The Selfless Gesture Of Jim Larkin And Michael Lacey

As much as efforts are being made to eliminate the issue, human rights are being abused in every part of the world in different ways. Things would have been much worse if not for the emergence of different groups of selfless people that have been fighting against abuse of human rights. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund

The founders and members of some of these groups need to be appreciated and recognized all the time so as to motivate them even more. They dissipate not only their time, but also their hard earned money into the cause. A very good example is the Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin that were settled with the sum of $3.75million for being unlawfully arrested on October 18, 2007 by Joe Arpaio, the then Maricopa County Sheriff. They are Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

Being unlawfully arrested isn’t why they are celebrated but the fact that they dedicated their settlement to fund migrant rights organizations all over Arizona. What a selfless gesture that should be emulated. The two of them were whisked away from their homes in the middle of the night like common criminals and they were jailed. The fund is meant to support different groups that advocate for migrant, human and civil rights in Arizona.

One of the groups that have been advocating for civil and migrant rights is American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU of Arizona). The group was established in 1959 and it has successfully defended the right of minorities several times. One of such cases is the overturning of the state law that banned multi-racial marriages in 1960.

The group also led the defense of Ernesto Miranda, a laborer who was convicted of rape without convincing evidence. He was only convicted based on his confession to the police. The police obviously misconstrued the confession. The case earned Arizona police some serious warning that they must always read before interrogating criminal suspects

The group initiated a lawsuit in 2007. It is the famous case of Melendres V. Arpaio. ACLU also secured a federal judge ruling to install a monitor in the office of Sheriff Joe Arpaio to contain his racially biased and unconstitutional policing.

Another notable feat achieved by ACLU is defending the rights of free speech of day laborers. It also won a highly celebrated case that resulted in the repeal of an unconstitutional law denying bail to immigrants. Another feat worthy of mention is its being a member of the legal team that challenged the Arizona law that stipulates that working with fake documents is a deportable offence. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

In a bid to intensify and consolidate their efforts, ACLUs of San Diego and Arizona combined forces to work more on Border Litigation. The merger was done in 2013. The worrisome number of cases of constitutional violations along the border necessitated the merger. Later, the merger was extended to New Mexico and Texas.

It is noteworthy that ACLU achieved so many legal feats in its cause. The few cases mentioned above were just randomly chosen. They are just a small fraction of ACLU’s achievements. Not everybody can be a member of the group but everyone can contribute his or her own quota in funding the group. They obviously need funds to carry out more legal defense.