The co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media are Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. Larking and Lacey are two journalists who asserted their first ammendment rights through out their professional journalism careers. Michasel and Jim revealed the existence of grand jury cases that that seeked jouranlists notes on articles that were about sheriff Joe Arpaio. They also revealed that there were grand jury subpoenas seeking citizens identies who read online New York Times articles about Sheriff Joe.
Jim and Michael were removed from their houses in the middle of the night and encarcerated on October 18, 2007. They sued the county and won in the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey reached a settlement of $3.75 million.
Joe and Michael decided to dedicate their settle money towards Arizona organizations that focus on migrant rights. They also support groups who are involved in freedom of speech rights, human rights and civil rights. Additionally, Larking and Lacey are supporting the coverage of hispanic issues in Arizona by creating a Borderlands Issues Chair. This Chair is located at Arizona State University within the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
In addition to the Larkin and Lacey Frontery Fund there are many civil rights, human rights and migrant rights groups in nearly every large city across the United States. The groups constantly fight for those who have no voice or do not know how to stand up for themselves. In Minneapolis Minnesota The Advocates For Human Rights Group is an organization that creates and maintains holistic change on a local and global scale. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
For over thirty years they have changed the lives of refugees, women, immigrants and religious minorities. The Advocates For Human Rights Group trains groups of volunteers on how to protect those who have had their human rights violated. Founded in 1983 they are an independent, nonpartisan non-profit organization.
The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is comprised of many agencies that are working together to promote human border patrol practices and volunteer based training to help educate people about advocacy tools.
The South Texas Human Rights Center is a humanitarian organization that is a community based center that seeks an end to suffering and death along the Texas-Mexico border.
No More Deaths, based out of Arizona, is a humanitarian organization that encourages humane immigrant policies. The Desert Angels are based in San Diego, California. This binational humanitarian group conducts search and rescue operations. Desert Angels also leave supplies along trails for Mexican repatriations.
Also based out of San Diego California is the American Friends Service Committee. AFSC developes human rights committees and encourage immigrants voices to be heard at policy debates. The Mexico border program established by AFSC seeks to protect human rights of immigrants living along the United States and Mexico border.
In addition to border rights groups there are human and civil rights groups located in all major cities across the United States seeking volunteers and action.