Florence Project Six Month Report: Ongoing Complaints and Systemic Issues in Arizona Adult Immigration Detention Centers

Florence Project Six Month Report:Ongoing Complaints and Systemic Issues in Arizona Adult Immigration Detention Centers  Introduction The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (The Florence Project/FIRRP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free legal and social services to the thousands of adults and children detained in immigration custody in Arizona. The Florence Project was […]

Florence Project Denounces Supreme Court’s Decision in SB4 Case

Florence Project Denounces Supreme Court’s Decision in SB4 Case  Phoenix, AZ – The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project is dismayed by the United States Supreme Court’s decision to allow Texas’ dangerous, unconstitutional SB4 to go into effect while litigation against the law proceeds through the courts. SB4 allows state officials to detain, arrest, and […]

Florence Project Condemns Arizona Bills that Criminalize Immigrants

Florence Project Condemns Arizona Bills that Criminalize Immigrants These bills would classify crossing the border as a state crime and restrict immigrants from accessing benefits, harkening back to SB1070.  The Florence Project condemns in the strongest possible terms the anti-immigrant bills that are currently being considered by the Arizona State Legislature.   Senate Bill 1231 […]

Florence Project Denounces the Senate Supplemental Funding Bill, Urges Congress to Reject It

The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project condemns in the strongest possible terms the Senate Supplemental Funding Bill announced on Sunday, February 4, 2024 by a bipartisan group of Senators, including Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema. If passed, this bill will decimate asylum in the United States by enacting a new expulsion authority that would mandate closing […]

U.S. Senators Must Hold the Line and Protect Asylum Law from Radical Changes 

U.S. Senators Must Hold the Line and Protect Asylum Law from Radical Changes  As negotiations continue this week in Washington, D.C. on President Biden’s supplemental funding request, the Florence Project renews its calls on lawmakers to ensure they protect life-saving asylum provisions from being bargained away in exchange for foreign funding for Ukraine, Israel, and […]

Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project Calls on Legislators to Separate Immigration Reform from Budget Negotiations

Amid recent reports of ongoing negotiations to couple international aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan with potentially significant changes to the asylum system, the Florence Project calls on United States Senators, particularly Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who is one of the Senators reportedly negotiating a deal, to immediately reject the premise that these two pieces of legislation can […]

Florence Project Heartbroken by the Death of an Infant in CBP Custody

The Florence Project is utterly heartbroken by the death of a one-month-old baby in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody in Nogales, AZ on September 23, 2023. No one should die in pursuit of a better life, especially a child whose life was just beginning.   According to a press release from CBP, the infant and […]

Honoring and Celebrating our 2023 Pro Bono Attorneys and Volunteers!

Next week is Pro Bono Appreciation Week and we are excited to share with you the winners of our 2023 Pro Bono Appreciation Awards! On Thursday, October 19, 2023, we celebrated and honored our generous, dedicated, and talented pro bono attorneys and volunteers at our annual Pro Bono Appreciation Event! Pro Bono attorneys and volunteers […]