What CLINIC and Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund are doing to Advance Immigrant and Civil Rights

Religious organizations worldwide, including the Catholic Church have not been left behind in the push to entrench justice and the rights of immigrants. The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC (CLINIC) mission is embracing the Gospel value of welcoming strangers (immigrants) by upholding their dignity and protecting their rights. The organization’s national offices are located in Silver Spring, Maryland.

CLINIC runs several programs designed to empower the immigrant population. The public awareness and training program is conducted through in-person training, webinars and e-learning. The training aims to educate immigrants about immigration law, new developments in the law and procedure along with teaching legal skills.

Immigrants are also taught how to manage their immigration legal services programs on a wide array of issues, including family based immigration and grounds of admissibility. The rights organization passion to help immigrants has been boosted by the presence of close to 300 affiliates strewn across 46 states in the US, including Washington DC and Puerto Rico.

The list of affiliates includes the Abundant Life Ministries of Pembroke, FL; ACCESS of Western New York, based in Lackawanna, NY and Alabama’s Catholic Social Services of Mobile and the Hispanic Catholic Social Services in Homewood.

The affiliates working with CLINIC are always looking for persons committed to protect the rights of immigrants and their dignity. To this end, the organization periodically announces jobs and internships needed to strengthen its hands.

Some of the most sought after skills include that of Immigration Paralegal, Immigration Rights Attorney, Legal Assistant and Program Directors. Immigrants and members of the public can also visit CLINIC’s website to check out the comprehensive database resource detailing various human rights issues. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

The bulletins cover unaccompanied immigrant children, comprehensive immigration reform, citizenship and Catholic Social Training among other issues. Well meaning organizations that share CLINIC’s dreams and aspirations can channel their support to the organization through the extensive affiliate program.

About Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund

The Cofounders of the Phoenix, Arizona based Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, Mr. Michael Lacey and Mr. Jim Larkin established Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund to support civil, human and migrant rights groups in Arizona. The fund also supports freedom of speech. The proceeds used to establish the fund came from a $3.7 million settlement the journalists received following their wrongful arrest on October 2007 by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona.

Lacey and Larkin were accused on the count of revealing the existence of a grand jury collecting reporter’s notes covering the Sheriff. On February 2017, Laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org revisited Sheriff Arpaio dark past by reporting on the appeals court’s decision to reject several bids requesting qualified immunity by law enforcement officers who served under the Sheriff.

The requests pertain to the brutal death of Ernest Atencio, a 44 year old US Army veteran who died in 2011 from excessive use of force by officers at the notorious MCSO Fourth Avenue Jail. Attorney Mike Manning represented the Atencio family in the case presided by District Judge Paul Rosenblatt in 2015.

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Front Page Confidential Covers Cosmo’s Removal from Walmart – Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s new Newspaper

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin may be best known for their encounter with Joe Arpaio, but their most noble efforts have arisen from two organizations. After they were awarded 3.7 million dollars for an illegal arrest committed by Joe Arpaio.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were the owners of the Phoenix New Times at the time of the incident. Joe Arpaio decided to violate their first amendment rights when, for no other reason than their newspaper’s contents, he arrested them. It took many years of civil action to finally get their justice, but in 2013 they were awarded their settlement.

They immediately created The Frontera Fund. It is a charitable organization that works with a large number of peers in the Arizona area. Due to the immoral behavior of Joe Arpaio regarding immigrants, The Frontera Fund has decided to help Latinos in Arizona. They donate their time and effort primarily to charities that help Latinos, but they also donate money to charities like the ACLU, which are active nationwide.

A few years later came a brand new newspaper called Front Page Confidential. Here is where Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin continue where they left off at the Phoenix New Times. Most of Front Page Confidential’s content concerns politics, but they also cover human, civil, migrant, and female rights.

Recently, Front Page Confidential covered the story of Wal-Mart removing Cosmo from its shelves.

Front Page Confidential talked about the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and how they are praising Walmart for their decision to remove Cosmo Magazine from its stores.

Walmart’s decision to remove the magazine from its shelves is a result of the #MeToo movement.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is also fighting for the passage of the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, which has passed through Congress and goes into effect once the President signs it.