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.

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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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