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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This is the second 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[…]
We need your help keeping families together this holiday season. Your support can mean reuniting a family. Won’t you please donate today? As we write this, we are preparing for Thanksgiving with our own families. We cannot help but think of our clients, separated from their families for the holidays. We think of Jose, the[…]
By Natalie Schultheis, Florence Project AmeriCorps volunteer My experiences as an AmeriCorps volunteer working at a shelter for unaccompanied minors left me both blessed and haunted by the children I worked with. I loved walking into work and meeting the faces of recently arrived children and helping them adjust to life in the shelter. I[…]
by Lauren Dasse, Executive Director of the Florence Project This has been a year of celebration, which in our line of work, can be difficult. While we continue to face challenging legal cases, increased need for social services, and a steady stream of children, women, and men in immigration detention in Arizona, we cherish the[…]
The obstacles for families seeking asylum are unconscionable. Join organizations such as Detention Watch Network and RAICES in raising awareness of this issue. Action Alert: Oct. 23, is a National Call-in Day to #EndFamilyDetention You can participate in our efforts to end family detention by calling the DHS Headquarters Comment Line at 202-282-8495. Introduce yourself:[…]
On October 31, 2015, the Coalición de Derechos Humanos and friends will be commemorating all the lives lost crossing the border during the 15th Annual Día de los Muertos Pilgrimage. Since the year 2000, this group has walked 7.8 miles from St. John’s Church, on 12th Ave & Ajo, to the San Xavier Mission carrying[…]
“Celebrating 25 Years of Keeping Families Together” – YOU’RE INVITED – Wednesday, October 21st | 5:30 – 7:30 pm | 6816 North Joshua Tree Lane in Paradise Valley Hosted by Peggy Kirch and Arthur Piccinati *Featuring VIP Reception with Todd Miller Author of Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security Special Thank[…]
We’re very excited to share that Senator Coons will be introducing an amendment to eliminate the detention bed quota — the first ever amendment in the Senate on this issue! Unfortunately, we have a tight timeline — until tomorrow morning — to convince other Senators to co-sponsor the amendment to show how many lawmakers agree[…]
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.