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

Our Statement on Biden’s “Dedicated Docket” Plan

The Florence Project has serious concerns about the Biden administration’s plan to employ so-called “dedicated dockets” to expedite the adjudication of asylum claims for newly arriving families. While on the surface the goal of timely processing of asylum claims may sound positive, in reality these expedited dockets have a long [...]

Legal Services Providers Call on Biden Administration to Abandon Harmful Trump Policies

21 Legal Services Contractors Call for Restoration of Legal Access Programming in the Immigration Courts We, the undersigned, are nonprofit legal service providers contracted through the government-funded Legal Orientation Program (LOP) to provide Know Your Rights programming and pro se assistance to people facing deportation proceedings without a lawyer. Access [...]

Mother’s Day in the Icebox: An Excerpt From “Together”

The Florence Project advocated for hundreds of separated families in 2018. To raise awareness of the emotional impact of this cruel practice, we’ve published a booklet titled "Together." It chronicles our response to the crisis and includes our clients’ vivid recollections of separation, detention, and reunification. There will be a [...]

Florence Project Responds to the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act

The Florence Project stands in strong opposition to the “Bipartisan Border Solutions Act” introduced by Senators Kyrsten Sinema and John Cornyn and Representatives Henry Cuellar and Tony Gonzales yesterday. The bill takes no meaningful steps to reform our broken immigration system. Instead of using the substantial government resources proposed in [...]

An Incredible Blow to Asylum

Last week, the outgoing administration issued two final rules in a last-ditch attempt to inflict further harm on asylum seekers and their due process rights. The first policy change, announced on December 10th, will effectively end asylum as we know it in the U.S. We vehemently opposed this rule when [...]

Called to this Work: Kari Hong’s Story

Kari Hong It’s hard to imagine Kari Hong doing anything other than immigration defense. When you hear her family’s story, you can understand why she was called to this work. Kari’s biological grandfather, Juris Aire, was a chemist in Latvia who had advanced knowledge on fingerprint technology. Right [...]

“You are the only ones we have to help us.”

In April, after COVID-19 hit, the Florence Project launched a free telephone hotline for people in immigration detention in Arizona. Our team has been fielding calls on a daily basis from people in immigration detention, making sure that one of us is available to pick up the phone during designated [...]

Celebrating New Opportunities, and the Work Ahead

After several days of counting votes, major media outlets have just announced that the American people have elected Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. We offer our congratulations to President-elect Biden and to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. We will advocate and hope that a Biden Administration [...]

2020 Pro Bono Awards

Special Partnership-Adult Perkins Coie A drawing by a plaintiff's daughter, hoping for his release. “When the people in the immigration detention center saw [news about the lawsuits], they were overjoyed because they knew that other people, the attorneys, were fighting for them. And that there are people who [...]

Statement on New Asylum Eligibility Bars

On October 20, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule adding myriad new bars to asylum eligibility, effective November 20, 2020, 30 days after its official publication on October 21, 2020. It is the final version of a proposed rule that [...]

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