In the year 2007, there was an event that took place which changed their lives completely. The two journalists have had a great set back in their lives but this was a turning point in their lives. It took a very long time for their cases to be answered but their time came for them to be listened to.
The event paved way for the famous Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund which was located in the United States of America and helped by funding various groups that fought and campaigned for the rights of the immigrants. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
The cause of arrest was that they had published an article at Village Voice Media that touched on the behavior of Joe Arpaio who used to be the Maricopa County boss. Joe Arpaio had a bad record of oppressing the people who stood with the immigrants.
Larkin and Lacey used the newspaper to fight for the rights of the immigrants since the year 1971. They have always been on the frontline ensuring that all undocumented citizens especially those from the Spanish world are treated well.
The two journalists were from the Hispanic community and happened to have had the largest number of immigrants at Arizona in the United States. Arizona is located at the Mexican border and thus the route for all the immigrants from Mexico and other Spanish speaking communities.
Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey were in their media backgrounds and have for so many years been ion the media fields and have a lot of experience in dealing with people. Their career work is based in Phoenix.
One day when they published an article that touched on the abuse of office by Joe Arpaio. They didn’t know that things would get into that worst situation when they were kidnapped from their homes and later were detained in separate cells. They were being questioned about the people who read their online newspapers. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter
Later their cases were thrown out by the county attorney, Thomas Andrew. They later had to seek legal interpretation regarding what they thought was an unlawful arrest. They decided to go back to court and sued Joe Arpaio, Wilenchick and also the County Attorney.
The case took more than five years and in 2012, the judges argued that there was no proper consultation before the arrest. They ordered a settlement of $3.75 million to the two journalists. This was enough capital for Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.