The Kino Border Initiative

The Kino Border Initiative was started in 2009 to work in the area of immigration on the border of Mexico and the United States in Arizona State.

The initiative brings together six charity organizations from both countries in the effort to ensure safe passage and humane treatment for immigrants seeking to move in either direction of the border; the initiative is active in the regions of Nogales, Arizona, Sonora and Nogales Arizona. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://www.facebook.com/jimlarkin53 and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

The six charitable organizations are drawn from both the United States and Mexico, making the Kino Border Initiative a multinational effort. Organizations that are actively involved in the initiative include the Jesuit Refugee Service, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, the Archdiocese of Hermosillo and the Diocese of Tucson to mention but a few.

The initiative was founded with the aim of making possible the idea of a just, humane and tolerable migration between the USA and Mexico. It hopes to promote border and immigration policies which treat with utmost respect the concept of human dignity and a universal bi-national spirit between Mexico and the US.

Some of the ways through which this can be attained and which the Kino Border Initiative pursues passionately include a social education program for communities on both sides of the border to encourage cooperation and a reduction of tensions.

Another measure that the initiative has taken is to ensure that the immigrants are given accompaniment across the border and provided with humanitarian assistance directly as it becomes necessary to them.

Finally, the Kino Border Initiative participates and works in close relation with several collaborative networks which have been engaged in research over the years and have been active in advocating for the creation of policies that create the right environment for immigrants. Through these efforts, the initiative hopes to make immigration more intolerable and enhance the creation of a more humane environment for immigrants at the border and beyond. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter and Michael Larcey | Facebook

Recently, the Kino Border Initiative gained funding from the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This fund was established by two journalists, Michael and Jim Larkin, with the settlement money they received after they were unlawfully arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

In the October 18th, 2007 incident, the two journalists were arrested from their homes in the wee hours of the night after they ran an expose which touched on the sheriff. The expose, which was run by their co-founded Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, indicated that there had been grand jury proceedings which would have journalists present their notes on articles that might have covered the sheriff.

Further, they were to give identities of everyone who read the News Times online articles that touched on the sheriff, in blatant disregard of the First Amendment. The two journalists, therefore, sued the county and were granted a settlement of $3.75 million.

They have dedicated their proceeds from the settlement in helping groups such as the Kino Border Initiative which advocate for civil, human and migration rights.

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