Anna Marie Smith was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Anna Marie grew up watching social justice as her parents, an attorney and a social worker mirror traits that later would play an important role in Anna Marie’s career. She received her B.A. from Presbyterian College in South Carolina and continued her education, earning her Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia. Anna Marie’s compassion for social justice in the immigration system grew from her experience studying abroad, interning with WorkForce Investment Acts in School Youth Program and Casa de Amistad, a social services agency. Anna Marie joined the Florence Project in May 2015 as the first social worker for the Children’s Program. As Anna Marie advocated for the children going through immigration proceedings, she moved up to Lead Social Worker mentoring and supervising the MSW interns in the Phoenix and Tucson offices. Anna Marie now is a Managing Social Worker for the Children’s Team. In her five years working with the Florence Project, she has created systems and structures for the children social service program to provide best practices for our clients.