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Feed My Starving Children’s Impact on a Young Haitian Boy

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Feed My Starving Children

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Christopher Stender is an immigration attorney who has had numerous published Board of Immigration Appeals and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decisions. Christopher Stender also supports various organizations and charities, including Feed My Starving Children.

A nonprofit, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) works hard to create nutritious meal formulas that meet the dietary needs of starving people on six continents. The group has many success stories, as the meals can transform the lives of those in need. One life touched was that of a young Haitian boy named Paul Evans, who weighed 17 pounds when he was 2 years old, 8 pounds below the minimum of 25 pounds that he should have weighed.

His parents were farmers who barely earned five dollars a day and had a hard time getting Paul the nutrients he needed. His father took him down a mountain to visit Real Hope for Haiti, an FMSC partner, which diagnosed Paul with a form of malnutrition that causes intense swelling. They immediately began providing the young boy with MannaPack Rice and he started to gain weight. The meals saved his life and turned him from a sickly child into a playful, smiling boy.

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The Events Behind FMSC’s Success in Feeding the World

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Feed My Starving Children

Christopher Stender is an immigration attorney based in Phoenix, Arizona. Since 2012, he has been an attorney and partner at Federal Immigration Counselors AZ. Outside of work, Christopher Stender supports various charitable causes, including Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).

FMSC is a Christian nonprofit organization founded in 1987 to focus on breaking the cycle of poverty by providing physical and spiritual nourishment to children. Since its founding, FMSC has worked with various partners around the globe, including orphanages and schools. Today, FMSC’s presence makes a difference in more than 70 countries.

FMSC manages to help numerous people at once by utilizing willing volunteers. Each year, FMSC organizes Mobilepack events for volunteers across the country to come together to pack food. These events attract large numbers of volunteers. In 2015, for example, 800,000 people from 35 states packed approximately 64 million meals.

If you’re interested in volunteering for this event, visit

Go Outside with the YMCA

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Immigration attorney Christopher Stender has been a successful lawyer in the California region for nearly a decade. Outside of his work as an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender enjoys participating in YMCA activities with his daughter.

The YMCA has a strong focus on youth development, healthy family relationships, and keeping children active and involved, and its programs support these values. The YMCA hosts an innumerable amount of member programs and events, often varying by location and depending on local activities available. One common program offered nationwide is the Let’s Move! Outside initiative, which was begun by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Let’s Move! Outside is meant to encourage children and young adults to take advantage of nature and outdoor activities. The YMCA partners with the Department of the Interior for the initiative, and hopes to inspire children to do service projects as well as play outdoors more. To support this, the YMCA offers a host of events and services, such as summer programs and free national park coverage for youth. To find an event near you, visit

The Florence Project’s Pro Bono Program

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Florence Project

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.

YMCA of San Diego Raised $6.3 Million for 2015 Year

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YMCA of San Diego

Christopher Stender is an immigration attorney in San Diego, California. Dedicated to helping others, attorney Christopher Stender supports the YMCA, particularly Indian Princesses, through which he helps with the camp outs for Daddies and Daughters.

The YMCA of San Diego County strives to improve lives by helping individuals develop their minds, bodies, and souls. The organization seeks to form a strong bond with community members, including families residing in underserved areas. Its goal is to engage one in eight households in programs that can help individuals to grow and thrive.

To help meet its goals, the YMCA of San Diego seeks financial assistance from its community. In 2015, the nonprofit had almost 400,000 members and participants at its 39 facilities, with 48 percent of them children under the age of 18. Thanks to donations made by 14,594 supporters, the organization raised almost $6.3 million in 2015. The donations allowed 77,008 individuals to receive financial assistance.

AILA Commends Congressman Mike Honda for the Reuniting Families Act

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American Immigration Lawyers Association

An experienced immigration attorney, Christopher Stender served as partner at a San Diego, California-based law firm for several years. During that time, immigration attorney Christopher Stender maintained membership with several industry-based organizations, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where he was a part of its San Diego and Arizona chapters.

A national association dedicated to promoting justice and advocating for fair immigration law and policy, the AILA has its headquarters in Washington, DC. It encourages members to get involved through networking opportunities, continuing education, and pro bono activities. The organization often speaks out when bills come to light on the nation’s capital.

In March 2016, the AILA commended Congressman Mike Honda, a democrat in California, for reintroducing the Reuniting Families Act (RFA). This bill would recognize family unity as a priority in the U.S. legal immigration system. The RFA seeks to fix this system by allowing a specific number of green cards for family reunification. The AILA also believes that this bill will help the economy because it will give people an opportunity to pursue employment opportunities.

USCIS Responds to April 2016 Earthquakes

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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Immigration Attorney Christopher Stender has built a career assisting those who are seeking to move permanently to the United States. As an immigration attorney, Christopher Stender holds an interest in the broad range of issues that these individuals face. This includes the challenges of those affected by the recent earthquakes in Japan, Burma, and Ecuador.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the governmental organization that oversees legal immigration to the U.S., offers humanitarian provisions for a wide range of situations, including natural disasters. If individuals from outside the U.S. can show how a disaster affected them personally, there are a number of ways USCIS can help them.

USCIS provides immigration relief measures for people affected by the multiple earthquakes in April 2016. These provisions include extending the entry period for those who do not qualify for a visa and a fee waiver for qualified individuals seeking a visa. The organization also offers people with nonimmigrant status the opportunity to change or extend their status. Considerations like these can alleviate some of the burdens for people who need to begin rebuilding their lives after these recent natural disasters.