The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is an organization that has played a significant role in the sentencing that Joe Arpaio was given in October last year. The organization was founded by two newsmen – Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who wanted to bring justice to Arpaio for all the wrongful acts that he had committed. Since the organization was first founded, it has made an incredible contribution to the movement against Arpaio and the system that works to wrongfully protect people like him.
The incident that sparked the idea to start up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund began in Arizona, where Lacey and Larkin were working as writers of a local newspaper. Being vigilant citizens, they wanted to enlighten the population about the atrocities that were being committed by Arpaio. Exactly a day after the article was published in the newspaper, Lacey and Larkin both got an unexpected visit from gang members who Arpaio was in collaboration with. Both men were forcefully taken from their homes and put into a van with tinted windows. In spite of repeatedly asking, they were not told what they were being made for, even though they both knew what the reason truly was. Lacey and Larkin were thereon kept in holding facilities by Arpaio for forty-eight hours with the intention of teaching them a lesson. After their release, they realized that if they wanted Arpaio to serve time for the numerous acts that he was committing, they would have to take matters into their own hands. They decided to press a suit against Arpaio, which culminated in a settlement after five long years.
During this five years, Lacey and Larkin persevered to see Arpaio just the rightful justice that he deserved. However, their fight was not over when the settlement was given, which is why the duo decided to use the money to start up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Over the next few years, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin worked to put together a good plan of action that would help them achieve their goal.
As the case against Arpaio dragged on, more and more evidence started coming to light about the atrocities that he was committing. One of the biggest things that agitated people all over the country was the discrimination against people of the Latin American community, along with other wrongdoings like false arrests, bribery and the conditions that he kept his prisons in.