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News and Events2018-10-26T16:59:57-07:00

Our Statement on the Trump Administration’s New Asylum Rule

Today, the Trump Administration announced yet another attack on the rights of asylum seekers in the United States. The rule would bar asylum applications from anyone who crosses through another country on the way to the United States and does not seek asylum in that country. Essentially, this means that [...]

Presidential Memorandum Furthers Attack on Asylum Seekers

In yet another step to punish refugees for seeking asylum, on April 29, 2019, President Trump released a memorandum enumerating his plans to further restrict asylum seekers’ access to protection. The memo proposes policies that will fundamentally undermine asylum seekers’ access to a fair day in court while also creating [...]

Our Statement on the Supreme Court Decision in Nielsen v. Preap

The Florence Project is disheartened by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Nielsen v. Preap, which once again broadened the parameters for mandatory detention of immigrants. Mandatory detention violates the fundamental human rights of immigrants by requiring that people be held in prison-like settings for [...]

Welcome Edna Meza Aguirre!

Please join us in welcoming Edna Meza Aguirre, JD, CFRE to the Florence Project team! Edna will be joining us as the Director of Philanthropy beginning Monday, March 4, 2019. Edna brings 16 years of development experience to the Florence Project, including seven years as the Regional Associate Development Director [...]

Take Action Against SB 1308!

On February 21, 2018, Senate Bill 1308, which includes an amendment that would prevent the Florence Project and other private attorneys from filing cases in juvenile court, will be heard in the Arizona State Senate. If it is signed into law, our clients will no longer be able to ask for [...]

The Florence Project Opposes the “End the Shutdown and Secure the Border” Act

The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project wholeheartedly rejects the “End the Shutdown and Secure the Border" Act, a Senate Bill introduced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. While the Florence Project urges the government to reopen as quickly as possible, this bill is a Trojan horse containing numerous extreme immigration [...]

Our Statement on the Attorney General’s Decision in the Matter of A-B-

At the Florence Project, we are deeply saddened by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision on June 11, 2018 to bar many from seeking asylum in the United States, including most victims of domestic abuse and gang violence. The Attorney General overruled the Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision in the Matter of [...]

Our Statement on the Trump Administration’s Remain in Mexico Plan

The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project strongly condemns the Trump administration’s latest announced policy that would illegally require asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases are adjudicated. The policy, announced on December 20, 2018, is yet another in a series of calculated decisions that violate the [...]

Community Partners Support Asylum Seekers

This September, staff at the Florence Project partnered with doctors at Banner Health UMC to train clinicians on how to do pro-bono medical and psychological evaluations for asylum seekers. “All of our clients could benefit from this service,” says Katie Ruhl, Pro Bono Mentor at the Florence Project. “If it [...]