A $3.75 Million Donation Energizes Immigrant Protection Campaigns

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The Colibrí Center for Human Rights

The number of unauthorized migrants entering the U.S continues to dwindle. However, migrant death rates remain high. The United States southern border is famous for inhabiting unidentified migrant remains. Learn more about Michael Lacey and James Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin

Many migrants die from hunger, diseases, and injuries as they escape border police. These migrants use the treacherous terrains to avoid capture. Families of migrants who die as they struggle to make into the U.S never find out what happened to their children, parents, brothers, or sisters.


The Colibrí Center for Human Rights, an organization that employs science in the identification of dead bodies seeks to help such families with information about their loved ones. The center created the Missing Migrant Project to ensure that these remains are returned to their families, which is their right. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

Migrant Lives Matter

Firstly, the Center talks to families to obtained detailed forensic reports about the dead or missing person. Secondly, they coordinate with nonprofit organizations and forensic anthologists for additional information.

Thirdly, they gather, input, and track data on the dead and missing individuals on the U.S- Mexico border. Finally, they help medical examiners identify the remains, which are then returned to their families.

American Immigration Council

This is a body based out in Washington D.C. The group came together to honor migrant history in the country by shaping how the American population act towards migrants.

They teach the American people the role that migrants have played and continue to play towards the development of the rich American culture. Lacey and Larkin do so by organizing educational programs and sometimes exchange programs.

They have put in place legal and policy frameworks that foster humane immigration policies, achieve justice for immigrants under the law, and ensure immigration laws honor constitutional mandates as well as human rights.


Working on such issues is difficult at times because of a lack of information. In the case of American Immigration Council, they work with the American Immigration Lawyers Association who informs them of abuses.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Recently, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media boosted the efforts of these immigrant organizations by donating to them $3.75 million.

The donation arises from the two media guru’s arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio on October 18, 2007. The money goes towards helping civil, human, and migrant rights organizations on the Mexican border.