Illustration by Echo Rigg for the Florence Project Gerardo* came to the U.S. seeking safety after cartel violence in Mexico changed his life forever. When he was just nine years old, his mother and grandparents were abducted and killed. He moved in with his aunt, where he suffered hostility and was unjustly blamed for his […]

Our Comment on President Biden’s Asylum Ban

Last month, we submitted an organizational comment to the Federal Register detailing our opposition to and concerns with the Biden administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would severely restrict access to asylum for most people seeking protection in the United States.  If enacted, the rule would render migrants ineligible for asylum unless that they can demonstrate that […]

Florence Project and Kino Border Initiative Condemn Most Recent Asylum Ban 

Florence Project and Kino Border Initiative Condemn Most Recent Asylum Ban The proposed ban on asylum for people who travel through a third country will put people in direct and immediate danger.   Nogales, AZ – The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project and the Kino Border Initiative are devastated by and wholeheartedly condemn the […]


We always celebrate the resiliency and advocacy of our LGBTQ clients. Many have fought bravely for gay, bisexual, and transgender rights in their home countries. And some, like Perla, helped other detained women prepare their court documents in immigration detention. Perla was born in Mexico but grew up in Illinois. In 2020, she was arrested […]

Why Biden’s Announcement is Bad News for the People We Serve

The following is a message we shared with supporters on our email list regarding President Biden’s announcements on immigration policy on January 5, 2023. To sign up for our email list, click here. To read more about the policies, click here. This week, I’ve been thinking of a young man from Nicaragua that the Florence […]

Gonzalez Family

We met the Gonzalez family at the Kino Border Initiative migrant aid center in Nogales, Sonora. They came fleeing death threats. But for months, U.S. border officials rejected the family’s requests for asylum, citing the Title 42 border closure. “It’s very difficult being here,” Mr. Gonzalez told Buzzfeed News. The family’s 11-year-old daughter suffers seizures—a […]


Afshin sits by a lake in North Carolina. He is happy here. But it took a long journey across oceans and continents, and in court seeking asylum, for him to reach a simple moment of peace. Three years ago, Afshin fled his home country of Iran, saying goodbye to loving parents and siblings, in fear […]