Client Stories

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

I Had COVID-19 in ICE Detention. This Is What It Was Like.

Eloy Detention Center, where Sofia is detained. Below is a first-person account from our client, Sofia*, an asylum seeker from Cuba, who contracted COVID-19 while detained in Eloy Detention Center. For months, ICE told us that everything was under control. We signed up for appointments to speak with [...]

Jade’s First Dance

  At a small dance studio in central Phoenix, a Cuban immigrant named Jade is achieving her dream to perform ballet as her true self. In Cuban dance companies, Jade could only get male roles, though she is a trans woman. Now Jade’s husband, Arien, sits with the couple’s pro-bono [...]


One day, a tiny bird flew through a window at Eloy Detention Center, and when Patricia saw it, she wished they could trade places. The 24-year-old Nicaraguan student wanted to fly over the detention center's barbed wire fencing and glide through the Arizona desert. But to be as free as [...]

Video: Amani Reunited With His Family

  Our client Amani was released from La Palma Detention Center and reunited with his family in Phoenix after being detained for over a year! Amani struggled in detention, where neither guards nor nurses spoke his native Kirundi or Swahili. In April, he contracted COVID-19—as more than 100 [...]


One night last year, three masked men arrived at Jorge’s home in Venezuela, seized him, and threw him in a make-shift cell with six other political prisoners.  The cell had no electricity, no running water, and no facilities. Jorge was starved, beaten, and psychologically abused. Five days into his detention, [...]


Before 2018, Wilfredo was never interested in politics. He sold produce in León, Nicaragua, and on evenings his home was a gathering place for neighbors to relax, joke and gossip. But when the government announced plans to cut pensions and increase taxes, thousands of Nicaraguans organized marches to oppose the [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 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. [...]

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