Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin are two individuals who are working to help all those who have had wrongful convictions put upon them. They are the founders of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which is an organization that funds people who belong to the Hispanic community in the United States. Since its inception, the foundation has helped numerous people, helping them seek their proper justice.
In America, a lot of people have to face discrimination on a day to day basis because of individual differences that may or may not necessarily define them. For some reason, certain members of society see others as inferior to them, because of certain characteristics that make them different from them.
Discrimination by nationality is something that happens on a regular basis but is something no one should be proud of. Discrimination against a citizen of the country, either emotionally or physically, is punishable by law. But what happens when the people who are supposed to protect the people and enforce these laws are the ones who are committing the hate crimes in the first place.
Almost everyone belonging to a minority community in the country has experienced some or the other form of discrimination. Even if it is as simple as someone calling you a racial slur on the street, it is still acting on hate crimes against a race. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Michael Larcey | Crunchbase
However, more often than not, when a dangerous situation of a hate crime arises, people don’t have the means to be able to stand on their own two feet and fight the people who are causing this to them.
It’s even worse if the people creating this are big influential members of the judicial system, like in the case of Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin. Lucky for them, they had the means to be able to fight the battle and take down one of the most well-known sheriffs in the country at the time, but a lot of people aren’t as privileged as them.
Lacey and Larkin, therefore, decided that it was time to do their bit for the Hispanic community, and give people the tools to help them win the fight against racial discrimination.
Just like how landmark events have an impetus, the formation of this organization too was a result of something that Lacey and Larkin had to experience on a first-hand basis. Living in Arizona, they were writers at a media agency and regularly wrote about judicial systems and the criminals that were being caught in the state.
Joe Arpaio was, of course, a well-known figure to them at the time, because he had put so many illegal immigrants away in the state of Arizona. But a lot of these people claimed actually to be innocent of the crimes, and people started suspecting Joe Arpaio of being a person who was taking out his racial hatred on them.
After the report was published, Lacey and Larkin were arrested and had to fight a court case, which they eventually won, all because of their writing.