After their arrest by Joe Arpaio, an Arizona sheriff, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media have created a fund from their legal settlement dedicated to helping organizations for migrant rights, such as Phoenix Allies for Community Health.
The settlement of almost four million US Dollars had been reached after the two journalists had been arrested in the middle of the night by Sheriff Arpaio. The arrest was made due to the journalists revealing grand jury proceedings which were seeking reporters’ notes regarding articles covering Arpaio and the controversies surrounding him.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was founded shortly after their legal settlement in order to support other advocates for migrant, and human rights, as well as civic participation and freedom of speech.
Providing Aid to Migrants Through PACH
Phoenix Allies for Community Health is a nonprofit organization led entirely by volunteers. Their mission is to provide free healthcare to undocumented immigrants as well as refugees and the poor working-class who are uninsured, or unable to get care elsewhere.
Their clinic in west Phoenix tends to more than thirty patients each week, while their volunteer physician assistants and nurses with bilingual experience also conduct a large number of regular house calls.
The organization allows those who are uninsured to obtain early and inexpensive treatment in order to help prevent more severe issues from appearing in the future. These services benefit both the patients as well as their families significantly, as well as saving hospitals a significant amount of money. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/
Their staff specializes in addressing all the physical as well as emotional needs of their patients, frequently spending an hour with each of them in order to do so.
With the many challenges faced by undocumented immigrants, from exploitation by employers or workplace harassment to deportation hearings, each patient requires a comprehensive and complex level of care that simply isn’t available anywhere else. Phoenix Allies for Community Health seeks to provide that care in addition to their standard medical care.
In addition to standard medical care, PACH seeks to educate the community as well as their patients on important health issues. The organization also offers important tests such as blood work or EKGs onsite, saving their patients the trouble of having to take time away from work in order to travel to a separate facility.
In many cases, those who are uninsured or undocumented will often put off visits to a doctor’s office due to many factors, including lack of money, fear of deportation, or simply the language barrier. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
This can mean that those who are uninsured and have problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol may suffer from their worsening condition until such a time as they’re brought to the ER with a life-threatening condition such as a stroke or heart attack.
Phoenix Allies for Community Health understands the needs of the undocumented immigrant community and seeks to help them to receive adequate medical care. Even with their tight budget, their level of care often exceeds that of the average public clinic.
However, the funding which is being provided by donors and funds such as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund provides them with a significant amount of aid.