In Defense of Justice; the Immigrant Defense Project and Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
September 15, 2017 — 15:46

Human rights groups world-over, are tasked with safeguarding the rights of every individual regardless of nationality, race, sex or religion. Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) is a New York based immigrant rights group, established to fight for fairness and justice.

The group is focused on transforming the racially biased US criminal justice system that has been accused in many quarters of violating basic human rights of thousands of immigrants through illegitimate convictions. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

The role played by Immigrant Defense Project has become even more pivotal in the wake of recent mass deportation of immigrants. The immigrant rights group uses well grounded impact litigation, advisory and training strategies to challenge deeply entrenched policies, laws and rhetoric that demonize immigrants. IDP attorneys have represented hundreds of litigants before the Supreme Court and Circuit Courts of Appeals.

The services are offered through the newly established Padilla Support Center and a dedicated IDP Helpline. The group also offers training, legal defenders and expert legal advice in its effort to support the course of justice.

The legal training program is divided into professional trainings, past trainings and community trainings. Professional trainings are a crucial component of legal training since it intersects Immigration and Criminal Law. Past trainings offer participants the opportunity to review past immigration policies and rulings.

The materials include immigration enforcement under the Priority Enforcement Program and the 2015 and 2016 Supreme Court Immigration decisions.

To achieve its broad aims of bringing meaningful reform in the existing immigration laws, IDP works closely with non-profit organizations, pro-bono law firms and law school clinics. The IDP Advisory Board includes MaryAnn Sung, Marianne Yang and Peter L. Markowitz.

About Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund finances organizations advocating for civil and migrant rights across Arizona. The fund was established by journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin using a $3.7 million settlement awarded to them for wrongful arrest by the then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. One of the federal government programs supported by the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

The policy was established in 2012 by President Barrack Obama to help young immigrants residing in the US, obtain work permits and avoid deportation. Over 800,000 young people have benefitted from the program, with majority using the opportunity to pursue studies.

The news that President Trump is disbanding the program was not received well by the general public. In a terse message published at on September 6, Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has castigated the decision by the president to end DACA. When news of the decision came out, citizens across the US, politicians and community and religious leaders marched in protest. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

The decision to end DACA according to the fund was made abruptly without making any necessary amends to the DREAM ACT. The decision is believed to have emanated from Right wing elements in the GOP and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The policy is expected to come to an end in 6 months.