The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was created by journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin to support migrant rights organizations in Arizona. Lacey and Larkin, co-founders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, used the $3.75 million settlement that resulted from their arrest on October 18, 2007 by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to launch this fund.
In 2007, the two journalists were taken from their homes in the middle of the night and jailed after revealing the existence of grand jury proceedings that sought reporters’ notes on articles covering the Sheriff. Even more startling were the grand jury subpoenas that demanded the identities of citizens who read New Times stories online that involved Arpaio. Lacey and Larkin, who’d spent their careers asserting and defending their First Amendment rights, sued the county, ultimately prevailing in the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit.
In 2014, the Colibrí Center for Human Rights became one of the first organizations to be supported by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. We are grateful for and excited about this partnership.
Website: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund