Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the co-founders of the New Times & Voice Media have dedicated the settlement money that they have received through a lawsuit they won that resulted in the arrest these two journalists by the local Sherriff Joe Arpaio to help fund any cause or charity that helps further the causes of the voice of immigrants in the community throughout their home state of Arizona.
The $3.75 million settlement was the result of their unjustified arrest that occurred back on October 28th, 2007 by the Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio. Lacey and Larkin ended up spending less than 24 hours in jail as the national outcry against their unjust arrest was so loud that the county couldn’t even take the pressure. Lacey and Larkin vowed that their arrest would not go unnoticed, and they worked even harder than before to raise immigrant rights awareness more than they ever had before.
This arrest happened as the two journalists were in their home on the night of October 28th, and were taken from their homes and then consequently jailed. The journalists proceeded to reveal the existing of grand jury proceedings to press a lawsuit against Joe Arpaio for their unjustified arrests, and the journalists were deemed justified in their lawsuit by that selected jury.
The findings were that the appropriate legal actions were not taken when the two journalists were arrested, and therefore the police had no rights to arrest these two journalists especially out of their own homes on their private property. In the end, they were arrested without probable cause, which made their arrest something that was unjustified to the way the legal system works.
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin pressed a lawsuit because they felt they were arrested in an unjust manner. They are two journalists who work mostly on independent projects that helped defend people’s First Amendment Rights. Lacey and Larkin defend what they call “la linea fronteriza” which is the border between Mexico and Arizona. They protect people’s rights to enter as they please and to ensure that they are treated appropriately when they enter the US.
The money that Lacey and Larkin received from their settlement will go to support organizations that support these immigrants’ rights. Some of these organizations include the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, the Arizona Justice Project, the Can The Boarder Divide Us?, the Center for Neighborhood Leadership, the Justice for Immigrants & Families Projects, the Justice that Works, the Promise Arizona, and The Young Center just to name a few.