The human rights activism community has recently been seeing some major changes as an influx of new members enter the world of the human and civil rights area, which has often been seen as an area for only a small number of people to become involved in. group like the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund are focusing their attention on the growing number of human rights abuses taking place in the U.S. and across the world, which have received far more attention in the mainstream and non-traditional press than they did in the past; the Internet and social media platforms are making major changes to the access millions of people across the planet have to the world of human rights activism.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were two well known journalists and newspaper owners who were well known for their high level of expertise in investigative journalism, which eventually led them to investigate the work of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and face the ire of both local law enforcement officials and local court districts; among the human rights abuses Larkin & Lacey faced were their own illegal detention and a fight against the relaease of Internet records detailing the names of those who accessed Online stories about the Maricopa Sheriff.
Following the imprisonment of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin the pair were awarded over $3 million in damages for their detention, which they used to establish the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund; the Frontera Fund remains an important part of the daily workings of many groups who are part of the human rights activism community in Arizona and across the U.S. Mexican border.
The fund has become an important resource supporting a number of areas of work for groups that are fighting to support the rights of documented and undocumented immigrants; a further area of concern has recently been the suppression of voting rights among immigrants who are often the target of restrictive laws regarding identification and realigning voting districts.
The right to vote has become a contentious issue for many human rights groups, such as the Open Society Foundations, which has set out to make sure all voters have access to their vote no matter what their ethnic background may be. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/
Activists are given the financial backing of the Open Society Foundations, which in turn is supported by Hungarian World War II Holocaust survivor and hedge fund billionaire George Soros.
The Open Society Foundations has worked with many different groups to ensure as many minority and Hispanic voters are registered to vote as possible and actually attend voting locations during 21ts century elections.