Client Stories

Client Stories2020-01-08T11:36:32-07:00

Carlos

While people around the world ushered in the New Year with fireworks and champagne toasts, Carlos spent December 31, his 18th birthday, in a cell in a remote detention center in Arizona.   Carlos came to the United States seeking safety after being trafficked and suffering tremendous trauma in [...]

Anahi

Florence Project attorney Alex Miller never cries in front of a judge, so she and her client Anahi stepped out of court recently as tears of joy welled in their eyes. Anahi is a transgender woman who’s active in LGBTQ rights and environmental justice. Back in Honduras, she was persecuted [...]

Victor

In January, Victor and his wife Paola sought asylum in the U.S. to escape death threats in Brazil. After passing credible fear tests at the border, the couple was forcibly separated by immigration authorities. Victor was sent to immigration detention in Arizona. Paola, who was seven months pregnant, was released [...]

Alan

Alan began drawing while detained. When he arrived in the United States at age 17, Alan was suffering from severe depression. To make matters worse, Alan didn't have anyone in the U.S. to take custody of him, so he moved between shelters for unaccompanied immigrant children. Drawing became his outlet. [...]

Beto and Josue

When Beto and Josue fled Latin America to seek safety in the U.S., they imagined a life free of persecution for their sexual orientation. They imagined being able to live together and start a family. They imagined a big, joyful wedding. Instead, they found themselves incarcerated in a detention facility [...]

Betsaida

One day, when Betsaida was in detention, the other women crowned her queen. “They put a sash on me and a paper crown. Because I was always laughing,” she said. “In spite of all I had suffered, I was always laughing.” Indeed, Betsaida is a legend around the Florence Project [...]

Nadia

In a coffee shop just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, Nadia, a new Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), a recent high school graduate, and an aspiring midwife, shares her own birth story. “My mom was here [in the United States] when her water broke, and she literally crossed the border back [...]

Sergio

When Sergio was in immigration detention, he feared he would never see his wife and daughter again. Sergio had a childhood rife with traumatic experiences in Central America. As a baby, Sergio’s mother abandoned him and his father committed suicide. Throughout his childhood, he endured constant physical abuse at the [...]

Gabriela

“Even I couldn’t believe it when the judge told me I’d won,” Gabriela tells me over the phone. Gabriela is calling from San Francisco, where she lives and works now that she has won her immigration case. Gabriela is tired—she just got home from her job at a taco shop—but [...]

Imelda

As a lesbian growing up in the mountains of El Salvador, Imelda faced constant discrimination and violence. She was bullied for dressing in boy’s clothes and survived physical violence and beatings from multiple men. When she was 19, Imelda was violently raped by a gang leader. Years later, the gang [...]