No More Deaths and Its Association to the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund

No More Deaths is an activist group located in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona which focuses on ending human suffering through the provision of humanitarian aid to migrants crossing the desert bordering the United States and Mexico. The volunteers of the program allocate water, food, and medical supplies to the migrants and also aid those that have been deported from the U.S.

The group was established in 2004 by Catholic Bishop Gerald, Kicanas, Presbyterian minister John Fife and other Jewish leaders. During the years 2000-2005, the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office recovered approximately 160 bodies annually, a number that had increased from 14 per year in the 1990s. This prompted the founders to do something to end those deaths, and No More Deaths was created. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-larkin-8a2a4213a

The advocacy group has carried out several projects since its founding to aid the different forms of suffering triggered by recent policies towards immigration and border control. Firstly, the program has an all year round humanitarian presence in the south-western Arizona desert. The volunteers follow the trails leaving the water, food, medical aids, blankets, and socks.

Secondly, No More Deaths offers phone calls and first aid assistance in the Northern Sonora to those deported and northbound refugees. They also offer an informal cheque cashing for those deported with uncashable prison check. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

Thirdly, the volunteers of the program broadcast abuse, mistreatment, and neglect that the detainees undergo through during their border patrol confinement. In total, the organization has published three reports including A Culture of Cruelty (2011), Crossing the Line (2008), and Shakedown (2014).

No more Deaths also help imprisoned refugees and their families to recover personal belongings from the US Border Patrol that would otherwise be lost. In collaboration with the Missing Migrant Project of La Coalicion de Derechos Humanos, the volunteers respond to emergency calls and arrange for search groups in events when the Border Patrol local enforcement fails to respond.

About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

The Lacey and Frontera Fund is a charitable foundation that advocates for civil, human and migrants rights in Arizona. It was founded by Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin after they encountered a violation of their human rights.

On the night of October 18, 2007, Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested by Joe Arpaio, one of the most ruthless sheriffs in the United States. Arpaio has been associated with many human rights defilements, racial profiling and power abuse which include unlawful incarceration of Latinos, abuse, and murders of inmates, and vengeful abuse of power on his critics like in Lacey and Larkin’s scenario.

One time he was featured on Phoenix New Times which is owned by Lacey and Larkin, and it documented his power abuse where he used his connections to the Maricopa’s County AG office to summon writers, editors, and readers of the newspaper.

This was the incident that prompted Arpaio to apprehend the duo; however, after a public intervention, the two were released, and all charges were dismissed. After a successful litigation for infringement of their First Amendment Rights, Lacey and Larkin were accorded a settlement of $ 3.7 million. The Frontera Fund resulted from the settlement money and has since funded so many other similar organizations.