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Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project

The Florence Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Arizona. Although the federal government assists indigent criminal defendants and civil litigants through public defenders and legal aid attorneys, it does not provide attorneys for people in immigration removal proceedings. As a result, an estimated 86 percent of immigrant detainees go unrepresented due to poverty. The Florence Project strives to address this inequity through direct service, partnerships with the community, and advocacy and outreach efforts.

Pro bono attorneys represent detained immigrants in removal proceedings in connection with our Florence, Eloy, and Children Programs. Depending on the stage of the proceedings, pro bono attorneys may appear before an immigration judge, the Board of Immigration Appeals, circuit courts of appeal, juvenile court, or federal district courts.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Maricopa, Pinal
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Criminal Appeals, Immigration & Naturalization, Prisoners, Cancellation of removal for legal permanent residents, citizenship claims, adjustment of status for refugees, political asylum, Convention Against Torture relief, and acquiring Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • Populations Served: Asylum Seekers, Children, Communities of Color, Detained individuals, Immigrants, Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Litigation: Appellate, Litigation: Support (e.g., discovery), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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