When you wrong an American, be sure that he will likely sue you and demand for damages. This is what Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey did when they were wronged by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The two gentlemen are famous for their role with Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times where they are recognized as the owners.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is from Maricopa County in Arizona. Ten years ago, the sheriff ordered Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin to be arrested for printing some information about him in their media outlets.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had printed grand jury proceeding of the sheriff on 18th October 2007. They were arrested the same night without a warrant or probable cause. To make matters worse, they were arrested in the middle of the night. The two gentlemen were also ordered by the Sherriff to name some of the readers that accessed the material.
The readers were subpoenaed to appear in a court. During the ruling in which the three gentlemen were awarded a settlement of $3.75, the awarding judge noted that the police and the sheriff had violated the first amendment rights provided to these gentlemen by the Constitution.
The ruling was made by the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit. This is not the first time that the sheriff is accused of denying people their rights. In the past, the sheriff has been accused of turning a blind eye on the plights that face the immigrants.
Instead, he has been accused of making life difficult for the immigrants by encouraging women rape and child molestation. After the announcement, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin mentioned that they would use the fund with the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This is an organization that is focused on fighting for the rights of the immigrants in the United States of America.
The Human Rights Foundation is another organization that focuses on protecting the rights of the oppressed across the globe. The organization was established in the year 2005 by a Venezuelan born human rights advocate known as Thor Halvorssen. At the moment, the organization is headquartered from New York City. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
Some of the countries that the organization has had some influence on include Venezuela, Uganda, Swaziland, Russia, Pakistan and Panama. The organization has also established its network in North Korea, Haiti, Dominican Republic as well as Bolivia, China and Ecuador.
Notable human rights activists who have been involved with the Human Rights Foundation include Vladimir Bukovsky, Mart Laar as well as Harry Wu and Park Sang Hak. Their funding comes from rich individuals in the US and across the globe. Some the rich people who fund the organization include Kelsey Grammer, Bill Browder and Steve Pinker.