We’re happy to report it is raining fellows at the Florence Project! We have three recent graduates joining our staff this year as fellows working on special projects.

University of Arizona College of Law graduate and former Florence Project intern Laura Belous has received a two year Equal Justice Works fellowship to provide targeted support to detainees suffering from mental illness. After taking the Arizona bar, Laura will join our staff this fall. You can read more about Laura and her project here: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/profile/view?pid=15490.

Vassar College graduate and former Florence Project intern Dorien Ediger-Seto will also join us in July with a one year fellowship through the Compton Foundation. Dorien will support our Children’s Project, providing targeted support to especially vulnerable children, assisting with social service needs, continuing surveying treatment in border patrol custody, and analyzing the educational and empowerment components of our children’s program.

The Florence Project’s close collaboration with the University of California, Davis, also continues with the addition of two new attorneys this fall. Clinic alum Katharine Dick has received funding as a deferred associate to work with the Project for one year and will be focusing on assisting detainees seeking asylum, withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture. We are also thrilled to welcome UC Davis clinic alum and former Florence Project intern Jessica Zweng as a new staff attorney in the fall.