Imagine that you have fled your country out of fear for the safety of yourself and your children. You arrive in the United States and are still learning English. You seek to unite with your family, to work here lawfully, to remain safe from domestic violence. You do not know your rights or what you are eligible to apply for. You cannot afford a private immigration attorney to help. Justice For Our Neighbors ministry exists to help these vulnerable immigrants, providing quality, affordable legal services that help people access immigration laws in a compassionate and welcoming environment. Justice For Our Neighbors is a network of immigrant welcoming communities that provide immigration legal services, advocacy and education. JFON operates approximately 40 church-based immigration legal clinics serving more than 3,000 low-income clients a year through 15 locally managed and operated JFON sites. The national office (National Justice For Our Neighbors) provides essential funding, guidance, and oversight to all the Justice For Our Neighbor sites. JFON attorneys, with the help of countless volunteers, help families to unite, women and children to escape domestic violence, and individuals to attain employment authorization. JFON sites also participate in community education as well as local and national advocacy efforts.
Goals & Objectives
1. To serve more clients and conduct more legal cases as a network than any previous year. 2. To interact more as a network through new technologies and communications strategies. 3. To advise, train, and resource at least two new churches and/or Annual Conferences in starting local JFON ministries. 4. To promote and participate in UMC advocacy actions for just and compassionate immigration laws. 5. To double the size of our mailing list in order to disseminate up-to-date information about the JFON Network, social justice, and public policy
1. Legal mentoring and guidance to the network through trained regional attorneys 2. Training of volunteers who conduct client intakes, provide hospitality, advocate for just laws 3. Sharing best practices with sites and facilitating communication so sites can learn from one another 4. Sponsorship of annual gathering of sites to connect, learn, and share in the challenges and joys of serving low-income immigrants