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,[…]
One of our staff attorneys and a community volunteer share a story of gaining asylum for a client.
By Matthew Johnson, Florence Project Legal Intern In 2013, for the third time in as many years, the Serbian government prohibited its LGBT citizens from holding a Gay Pride Parade. Hours after the government’s edict, the Florence Project’s client Andrej [name changed to preserve confidentiality], together with his then-boyfriend, exited the office of a Belgrade[…]
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[…]