The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund’s Quest for Protected Human Rights

A peculiar background story revolves around the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The Fund, which solely exists to put the authorities in constant legal and political problems, was inspired by none other than one of the sheriffs who administered the then great country, Mr. Arpiao. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin caused the end of that cross sheriff who had detained them.

The two, who happen to be veteran journalists, sued the state for wrongful detention, losing and appealing till they finally got to the 19th court hearings at the Supreme Court. They won the case and were awarded 3.7 million dollars as compensation for the infringement of their rights. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

Ultimately, the sheriff’s action inspired the two litigants to finance other such litigation against not just the county but the rest of the United States as well. To do it legally, they opened the Michael and Jim to create the awareness that rights;

  • are expensive,
  • should be universal
  • should be equal
  • should not be abused
  • should be fought for, in their case, sued for

Mr. Arpaio failed the administration he served when he misguidedly arrested the two illegally. The arrests majorly revolved around a personal feud among the three parties. The officer had been exposed to other criminal activities he had been perpetrating without consent from the government. The veteran journalists had exposed him off;

  • Abusing his mandate to use violent reasonably to subdue resisted arrest
  • Mistreating the persons, he took to county jails
  • Being racist towards the Hispanic community

The court declared the arrest conducted by the sheriff to be without probable cause. The two, amused by the fact that government could lose in court, decided to set up the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. The Fund primarily benefited the Hispanic community who had been getting a rough time enjoying their rights as immigrants.The fund also issued financial and legal support to other civil and human rights groups, societies and organizations pursuing the same cause as for them. Learn more about Michael Lacey: and

Indeed in the United States are numerous societies and unions that put in concerted efforts in assisting migrants facing discrimination across all America to defend their rights. The American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU)is one of the most vibrant of these societies. Its efforts standout since decades ago.

It has dispensed litigation assistance for immigrants who endure unfair legal persecution. The Union also collects, documents, and exposes all cases possible involving discrimination against the 41 million immigrants. According to the Unions website, 83 percent of these immigrants get deported without due process.

The organizations selectively determine the most critical cases to facilitate in litigation to draw certain lines and outlaw the denial of immigrants voice and indefinite detention. Such organizations include the Puente Arizona. The Puente Arizona approaches these kinds of cases even more strategically. It profiles them for the use of either;

  • Open-hand policy
  • Closed-fist policy.

The closed fist is often reserved for special draconian laws and infringements involving especially detention and deportation.

Thor Halvorssen the human rights champion

Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan human right activist also known as Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza. Thor is also a film producer with major contributions and attributes in various fields of public interest advocacy, civil liberties, individual rights as well as public policy. Thor also contributes to pro-democracy advocacy.In August 2007, Thor was described by the New York Times as a maverick; they further stated him as an individual who champions the underdog and the powerless. He is also a writer and writes for Forbes magazine and is a columnist at the left-leaning Huffington Post.His opinions have featured regularly on various platforms.

Thor founded Oslo Freedom Foundation (OFF). It is a foundation that hosts a transformative annual conference. Devoted human rights advocates, technology entrepreneurs, activists and various world leaders meet and engage in a discussion to brainstorm and share their stories and experience. The leaders also have a chance to discussing multiple ways of expanding freedom and also unleash human potential all over the world.The Economists describe the foundation as the spectacular human rights festival and further stated that the foundation soon it will be a human-rights equivalent to Davos economic forum.

Thor Halvorssen is also the president of Human Rights Foundation (HRF). HRF is a non-profit organization that is devoted to protecting and promoting human rights across the globe. The team is most focused on closed societies. Therefore the nonpartisan Foundation contributes towards uniting people with a common cause of defending and protecting human rights.The HRF also is committed to supporting liberal democracy. The mission of the foundation is to ensure that freedom is promoted and equally preserved across the world. HRF under the leadership of Thor Halvorssen focuses on establishing ideals for various human rights movements.Thor was born in Venezuela and is a descendant of the first president Cristobal Mendoza. His father Thor HalvorssenHellum also served as an ambassador for anti-Narcotic affairs in Venezuela and also as a special overseas investigator. Thor graduated from the University of Pennsylvania; he also attended Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa where he studied History and Political Science concurrently.