The immigrant rights movement that has been taking place for the last decade has given birth to many organizations that support one aspect of immigrants rights. PACH, or Pheonix Allies for Community Health is one such organization.
The group came about because of the collaboration of medics who were working at 1070 protests. They understood the needs the immigrant community, and saw the hardships that undocumented workers were facing when it came to getting care.
Health care is tied intricately with economics. The quality of care that a person receives is directly related to their economic status, and on the flip side the care that a person receives can change their economic status but putting them into poverty if the receive high cost care on a continual basis.
People make choices about their treatment plans with money as the deciding factor. Undocumented immigrants without health insurance face significant bills each time they visit the doctors office — and that is before the added price of medication! Medical bills can actually throw a family into poverty and effect every aspect of lifestyle. The medics who founded PACH found this situation unfair and unhealthy, and wanted to do something to change it. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-lacey-5b0159145/
This gave birth to the Phoenix Allies for Community Health, and has resulted in affordable care for many people who struggled with unsupportable bills beforehand. PACH is dedicated to improving health in of immigrants. Arizona is the second highest point of entry for immigrants in the US, right after Texas. Because of this, many immigrants settle in Arizona and face the hardships that ensue.
The civil rights workers who advocate for the health, safety, and well being of all humans equally face a challenge when it comes to policies and laws related to illegal immigrants. The policies are slowly changing and immigrants have some resources available to help them while the politics in the situation still violate human rights.
It can take a long time to change public policy, but in the meanwhile immigrants are suffering. Groups like PAHC try to change that, through grass-roots efforts.
PAHC is one example of a Phoenix organization aimed at bettering the community. Pheonix native Jim Larkin has partnered with Mike Lacey to provide funding to PAHC as well as many organizations in the Arizona area that support civil rights and protest against infringements to justice.
Mike and Jim have backgrounds in journalism and newspapers, and launched the Phoenix New Times in the early ’70s in order to report on events that they found had been covered with a bias. The two were arrested in 2007 and were put into jail because of a report that they had issued in their paper.
However, the arrest was a clear violation of their rights, and they were released within 24 hours. After this they fought in court and won a $3.7 million dollar settlement which they poured into their fund: The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This fund is dedicated to issues of civil rights, justice, and migrant laws.