Christopher Stender: San Diego’s Homeless Outreach Team

San Diego, California, immigration attorney Christopher Stender gives generously of his time and effort to charitable groups, including the city’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT). These teams, consisting of a police officer, county psychiatrists and eligibility technicians, go into the streets and find people who are habitually homeless and/or chronically alcoholic. The San Diego Police Department and Community Services provides funding for HOT law enforcement personnel.

Teams treat each person as an individual. They assess problems, such as deficits in job training, psychological issues, history of drug abuse, and loss of income. The teams advocate for immediate and long-term solutions for the 700 people they see each year.

HOT acts as a referral agency, linking people in the street with housing opportunities and other services, such as the Serial Inebriate Program (SIP). Working in partnership, SIP begins with people who have been arrested for public intoxication and provides substance abuse intervention as an alternative to being jailed.


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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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