Staffing up at the Project

We’re happy to report it is raining fellows at the Florence Project! We have three recent graduates joining our staff this year as fellows working on special projects. University of Arizona College of Law graduate and former Florence Project intern Laura Belous has received a two year Equal Justice Works fellowship to provide targeted support […]

SB1070; Why Supporting the Florence Project is More Important Than Ever

SB1070, signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer on April 23rd, will have a devastating impact on immigrant communities in Arizona. If the law is implemented as planned late next month, we expect to see a marked increase in refugees and immigrants detained in remote facilities in Florence and Eloy and children’s facilities in Phoenix. […]

Florence Project Wins John Jay Medal for Justice

On April 6th, the Florence Project received the 2010 John Jay Medal for Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice for our work on behalf of detained immigrants and refugees in Arizona. While the award is usually given to an individual, the nominating committee was so impressed with the Florence Project’s work it […]

Florence Project Celebrates 20 Years!

On March 27th, Florence Project staff, board members, alumni, supporters, friends and former clients came together to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary at the home of long time Board Member Peggy Kirch and husband Art Piccinati. We honored Florence Project founder Chris Brelje and the law firm Lewis & Roca LLP, who funded Chris’s year-long […]

Letters from Detention Project

If you haven’t already made your way to, now is the time to check it out. The Florence Project, with generous support from the Arizona Humanities Council, is launching an inaugural detention story project to share the voices of the amazing people we serve. Project coordinators and Florence Project volunteers Melissa Mundt and Laura […]