Matthew Palmquist joined the Florence Project in September 2022 as an Equal Justice Works (EJW) Fellow representing detained LGBTQ+ migrants and asylum seekers. Matt graduated with his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and his B.A. from Georgetown University. After college, Matt lived in Mexico City on a Fulbright grant, where he taught English at a polytechnic institute and worked in the legal clinic of el Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración. During law school, Matt spent his summers at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice and the ACLU of Texas. He participated in USC’s Immigrant Detention & Appellate Clinic, through which he represented a formerly pro-se asylum seeker in his appeal to the Ninth Circuit. He was also one of three students nationwide selected to receive the American Bar Association’s LGBT Public Interest Scholarship in June 2021. In his free time, Matt loves running long distances, eating large meals, and learning new languages.
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