Wednesday, September 8, 2010
From the Florence Project:
The Florence Project was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at the rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we provide services to over 3,000 men, women, and children detained in Eloy, Florence, and Phoenix, Arizona on any given day.
The Florence Project has become known nationally for its legal service delivery systems, which ensure detained people empowered access to justice. The Florence Project provides high quality legal advice or representation and at the same time supports initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy.
The Children's Initiative Staff Attorney Position
The Florence Project's Detained Immigrant and Refugee Children's Initiative - created in 2000 - educates, empowers and provides legal assistance to children detained by ICE in Arizona. The staff attorney advocates for unaccompanied immigrant minors in removal proceedings and in the custody of ICE in contract shelters or foster care in Phoenix. The Florence Project's main office is located in Florence but the position is based in our satellite office space in Phoenix. Travel to Florence is limited to 3-4 days per month.
The staff attorney will work on a team of five (two staff attorneys, one pro bono mentor, one legal assistant, and one social services fellow) providing group "know your rights" presentations at shelters, individual intakes, pre-court counseling sessions, and representation in front of the immigration court, Maricopa County Juvenile Court, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Board of Immigration Appeals. The position includes extensive client contact with children from diverse backgrounds, including indigenous children and children who have suffered abuse, abandonment, neglect or other emotional and physical trauma. Click here for more information.