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

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 [...]

“Remain in Mexico” Plan is Another Attack on the Rights of Asylum Seekers

The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project strongly rejects the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” plan, which will return migrants requesting asylum to Mexico while they wait for their hearings in immigration court. As we said last month when this plan was announced, the right to seek asylum in the [...]

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 [...]

We Will Fight Back

Today, President Trump made official the anti-immigrant policies he announced in a speech late last week. We stand firmly against the administration’s attempts to illegally restrict the ability of migrants to seek asylum. The right to seek asylum, regardless of whether one presents at a port of entry, is unambiguously [...]

How You Can Stand with Immigrants Today

The Florence Project is dismayed and horrified by the Trump administration's decision to continue the militarization of the southern border and to violate U.S. and international laws by attempting to restrict many migrants from seeking asylum. On Monday, October 29, the Trump administration announced over 5,000 troops would be deployed [...]

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

Laura Brookham, PsyD, Red Mountain Psychological Services Dr. Laura Brookham has been dedicating her time to the Florence Project on a pro bono basis since 2009. She first became involved through HealthRight International,  a human rights organization which had funding for a program to train psychologists and physicians to do pro [...]

2018 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Josh Bendor is the Florence Project’s 2018 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. Each day this week, we will feature one of the pro bono professionals who will be honored at our Annual Pro Bono Appreciate Event on October 25, 2018. Josh Bendor, Osborn Maledon Since he took his first [...]