver’s licenses. About 7 percent of the undocumented youths have managed to be admitted to U.S colleges and universities because of the strict rules.
Another Lacey and Larkin beneficiary is Fundación México. The southern Arizona-based organization was established to offer scholarships, bursaries, and grants to bright dreamers of Hispanic origin. It understands the problems that undocumented youths face.
Most of this individuals would like to attend colleges and universities, but they are unable to afford the high tuition fee that has been set by the law. Fundación México has set up private scholarships that enable hard working individuals from low-income backgrounds to attend higher learning institutions.