The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was founded in 2007 but Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Jim and Michael are lifelong journalists and protectors of their first amendment right. They were arrested by the Maricopa Country Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, after they released some information about him. The two men were taken from their homes and detained unfairly.
They decided to sue the county and after nine circuits in the United States Court of Appeals, they won a settlement of over $3 million. Jim and Michael decided that they wanted to help other people who’s rights had also been violated.
That is why they decided to create the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund and dedicate the money they earned in the court settlement to helping human, civil, and migrant rights groups in the Arizona area. Since they are based in Phoenix, Michael and Jim are particularly involved in immigration rights along the United States and Mexico border.
They are working to bring light to the border killings that are becoming increasingly common. Michael and Jim are also co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.
One of the groups that is funded by the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is the Colibri Center for Human Rights. They were actually one of the first organizations to receive the support of the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund. Larkin and Larcey are based in Tucson, Arizona and are a family advocacy program that is also nonprofit.
They are mainly focused on the United States and Mexico border. They come at the issue from a human rights perspective, because the natural rights of these immigrants are being violated every day. They have three main programs that they run through their system.
One of the main things that they focus on is to build a bridge between the gap between the families of missing people and the medical examiners that work on the bodies. The Colibri group meets with families who are missing someone and help them create detailed missing persons reports. These reports go into the details that are usually not recorded.
Some examples of the information they gather are defining tattoos, belt buckles, and watches. They then provide the medical examiners with this information. This has proven successful and led to an increase in the number of bodies that are identified. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin and https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53
The Colibri group is also beginning a revolutionary new DNA program. Since many of the dead migrants are found in harsh desert conditions, they often cannot be identified using the regular methods like photo identification and fingerprint matching. As a result, Colibri is gathering DNA samples from the families of missing people.
They deliver these samples to a genetics lab which then compares that DNA to the DNA that was gathered from the bodies. This will allow them to identify a much larger number of bodies. This will provide relief to the families who are left wondering what happened to their loved one. In addition, the Colibri group also provides services for the families and gives them the opportunity to connect and grief together.
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