The Florence Project’s Pro Bono Program
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.