The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project Pro Bono Program

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Christopher Stender is a San Diego-based immigration attorney with over 25 years of experience practicing the law. Over the course of his career, Christopher Stender has worked within the Immigration and Naturalization Service and, in private practice, has engaged in pro bono legal work. Among the organizations he has previously supported is the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project.

The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP) is an Arizona-based nonprofit legal service that provides representation and access to social services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at the Florence and Eloy detention centers as well as children’s shelters in Phoenix. To achieve these goals, FIRRP relies on donations as well as a network of volunteers that includes expert witnesses, social workers and lawyers.

The lawyers who volunteer for FIRRP are critical to the success of the organization and are recruited through the FIRRP pro bono program. FIRRP recruits, mentors, and trains attorneys in order to connect volunteering attorneys with the resources and experience built of its 25-year history. The aim of this is to ensure high quality representation for detained immigrants subject to removal proceedings. The demands of the pro bono program vary and may require appearances before an immigration judge, a court of appeals, juvenile court, and federal district court. Furthermore, the topic matter of cases runs the gamut of immigration law, and often regular law.


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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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