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Latinos Illegally Detained by Joe Arpaio May Request Compensation

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Carmen Cornejo
Written by Carmen Cornejo

Community organizations are getting ready to assist some of Arpaio’s many victims in achieving a small sense of justice through monetary compensation.

Maricopa County officials have set aside a $1 million compensation fund for Latinos illegally detained by former Sheriff Joe Arpaio when he disobeyed a federal judge’s orders to stop enforcing immigration law and racially profiling Latinos.

Judge Snow created this taxpayer compensation fund in 2016 for the illegal detentions, giving a one-year application period which started last Friday, December 1.

Here is the link to the compensation fund.

Additionally, ACLU of Arizona, the Hispanic attorneys’ organization “Los Abogados,” and others will host a clinic next Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First Church UCC, where victims will be guided in filing the compensation application. First Church UCC is located at 1407 N. Second St. in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Our disgraced former sheriff was convicted of criminal contempt of court after disobeying, for 17 months, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow’s directives to stop saturation patrols and the enforcement of immigration law.

Although Trump infamously pardoned Arpaio, Maricopa County taxpayers are still liable for compensating victims of Arpaio’s criminal contempt of the judge’s orders.

People who seek compensation must have been detained between late December 2011 and late May 2013.

Maricopa County will pay $500 for the first hour of a person’s illegal detention and $35 for each additional 20-minute increment up to $10,000 dollars, for injuries resulting from detention, lost wages and emotional distress. Community organizations and lawyers have been searching for victims, combing through police records, traffic-stop videos, etc. It is calculated that at least 190 persons can claim compensation.

Our founders, Lacey and Larkin, have been opposing Sheriff Joe for years; their fight against him led them to start Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.