Pro Bono Program Provides Legal Aid in Immigration Proceedings

A Southern California immigration attorney with more than 15 years of experience, Christopher Stender represents individuals appearing before US Immigration Court. Aside from his responsibilities as an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender has donated to the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP), an organization that provides legal aid to individuals detained in Arizona by the Department of Homeland Security.

One major component of FIRRP’s work is its pro bono program, in which attorneys represent immigrants who have been detained and are facing removal. FIRRP recruits and provides training and mentoring to participating attorneys, who present citizenship, political asylum, refugee and other claims before a range of judges, boards, courts. In some cases, FIRRP also draws on the expertise of participating criminal law attorneys to aid with post-conviction relief. Through the pro bono program, FIRRP seeks to improve representation of detainees in immigration law proceedings. To learn more about the legal service organization and its pro bono program, please visit


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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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