Lacey and Larkin-Frontera Fund and Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)

AWID is an international, multi-generational, and feminist organization committed to the advancement of gender equality, sustainable development, and women rights. Membership comprises academics, students, researchers, business people, development partners, policy makers, and donors.

Mission and Vision

AWID aspires to influence global women and feminist rights activists, movements, and organizations.

Its mission is to transform structures of power and decision-making, advance human rights, environmental stability, and gender justice. AWID envisions a world in which freedoms, human rights, gender justice, and ecological sustainability are a reality for everyone and the planet.


With the end of the United Nations Decade for Women, individuals from universities, development agencies, and CBOs discussed the role of women as beneficiaries and agents of the development process. They founded AWID as a platform for professionals fostering multi-sectoral dialogue and action.

In due time, AWID’s goal encompassed issues of women human rights, gender equality, and sustainable development. AWID works with activist groups, movements, and organizations to increase its visibility and capacity to influence structural change. The organization seeks the transformation of laws, policies, social norms, and individuals to promote girls and women rights across the world.

Thematic and Feminist Programs

Its various themes and feminist activities include:

 Resourcing women’s rights: AWID lobbies donors and global policy makers to increase commitment to gender justice and women’s rights. This involves narrowing the gap between activists and donors, collaborative research, resource mobilization, strengths and weakness analysis.

 Opposing religious fundamentalism: the organization counters religious fundamentalism through dialogue, advocacy, and collaborative projects.

 Economic justice: AWID adopts strategies that address failures of present economic models. For example, enhancing the capacity of women’ right advocates, supporting feminist rights, advancing feminist research, analysis, and documentation.

 Women’s rights defenders: the organization works in collaboration with regional and global networks to promote awareness of women rights activists.

Larkin & Lacey-Frontera Fund

With settlement money after their acquittal, Michael Lacey and Jim Larken formed the Frontera Fund to advance migrants in Arizona. Under their leadership, the Lacey and Larken Frontera Fund supports groups that promote human rights, civil rights as well as migrant rights. The Fund works with the Border Angels of San Diego focusing on immigration reforms and aversion of migrant fatalities.

Additionally, the Fund fights against the profiling of immigrants. Its programs address challenges that migrants face along the US-Mexico border. Frontera’s advocacy is designed to ensure human rights for all. Working alongside other organizations, the Lacey and Larkin-Frontera Fund defends migrants against all types of human rights abuses, discriminatory hiring policies, and racial profiling. Learn more about Michael Lacey: and

Recently, the Fund’s pilot project, Justice for Immigrants & Families Project (JIF) promotes and provides legal services to immigrants of Maricopa County. JIF trains and refers deserving cases to pro bono attorneys.

Also, the project conducts group workshops, legal consultations, provides self-help legal guides, and human rights education. JIF is Phoenix Legal Action Network’s pilot project in conjunction with pro bono attorneys to help protect and promote the rights of minorities and the marginalized in Arizona.

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