The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project Pro Bono Program
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.