San Diego, California-based immigration attorney Christopher Stender advocates on behalf of immigrants in need of legal counsel. A partner in the bilingual law firm of Stender & Lappin, PC, Christopher Stender accepts challenging cases that have at times resulted in groundbreaking legal decisions. Outside of work, he has contributed to the nonprofit Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP).
Through the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, individuals of all ages detained by the State of Arizona’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement can receive free legal services. FIRRP fills a gap in the legal system that does not cover provision of legal aid for people with low income who are involved in immigration removal proceedings. FIRRP offers these immigrants and their families hope through advocacy and outreach. Through donations from the public, the nonprofit recruits, trains, and mentors attorneys to act as pro bono representatives during the various levels of court proceedings required for a specific case. Cases may involve such action as cancellation of the removal order for a legal permanent resident or political asylum.