Overview of the Border Action Network and Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund Immigrant Programs

The Border Action Network is a leading human rights advocacy group serving border communities throughout Arizona.

Established in 1999, the community based organization activities are grounded on a strong grassroots leadership and organization and targets marginalized, criminalized and militarized immigrants along with border communities.

The organization’s mission is to advance equality, understanding, justice and dignity among humans from varied sexual orientation, religion, race and country of origin.

Border Action Network also acts as an ombudsman, by connecting immigrants with policy makers at all levels of governance, from the state to the national government. Border Action Network is well-versed with the abuses and human rights violations meted on immigrant communities by local Customs and Border Protection agency officers.

To counter these transgressions, the organization has raised many queries regarding the inhumanity of the immigrant enforcement officers at the border with higher authorities and taken legal action in certain cases.

One other big challenge faced by the organization in its resolve to ensure just, healthy and vibrant immigrant and border communities is the management and care of immigrants.

The most vulnerable group are unaccompanied minors from unstable countries in Central America. The minors are often held at the National Placement centers where they receive shelter and other basic assistance.

The Executive Director of the Group is Juanita Molina, a highly experienced community organizer who has served with various organizations, especially those with strong links to Latino communities in Arizona.

About Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund was established to support various immigrant causes in the state of Arizona. The fund was established by two seasoned journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larking following their unlawful arrest.

Lacey and Larkin, who are also the Cofounders of the Phoenix based, Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media were accused of revealing the existence of a secret grand jury formed to seek reporter’s articles covering Maricopa County Sheriff Joe. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

After a court action against the county, the journalists received a sum of $3.75 million in settlement money. The settlement was awarded by a judge sitting in the US Courts of Appeal for the 9th Circuit.

In their continued efforts to report the plight of immigrant communities across Arizona, Laceyandlarkinfronterafund.com reported in mid June, that a new bill may make corrupt border patrol officers even more corrupted.

The evidence is brought to light by a recent raid by Border Patrol Agents to an aid camp operated by non-profit organization, No More Deaths that is based in Southern Arizona. The group helps immigrants who cross the border by providing shelter, food and medicine.

The group decried continued raids by Border Patrol Agents, whom they accused of threatening their volunteers with felonies, even though they are simply providing life saving assistance. Immigrant groups feared that Border Patrol Agents will become more ruthless with the passage of Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act on June 7.

The bill aims to lower the thresholds for Customs and Border Protection previously enacted in the more accommodating Anti-Border Corruption Act of 2010.

Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

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