Journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are founders of the Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice Media. On October 18, 2007, they were arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and jailed pursuant to grand jury subpoenas seeking their notes about the Sheriff. They subsequently sued the Sheriff’s department and then donated their $3.75 million settlement to the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, which distributed it to migrant rights groups in Arizona.

Although Lacey and Larkin restricted their donations to migrant organizations within Arizona, Americans throughout the country work in organizations that advocate for our most vulnerable populations. These organizations consist of volunteers donating their time, with some working for free, to uphold traditional American values. These include:

The American Civil Liberties Union, working to preserve individual rights bestowed by the Constitution.

The Anti-Defamation League, one of the nation’s largest civil rights organizations, working against anti-Semitism and racial bigotry since 1913.

Immigrant rights are advocated by a number of organizations, including:

Border Angels, an all-volunteer group supporting immigration reform and providing educational programs, centering their efforts on U.S.-Mexico border. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

The National Immigration Forum, working to help immigrants attain citizenship and find employment.

The National Immigration Law Center, fighting for immigrant legal rights.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, protecting the legal rights of isolated immigrant children.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, providing after school programs for children.

Campaign Zero, working for solutions to end violence under color of law by law enforcement.

Women’s advocacy groups, promoting reproductive rights, include the Center for Reproductive Rights,NARAL Pro-Choice America, Population Action International (PAI) and the Reproductive Health Access Project, which are non-profit political advocacy groups working to provide support for women seeking reproductive health care. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook

They are joined by Planned Parenthood, with health organizations providing safe, affordable reproductive health care and dispensing sexual health information to almost five million women, men, and teens and Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity (URGE), struggling for sexual and reproductive justice for young people in providing training and information for healthcare.

Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH), work to allow medical doctors to be more active in supporting rights for universal reproductive health.

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) works to convince medical schools to expand their reproductive-health services curriculums, including abortion, in an effort to add more abortion providers in the medical field.

Advocates for Youth is devoted to providing programs and policies that help young people make conscientious, informed decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.

Catholics for a Free Choice Offers provide support for those Catholics who believe that Catholic tradition supports a woman’s right to follow her individual conscience concerning sexuality and reproductive health. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-larkin-8a2a4213a

Other organizations working for individual rights include:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the country’s largest pro-Muslim organization, helping to insure constitutional rights for Muslims.