Migrants deserve care and protection
During the long trips and fights that refugees face when they are seeking safety are traumatizing and oppressing to even remember. There is a need for these refugees to find people who relate to share experiences and life events with as they encourage each other towards a better future.
The heartaches and scars of the journey are painful to remember. The Owl & Panther, Tucson provides a safe space for the refugees to express themselves through expressive arts. These arts help in bringing out the strengths of the refugees. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
Most of the volunteers in this organization were refugees at some point in their lives which makes it more comforting for the new refugees who are seeking help in the organization.
This group is the baby of the Hopi Foundation’s Center for Prevention and Resolution of Violence which is also an organization that assists refugees who are poor, having family problems and are experiencing any sort of pain.
At the border of Mexico and America, there is a government office that is placed there to ask for passports from anyone crossing over. A few steps away from that office, there is another initiative going on. The initiative is known as the Kino Border Initiative.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey provide meals and clothes for the refugees and people who have been deported at the border. They understand the hardships of the migrants and work to make sure they provide the support they can for them. They work with the No More Deaths Organization for communication with migrant families. They also work with the Samaritans, for clothing, to provide the necessary support to these migrants and deported people.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey also joined the list of people who own organizations that offer support to the migrants after their arrest. Lacey and Larkin had a strong history of working together as business partners. It was worrisome for the public that the two had been arrested due to publishing an article they had written.
The Sherriff, Joe, who led the arrest of these two was a renowned anti-immigrant in Arizona at the time. After they were arrested and detained for no proper reason, they sued and were paid a sum of 3.75 million dollars in 2013 by the Maricopa County.
The money was channeled towards funding organizations that stood for the rights of immigrants, promoted the freedom of speech and civic acts through the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.
They have since funded several organizations including the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, which is an organization fighting for the educational rights of undocumented students.
The Frontera Fund has further been used to support other organizations supporting the civic and human rights of the immigrants such as Aliento, The Young Center, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Tucson Samaritans and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals among others in the United States of America.
The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund has benefited various organizations fight for what they believe in and this has been a great boost to the migrant’s rights and empowerment. The Fund is determined to keep fighting for better lives for the migrants.