The Frontera Fund is an organization that supports migrant rights across Arizona. Founded in 2014 the fund is a sarcastic love letter to ex-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio, whose ardent stance against illegal immigration was the subject of much controversy, was a popular target for the media.
Co-founders of Phoenix New Times Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were the most fervent, dogging Arpaio at every corner, and exposing numerous scandals over the breadth of his tenure. Arpaio responded by investigating the paper. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
When Larkin and Lacey printed a confidential subpoena in their byline, Arpaio responded by arresting the two. After a 24-day incarceration the newsmen were freed, and in the following years they sued for wrongful imprisonment.
They won and immediately used the $3.75 million dollar payout to create the Frontera Fund. Now the fund gives aid to Latin groups that support migrant rights, and fights against the institutions Arpaio helped build. Everything they accomplish is funded by money the duo received from suing Arpaio. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: https://thenewsversion.com/2017/08/the-fall-of-sheriff-joe-arpaio-after-jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-controversy/ and http://reporterexpert.com/sheriff-arpaios-2017-criminal-conviction-clash-michael-lacey-jim-larkin/
The Frontera Fund supports many groups that are avid advocates for human, civil, and migrant rights. To be eligible for support, such groups must operate out of Maricopa County. The ACLU of Arizona is one organization. The AZ ACLU was formed in 1959, it is a successful challenger of Arizona laws that unfairly target minorities.
Through its tireless work it has rendered many laws unconstitutional, defended day worker’s rights to free speech, and famously led the defense of laborer Ernesto Miranda. The outset of Miranda’s case led to the institution of Miranda rights being read during an arrest. The American Immigration Council is a Washington D.C. based organization, but it operates in many states.
The purpose of American Immigration Council is to educate people on the subject of immigration. The hope is that a better knowledge of immigrant history will shape how people feel about immigration and influence the way they act. The group also has policy and legal programs that promote fair policies towards immigrant, more humane treatment, and ensure justice through the law.
AZ ACLU and American Immigration Council are only two groups that garner support from the Frontera Fund. Through its generous donations the fund allows such groups to continue their impactful work on the lives of migrants everywhere.
It continues to support advocate groups across Maricopa County, and seeks out new groups to ensure a better quality of life. In the midst of the dispute over illegal immigration is more important than ever for groups like this to support human rights.