Christopher Stender: Offering Pro Bono Representation and financial support for the Florence Project

An immigration attorney in San Diego, California, Christopher Stender has had numerous opinions published in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Board of Immigration Appeals. In addition to his work as a partner at the law firm Stender & Lappin, PC, Christopher Stender contributes to the efforts of a number of nonprofits working on behalf of underserved populations. Among these, he supports the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, a provider of free legal services to immigrants.

Located in Arizona, the Florence Project supplies training and mentoring to attorneys who provide pro bono representation to immigrants detained in the state. Attorneys work with clients ranging from refugees to legal permanent residents in matters including claims of citizenship, status adjustment, and application for political asylum. Initiatives include two programs serving adults detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the cities of Florence and Eloy. The Florence Project also offers a program designed to aid immigrants and refugees under 18 years of age. 

Beyond providing legal representation, the organization assists detained men, women, and children through a social services program. The program connects people dealing with mental illness, domestic violence, the repercussions of torture, and other issues to social service providers and avenues of support in the area.


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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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