LGBTQ Support Group In Arizona Helps Undocumented Workers

A nonprofit group that calls itself Trans Queer Pueblo is an innovative organization working to make the world a better, more welcoming and safer place for migrants and undocumented worker who identify themselves as LGBTQ. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/about/ and http://james-larkin.com/

The goal of the organization is to empower LGBTQ people so that they can “define their own paths,” and also make their voices heard. Trans Queer Pueblo embraces diversity, cultivates leadership and creates what it calls “support cycles” within communities.

A major component of Trans Queer Pueblo is health care. It sets a goal of offering free health care to 100 people who are undocumented and identify as LGBTQ. The group also holds forums that conduct health advocacy sessions within communities.

Yet another outstanding effort by Trans Queer Pueblo is its letter writing campaign. Members write letters of support for LGBTQ migrants being held in detention for a variety of reasons. To date, Trans Queer Pueblo is extremely proud that its letter-writing campaigns have produced real results, freeing 15 people from migration detention. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co

The excellent work being done by this group recently attracted the attention of the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund which has infused Trans Queer Pueblo with critical monetary support.

The Larkin and Lacey Fund draws upon $3.7 million that was obtained in a decidedly unique way – by suing Maricopa County law enforcement officials for illegal police arrests of two journalists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

It was October of 2007 when armed deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department descended upon the homes of Larkin and Lacey. The media partners were nabbed and carted away to jail cells in the dead of night. The summary incarcerations were ordered by out-of-control lawman Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The arrests of newsmen Larkin and Lacey was a blatant and egregious violation of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of the press.

Arresting two Arizona journalists for doing nothing more than publishing stories critical of Arpaio’s treatment of undocumented workers outraged both the public and courts alike. A U.S. Court of Appeals awarded Larkin and Lacey $3.7 million in damages – and the rest is history.

Now the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is able to support organizations like Trans Queer Pueblo and many other such groups that work tirelessly to advocate for undocumented, Latino and Hispanic people living in Arizona and across the United States.