My great grandfather Sepulveda was a circuit judge in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. As members of the more educated class, his family enjoyed a respectable status in their community. But this all changed with the Revolution. Troubled times came upon the family such that my grandmother and her siblings felt it necessary to emigrate to Texas. Fighting the odds of living in a new culture and learning a new language, they worked very hard to re-establish a quality of life for themselves. Their children faced no small amount of racism, but they were able to assimilate with the help of the local church. In our present day we are all witnesses to the global phenomenon of human migration generated by famine,genocide and war. The scope of the tragedy is difficult to comprehend let alone interpret. That is why I am grateful for the ministry of Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON). They serve as a redemptive agent by delivering the oppressed from unjust legal situations. JFON is also restorative in lifting up of human dignity to battered immigrants. This remarkable faith-based ministry facilitates opportunities that my own immigrant ancestors and their children fought hard to achieve. They were only able to thrive with the loving help of the church. From my perspective, this is my best venue for paying forward what was done for my family. I think Judge Sepulveda would have approved.
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