On any given day, there are approximately 1,700 immigrant children detained in Arizona. In a system that denies immigrants the right to a public defender, regardless of their age, quality representation makes all the difference for these young people.
Many of the children we work with were abused, abandoned or neglected before coming to the U.S. They are:
- Unaccompanied children under 18 years old who have crossed the border or been apprehended by immigration authorities without a parent or guardian
- Held in children’s detention facilities under the control of the Office of Refugee Resettlement
The Florence Project is the only organization in Arizona that provides free legal services to detained children in deportation proceedings.
The Florence Project provides:
- Education through age-appropriate legal orientations
- Empowerment through role plays where children act out immigration court
- Direct representation of children in immigration court or referrals to pro bono attorneys in the community
The Florence Project is a national leader in this field, with nearly 20 years of experience and specialized expertise in:
- Children’s asylum
- Special immigrant juvenile visas
- U and T visas to protect survivors of crimes and trafficking