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 http://www.firrp.org.