The Florence Project’s Pro Bono Program

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Christopher Stender is an immigration attorney and member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. A graduate of the Syracuse University School of Law, Christopher Stender has nearly two decades of experience and is a volunteer for organizations such as the Florence Project.

An Arizona-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Florence Project provides pro bono legal services for individuals of all ages in immigration custody. Through these free legal services, the project works to address the estimated 86 percent of individuals who, due to poverty, do not have a lawyer in immigration removal proceedings. The Florence Project maintains several programs, including an advocacy program, direct services, and a pro bono program.

Through the pro bono program, the Florence Project recruits lawyers who are willing to represent detained immigrants in removal proceedings. These attorneys benefit in that they gain professional experience while making a difference in unequal representation in the legal system. Immigration proceedings include a range of subjects, such as citizenship claims, refugee status adjustments, political asylum determinations, and many others, so the project also provides training and mentoring to attorneys. Criminal law lawyers are recruited for the program to assist with post-conviction cases.

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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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