MISSION AND VISION
Our mission is to provide free legal and social services to detained adults and unaccompanied children facing immigration removal proceedings in Arizona. Our vision is to ensure that all immigrants facing removal have access to counsel, understand their rights under the law, and are treated fairly and humanely.
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On March 10th and 11th, 2016, the AZ AILA Chapter will presents the “Breaking Bad Border Policy” 2016 Conference. On March 10, there will be a border tour in Nogales, and on March 10, conference sessions will be held at the AZ Summit Law School, Phoenix AZ. The conference will include sessions on a number[…]
This Saturday, February 6, Florence Project Managing Attorney, Rekha Nair, will be speaking as a part of a panel at the 2016 Career Planning Workshop at the ASU College of Law. In addition, we will be at the Government/Public Interest Networking Fair at Arizona State University’s College of Law on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Come[…]
Federal immigration enforcement officials recently announced a wave of removals of parents and children, mainly from Central America, who came during the border surge in 2014. With these new rounds of arrests in the community, it is important that we know how to protect our rights. The Immigrant Defense Project, in partnership with the Center[…]
This is the third guest post from Dr. Emily Bashah, who worked with Florence Project staff to prepare clinical summaries and statements in support of VAWA and UVISA applications. She currently works under supervision of forensic psychologists, Dr. Toma and Dr. Kirkley, providing culturally competent psychological evaluations for immigrants, refugees, or asylum seekers held in[…]
Florence Project staff helped address and deliver holiday cards for immigrant and refugee detainees during their annual holiday party, in addition to enjoying delicious food, a white elephant game, and karaoke! The holiday cards were collected from various volunteer groups, including Casa Mariposa Visitation and Comadres groups in Tucson, and the Restoration Project in Phoenix.[…]
The Florence Project is “empowering people with the knowledge they need to make decisions that affect their lives.” As we celebrate 25 years of providing free legal services to immigrant detainees in Arizona, we greatly appreciate any help you can lend.
A short video from our newest staff attorney on why he wanted to do this work. We couldn’t do our important work without our fantastic staff and volunteers, and there are many opportunities to get involved, as a staff member or intern, a volunteer, a pro bono attorney, or a donor.
Last month, a group of new staff members at the Florence Project took a guided tour of governmental and nonprofit services, with a focus on family separation, in Tucson and Nogales. The tour, organized by Laurie Melrood, LMSW of Advocacy and Consulting, LLC, teaches participants of services offered to returned (deported) immigrants by the Mexico Government,[…]
The Florence Project
The Florence Project is a nonprofit legal service organization providing free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody in Arizona. Although the government assists indigent criminal defendants and civil litigants through public defenders and legal aid attorneys, it does not provide attorneys for people in immigration removal proceedings. As a result, an estimated 86 percent of the detained people go unrepresented due to poverty. The Florence Project strives to address this inequity both locally and nationally through direct service, partnerships with the community, and advocacy and outreach efforts.