I first learned about the Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) network when I was a college student. I remember immediately thinking "This is what the work of the church is all about." The mission of JFON so precisely meets many of the needs faced by congregations across the United States.
In my current role as Director of Policy and Advocacy with the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program, I get emails and calls every week from pastors and lay leaders trying to find an immigration attorney to help a member of their congregation or community. JFON sites across the country bring together the expertise of attorneys, the hospitality of congregations, and the support of community members to walk hand-in-hand with individuals as they navigate the complexities of immigration law in order to keep their families together, reunite with their relatives and make a better life for their children.
When I was asked a few years ago to join the National JFON board, I immediately said "yes!". National JFON is the glue that holds the JFON network together, providing critical resources, organizing a platform for sharing best practices, and enhancing the capacity of each JFON site to effectively carry out their mission. Being part of this collective ministry is spiritual practice for me.
Getting to know JFON attorneys, volunteers, and clients brings me a joyful hope about the role that people of faith have in both providing needed services to people impacted by our broken immigration policies, and in building relationships and shepherding conversations that have the power to change hearts and minds and build stronger, more welcoming communities. To learn more about the JFON network, please watch this 2-minute video.
By donating to National JFON, we are providing togetherness to a family, safety to an asylum seekter; opportunity to someone building a better life; peace to someone who has been traumatized by immigration detention.
Join me in donating to this remarkable organization coordinating a network of legal services and hope for the future.