No More Deaths has received funding from Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This Fund was created out of a settlement that came after the arrest of journalists Michael Lacey as well as Jim Larkin in 2007. Michael Lacey as well as Jim Larkin arrested in the middle of the night by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This took place in Phoenix.
Michael Lacey as well as Jim Larkin decided to sue the State. The money they got as the settlement was used to set up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Funds. It is used to protect the civil rights of migrants throughout the country. Besides, the money is also used for funding other organizations sharing the same vision.
There are a number of other ways in which the human rights and the civil rights of migrants are not being protected. Numi is making high profits this way from the jailed migrants. Paul Wright is the executive director at Human Rights Defense Center.
He says that many of the jailed people are being deported to those countries in which their inmate debit cards do not work. Hence the balance on these cards gets absorbed by Numi as well as the bank which issued them.
Cities that have large Latino population are making use of Numi. This includes places like Houston, Las Vegas, besides Sacramento, and Phoenix. In all these places, the initial detention will be at county jails for the undocumented immigrants who eventually get deported. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/
When any of these illegal immigrants is picked up, his cash gets loaded on a Numi debit card. After deportation, this card may or may not work. Hence the person becomes effectively penniless.
Besides, each time that the card is used, there would be charges levied by the issuing bank. It does not matter whether the transaction was successful or not as the charges would still be levied. This is when such people have to seek the help of a migrant center. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter and Michael Larcey | Facebook
Besides, Numi will be charging very high fees, which become still higher for international use. This is where immigrant rights organization like No More Deaths can help. They help to transfer the money from Numi to a US bank. Then they wire it to the person through the Western Union or some other similar mode.
This is only one of the ways in which money and belongings tend to get seized from deportees. Debit cards are one of them.
In fact, most deportees who had received the Numi inmate debit cards lose a lot of their money to fees. This makes people throw away the cards in frustration as they are not able to access their money.
No More Deaths has properly catalogued all the reasons why deportees are not able to use their Numi cards. Another is that it has all its instructions written in the English language. A large number of people do not understand English or may not be very fluent in it.
Another reason is that many times these cards have to be activated by calling a number starting with 800 in the United States. The same may not work internationally. Even the customer service people speak English making it more difficult for the deportees.