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.