Our History

Our History2018-07-19T16:10:17+00:00

Although the landscape of detention has changed and expanded in Arizona, the Florence Project always fights for justice.

Awards for Leadership:

  • Community Service Award in 2017 by Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association, Los Abogados
  • Law College Association Award for Extraordinary Service to Society in 2017 by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Veora E. Johnson Spirit of Unity Award for Community Service in 2015 by the Mesa Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee
  • Emil Gumpert Award from the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2012
  • Community Leader for Justice Award in 2010 by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
  • Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation in 2001: The Florence Project’s work at the Eloy Detention Center received this award for its work at the Eloy Detention Center. The project and served as the blueprint for the national Legal Orientation Program funded by the Executive Office of Immigration Review and administered by the Vera Institute of Justice.

Public recognition for the Florence Project’s local and national contribution to detained immigrants and building a more just and efficient judicial system.

  • The former Immigration and National Service
  • American Bar Association
  • S. Senate
  • S. Department of Justice
  • S. Commission on Immigration Reform
  • American Immigration Lawyers’ Association
  • National Lawyers’ Guild

“One of the most amazing things to me about the Florence Project is the high caliber and excellent quality of the individuals who are attracted to the project. Starting with Charlene D’Cruz, I am so thankful that we had and continue to have a steady stream of people who are not only stellar legal thinkers but also people of character with huge hearts.

Christopher Brelje,, Florence Project Founder