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.