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Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Launching a Fund for the People’s Rights

Wars and poverty are among the main reasons why people are fleeing their homelands and becoming refugees in the process. There are estimated to be millions of people who are experiencing everyday violence and abuse, at any given time, in the world today. Many fall victims to human traffickers, drug traffickers, rapists, and other criminal acts. These people, who are oppressed day and night, sometimes do not have any choice but to do what their captors say, as they are already fighting for their own survival. Read more: Jim | Twitter

Their human rights are being violated, and are being neglected by the majority. Some refugees who managed to escape the hands of the traffickers end up being an illegal immigrant in the country they got into. They are being threatened with deportation back to their own countries that are ravaged by wars and poverty, taking up the only chance that they have to rebuild their lives and start anew.

To help these people, volunteers began setting up non-government organizations that will oversee their condition and would make sure that all of their needs are attended. They aim to help out illegal immigrants and refugees start a new life and providing them with proper documents so that they can be legalized, and are also handing out their assistance to victims of abuse and human trafficking by providing counseling and justice.

In the United State, two men named Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are bound to become one of the most recognizable faces in the field of volunteerism, as they kick started a campaign of helping out illegal immigrants and refugees alike, crossing the border from Mexico, to integrate with the local people of Arizona, providing them cash assistance that was the result of a case that they have won several years ago.

Prior to becoming the faces of volunteerism, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had been working with Phoenix New Times, a newspaper company they founded along with their classmates back in 1970. In 2007, the two were arrested because of how they published a confidential subpoena into their website, revealing how the special prosecutor wanted them to reveal the IP address of all who have seen the personal address of the county sheriff. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

The issue began when they published the address of Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County sheriff, on their website, relating to their report about the sheriff’s deals with real estate companies, which the state attorney considered to be crime punishable under the Arizona laws.

After several media outlets expressed their support to Michael and Jim, their case was dropped the day after. The two brave men then filed alawsuit against Maricopa County, which resulted in them winning the case and being given $3.75 million for the damages.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used the money they received in establishing the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund.This fund is used to support groups and non-government organizations advocating for civil, human and migrant rightsthroughout the state of Arizona, and to date, the duo have managed to help thousands of people who are crossing the border with Mexico in search of a better life in the United States.