Since the Florence Project’s founding we have been incredibly fortunate to have the support of an amazing community of pro bono attorneys in Arizona and around the country who consistently go above and beyond to provide high quality representation to some of our most vulnerable clients. This year we are thrilled to announce that the American Immigration Lawyers Association agrees with us! Perkins Coie, LLC was awarded the Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award at an awards ceremony at the AILA conference in late June for their outstanding pro bono service in immigration. We are so happy that Daniel Barr, Pro Bono Committee Chair was able to join our staff at AILA to accept the award on the firm’s behalf! Both Dan and his predecessor Phil Higdon have gone above and beyond to place Florence Project cases and ensure that indigent people in detention have access to top-quality representation despite their inability to pay for an attorney, so much that Perkins Coie’s Phoenix office is one of the most active pro bono offices in the immigration field nationally. We are incredibly grateful for Perkins Coie’s support over the years, and thrilled that Dan was able to join our staff at the AILA conference this year to accept the award! Congratulations to Dan and the firm, and here’s to many more pro bono wins in the coming years!

Sometimes representing people in immigration detention feels like standing in the middle of a busy street and hoping no cars will hit you! Dan and Florence Project staff handle the pressure with style and grace.

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