Upon the arrest of the two journalists and executives of the Village Voice Media by deputies who were armed, coming from Joe Arpaio, the Sheriff of Maricopa County, on the evening of 18th October 2007.
The deputies, better referred to as the Selective Enforcement Unit, arrested Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey, forcefully removing them from their homes in the Phoenix area and tossed them into SUVs that had Mexican license plates and very dark tints.
Joe Arpaio ensured they were booked and jailed separately. The two who are also the co-founders of Phoenix New Times eventually got a hefty lump-sum in the settlement at the close of the case due to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s arrest of the two. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
They received $3.75 million as a settlement which they turned around and used the money as funding to support migrant rights organizations all over Arizona.
They were arrested for claims of releasing the proceedings of a grand jury that wanted notes from reporters regarding articles speaking of Joe Arpaio. Beyond all this, the grand jury demanded the names and more of those that read the stories online from the New Times regarding the sheriff.
They turned around and sued the county of Arizona, of which the lawsuit landed in the laps of the USA Court of Appeals for a ninth circuit.
The two, Lacey and Larkin, went to found the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to help groups that strived for the freedom of speech, civic participation, human, migrant and civil rights in Arizona. The fund supports groups such the American Civil Liberties of Arizona which was founded in 1959.
Since then, they have, with great success, challenged Arizona laws that are unconstitutional targeting the minorities. The organization led the defense of Ernesto Miranda, who was charged with rape due to confession to the police which in turn instituted the Miranda Warning.
Lacey and Larkin have managed to win many big cases worthy of challenge and therein gaining them great accreditation.
The Fund also funded Aliento which is notably a youth led and undocumented organization that works tirelessly to heal the community by using Advocacy and Art. It launched a new campaign that looks to champion the welfare of DACA-eligible people of Arizona and at the same time protect the DACA program at the national and state levels.
They aim to empower those in Arizona eligible for the DACA program using leadership, healing, resiliency, pro-educational, mindfulness as well as deportation and DACA challenges. In 2017, they also intend to have two retreats state-wide to train and recruit DACA advocates and beneficiaries.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has also funded organizations such as Si Se Puede Foundation.
Larkin and Lacey also include Can the Border Divide Us, 1070, Arizona Justice Project, GED2DACA, Puente, Phoenix Allies for Community Health, Raul Castro Institute, Promise Arizona, Owl and Panther / Hopi Foundation and much more that lie within that cluster.