Larkin & Lacey Frontera Funds Migrant Groups

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was co-founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The two started their careers in journalism with a long history of defending the right to the first amendment and freedom of speech. Later in their careers, they founded the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, both of which are popular and thriving news sources. Read more:  Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

In 2007, the two men were unfairly arrested by the corrupt Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, for releasing information about his unsavory behavior. Outraged by this violation to their rights, Michael and Jim decided to sue the county. After a long battle in court, it ruled in favor of Michael and Jim and they were awarded over $3 million in their settlement.

They vowed to use this money to help other people who are also having their rights violated. Since they are located in Phoenix, Arizona, the issues along the United States and Mexico border are particularly of interest to them. They focus their work on migrant rights and the treatment of immigrants along the border.

Additionally, Larkin and Larcey work to bring attention to the border killing and cruel treatment of immigrants that is so common in that area. They also fund other groups in the human, civil, and migrant sector that are located in the Arizona area.

One of the groups that is funded by the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is the Colibri Group. This is a nonprofit group that has been run by a family since the 1980s.

They also work in Arizona and their main focus is migrant rights along the United States and Mexico border. They currently function on a three step process platform. This platform consists of body identification, DNA programs, and family counseling.

The Colibri group works closely with the families of the missing or deceased immigrants. They gather the small details that usually overlooked, like watches and tattoos, and help the families create missing posters.

Mike and Jim then send this information out to the coroners and volunteers that work with people who are found at the crossing paths. This has made a significant different in the number of people who are able to be located and reconnected with their families. It also provides a sense of closure for those who lost someone.

The Colibri group also has a DNA program that they have just started implementing. Several groups of volunteers go all over the state and take DNA samples from families who are missing someone.

They then send this DNA to a respectable genetics lab, where the samples will be run against the bodies they have found at the crossing. Since there are thousands of bodies who are never identified, this will make a huge improvement in the efficiency of that process. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

It will also provide the families with relief and the knowledge of what happened to their loved one. This is more effective than body identification because the bodies that are found are sometimes in such bad condition that they cannot be identified using fingerprints or facial recognition.