Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Advocates of Civil, Human and Migrant Rights
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are considered to be modern day champions of civil, human and migrant rights. The duo who resides in the state of Arizona has helped thousands of people who are fleeing the poverty stricken and drug war ravaged countries in Central and South America.
The two has a private fund named Frontera Fund, which they use to help individuals who cross the border with the United States for the first time, and those who do not have the appropriate documents for immigration. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin believe that it is their duty as human beings to help people who wanted to immigrate into the United States to have a comfortable life.
Michael and Jim are good friends since their college days. Before graduating from the university that they were attending, the two decided to establish a publications company, alongside some of their classmates. The publication company was named The Phoenix New Times, and it became an instrument to deliver news to the citizens of Phoenix, and it also turned into a public service medium.
Over the years, the Phoenix New Times was regarded as the leading newspaper in the city of Phoenix, and their newspaper has been a tool to showcase expose. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin became the editors in chief of the newspaper as time went by, and they became investigative journalists in their own right.
The two had great working relationship and they managed to lead their business to grow further. The two are living the life of their dreams, until an unfaithful event in 2007 which changed the way they look at things.
In 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin made an article about the issue with the Maricopa County sheriff who was believed to be taking part in shady transactions with real estate developers, and this issue came into the knowledge of the county attorney who suggested that the Maricopa County sheriff can be arrested for what he has done.
There were a series of hearings for the Maricopa County sheriff’s case, and the jury came into a decision as to how he will be punished. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin posted this news worthy article on their website, and then they were arrested the next day because of the accusation that the decision of the jury was leaked by them, and that the private address of the Maricopa County sheriff was posted on the website without his permission.
After the arrest, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had to attend their court hearings, and the Maricopa County sheriff wanted the duo to erase all of the information they posted online. The mass media companies in the city of Phoenix have shown their solidarity to the two by posting the same information on their websites.
Later that day, the judge holding their case stated that there is no solid proof to the accusations made against Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin and they set them free. The two filed their own lawsuit against the Maricopa County sheriff and was given $3.75 million for the damages.