FIRRP – Volunteers Aid Nonprofit with Immigration Concerns

As an immigration attorney with more than two decades of experience, Christopher Stender previously served as partner at Stender & Associates, PC, where he represented clients in state and federal courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. A financial supporter of and former volunteer for The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP), Christopher Stender is one of many individuals whose efforts have made the organization successful in providing immigration-related services for men, women, and unaccompanied children.

Better known as The Florence Project, FIRRP partners with organizations and individuals to help ensure due process for detained immigrants and refugees. In an effort to increase community awareness of its services, FIRRP schedules members of its staff to speak to community and civic organizations, church congregations, and corporate offices.

For those seeking volunteer opportunities, The Florence Project welcomes a variety of pro bono services from attorneys, interpreters, expert witnesses, researchers, and medical professionals. Volunteers can also assist with administrative tasks, or join the Detention Watch Network.


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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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