Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project

Immigration attorney Christopher Stender, of San Diego law firm Stender & Lappin, supports various charitable organizations and missions. One of these is the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP), also known simply as the Florence Project. FIRRP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free legal aid to immigrants being detained by Immigration Customs and Enforcement in the state of Arizona.

The Florence Project works with adults and unaccompanied children who have been detained for immigration reasons, but who are too poor to afford legal counsel on their own. The project estimates that a full 86 percent of immigrant detainees fall into this category. FIRRP’s work is especially important because, unlike most legal proceedings in the United States, the federal government does not provide public defense lawyers for immigration removal proceedings.

FIRRP works to help these disadvantaged detainees in several different ways, in the belief that a broad approach will provide the most support. Aside from directly providing attorneys for immigration hearings, the Florence Project also has a number of community partnerships to help increase its visibility and promote its cause. In addition, the project actively engages in advocacy and outreach efforts.

Christopher Stender is proud to support this worthy cause.


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About Christopher Stender

After working for three years as Assistant Chief Counsel for the San Diego District of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Christopher Stender launched a law partnership in 1993. Initially known as Stender & Larkin, the firm was renamed Stender & Associates, PC. Christopher Stender and his team of bilingual associates provide comprehensive immigration-related legal services, working with individuals held at Arizona’s detention centers and prisons in Eloy and Florence, as well as at California’s detention centers in El Centro, San Diego, and San Pedro. Christopher Stender assists in bond procurement and payment, visitation and hearing scheduling, and detainee transportation. He is known for taking tough cases, promoting novel legal theories, and getting positive results for his clients. He routinely appears before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the First, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Prospective clients can read about the immigration process in both English and Spanish on his website. Christopher Stender spent his undergraduate years at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Syracuse University College of Law. An East Coast native who lived abroad for two years, Christopher Stender has traveled extensively throughout Europe. In addition to his native English, he speaks German and Spanish. He supports Grace Point Church, Homeless Outreach, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Tijuana Schools Mission, and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. He lives with his wife and four children in San Diego.

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