Why the organizations that fight for human rights are doing a good work

The contribution of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey

In 2008, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were handled against the requirements of the human rights. Since the duo had no power, they were forcefully removed from their houses at night. There is no law in the United States that supports such an action.

The reason for their arrest did not worth the treatment which they received. After receiving their compensation, the duo donated the entire amount to the service of human rights. It was a huge boost to different organizations as the course of fighting for the human rights required such bold actions.

The beauty of fighting for human rights

Several individuals in the past fought for human rights. These individuals did not receive any funding from influential business people or other governments. Their courses were honest, and they stood for what they believed. Usually, it is hard to stand bold and fight for the rights of others. People get scared when rich folks use their influence and wealth to frustrate their actions. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

The successful groups that have stood against impunity always emerge victoriously. The joy that comes with an accomplishment cannot be quenched. For this reason, the organizations that have successfully fought for human rights deserve a commendation.

Anti-slavery International

The group has taken up a new direction of human rights. Currently, slavery happens differently. In places of work, individuals undergo treatments which are inhuman. Most people are not happy with the working conditions, but the business owners take advantage of the situation because most employees have no choice.

The Antislavery International is a human rights group that stands to protect employees and any other person that undergoes any form of slavery. The organization is doing good work in the United States, and their services are soon being extended to Europe and Africa.

The committee to protect journalists

Journalists are among the most influential people in their society. From time to time, the rights of the journalists have always been suppressed because they report lots of things. Some of the information reported by the journalists holds a lot of truth and because of this; the influential individuals try to silence them.

The committee to protect journalists is a group that has been created by the media groups in the United States. Since journalists experience similar problems, the media houses have come together to protect their employees from the hands of dictators.

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Having a Big Heart for Others

If you were falsely arrested, sued those who arrest you, win a case against them and awarded close to four million dollars by the court, what would you do with the money? Would you buy a new car, a house or tour the world? Would you ever think of starting a charity to fight for other people’s rights and freedom? Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey

I doubt. Yet, that is exactly what Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin did. They started a charity fund, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, with their settlement money.

This is how it happened: Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were two veteran journalists. The two were fearless in their work. They dedicated their work in championing for human rights. They were on the forefront of defending the oppressed minority by articulating their suffering. They also unearthed those behind the mistreatment of the minority and made sure that the public knew about them.

Their daring spirit led to their arrest after they wrote a story about a notorious sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Sheriff Joe had presented himself as untouchable, a demi-god who used his power and office to discriminate, mistreat and abuse minority groups. Upon the running of the story, the Sheriff ordered for their arrest and prosecution. However, as the old adage goes, the truth will always prevail. Michael and Jim were later released from jail after it was found out that they had been falsely arrested and accused.

They then sued the county. The court favored them and awarded them 3.75 million dollars as resettlement. Having been arrested for fighting for the rights of the minorities, Michael and Jim decided to use the resettlement money to set up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to help other groups that advocate for the rights of the minorities with funds.

Over the years, this organization has effortlessly been working in makings sure that the rights of the immigrants are respected and their dignity preserved. The organization operates in Arizona and along the Mexican border.

Many countries lack legal systems that uphold the civil rights, human and migrant rights. That, coupled with huge legal fees has left most migrants and refugees to face the blunt force law in certain countries in silence. Some have been arrested, accused falsely and even jailed because they lacked people to defend them. Others lacked significant knowledge regarding the laws of the country. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

To be of assistance in organizing lawyers and law students succeed in fighting for both human and legal rights of refugees through legal help and policy advocacy, the International Refugee Assistance Project was formed. The project empowers members with legal knowledge on how to articulate the rights of refugees through legal means.

Another organization that works similar to International Refugee Assistance Project is the Immigration Legal Resource Center, a national resource center that helps in training lawyers and advocates, as well as communities to advocate for the rights and well-being of immigrants. It also participates in county, state and federal advocacy work and has been key in calling for the rights of immigrants and minorities.

The Birth of the Renowned Frontera Fund

It all started on the fateful day of October 18, in the year 2007, when both Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey were forcefully removed from their homes and taken into custody. Both of whom are respected media personalities at Village Voice Media were handcuffed and put into Mexican vehicles that had tinted panes. They were then taken to different cells that were managed by Joe Arpaio while at the police station.


Joe Arpaio was the man behind the arrest of both journalist, who was then known as “America’s Roughest Sheriff.” This is because he was not happy with some recent stories that had appeared in the Phoenix New Times Stories regarding himself and some of his undertakings. According to the paper, the sheriff was involved in mismanagement of funds in the county as well as other mischievous activities. Other accusations included poor maintenance in the jails, mistreatment of inmates which led to numerous death cases, racial discrimination, abuse of power, and illegal detention of people, especially those of Latin origin.


Interesting to note, after the revelation of the misdeeds conducted by Arpaio and his office, they further sought to get into their hand’s details regarding the Phoenix New Times writers, editors, as well as the readers. If that wasn’t enough, they further issued jury summons seeking the readers’ details, IP addresses, and browsing history. However, that did not get to both Larkin and Lacey as they continued exposing them. While at the cells, other inmates probed Lacey on the cause for his arrest and were surprised to find out that it was his writing.


The County residents were not happy with the arrest and sought for justice. Both writers did not remain the cells for more than 24 hours, and all their charges dropped. As a result of the wrongful arrest and detention, there was a long battle in court. The sheriff and the entire Maricopa County were accused of abuse of power and infringing human rights. According to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the two had been wrongfully arrested. The courts further revealed that there was clear and enough proof showing that the two writers have been assaulted based on the First Amendment.


At the same time, all the members of the grand jury serving in the case were not valid. This is because the prosecuting attorney had violated the legal procedures. Therefore, the writers were found to have been arrested without a cause. The courts further ordered the Maricopa County to pay a settlement amount of $3.7 million to the writers.


Larkin and Lacey decided to donate the settlement amount and start the Frontera Fund initiative. The initiative was meant to help the Hispanic community at large as they had been subjected to racial discrimination. According to Larkin, he learned from an early age to help the less fortunate. He further reveals that donating their compensation to the less fortunate was the best decision they ever made!