Medical Issues of Mothers and Children in Family Detention Facilities

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Arizona Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)


An alumnus of Syracuse University College of Law, immigration attorney Christopher Stender has more than 20 years of legal experience in law firms with a presence in San Diego, California. Moreover, Christopher Stender maintains active membership with numerous professional organizations and previously served as a vice president with the Arizona Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

AILA was established in 1946 to support those who teach immigration law and serve those seeking permanent residence in the United States. One of the many immigration-related issues with which AILA concerns itself relates to family detention.

This term refers to the holding of individuals who are in the U.S. without proper certification, which includes a large number of women who have been abused and children who have fled dangerous circumstances in areas such as Guatemala, Honduras, and elsewhere throughout Central America.

Endangered people who are being held in detention centers face a myriad of potential consequences, including the manifestation and substandard treatment of disease, including mental disorders. The AILA website provides many documents on such matters, including a complaint recently filed with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties by an organization dedicated to ending family detention. The document underscores the dangers associated with placing traumatized individuals in such facilities, which resemble jails and generally fail to provide the medical resources that such individuals require.


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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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