The Florence Project: Defending Detained Immigrants
Immigration attorney Christopher Stender, a partner at Stender & Lappin, PC, in San Diego, handles various immigration and naturalization matters. The recipient of a juris doctor from Syracuse University College of Law, Christopher Stender also possesses a long history of contributing to immigration-oriented nonprofits, among them the Arizona-based Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP).
FIRRP provides pro bono legal services to men, women, and children detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency within the state of Arizona. The nonprofit ensures that detained persons received quality legal representation from attorneys experienced in immigration removal proceedings.
With locations in Phoenix, Florence, and Eloy, FIRRP offers a number of services to indigent detained men and women, including representation within the Florence and Eloy immigration courts. The nonprofit organizes Know Your Rights legal orientation presentations for all persons appearing before an immigration judge, and it offers individual legal consults and provides referrals to pro-bono lawyers. FIRRP also runs the Detained Immigrant and Refugee Children Initiative, which provides legal assistance and support to unaccompanied immigrant minors facing removal proceedings within the Phoenix Immigration Court system. Lastly, the nonprofit runs an Integrated Social Services Program that offers supportive services to vulnerable detained individuals, such as the mentally ill.