As most of you know I have spent the past 30 years of my professional life working in the non-profit community in Omaha and across Nebraska. Sometimes that has been providing direct one-on-one service to individuals and sometimes that has been developing systems to help solve a problem. A unifying thread has been work with organizations serving emerging communities—recent immigrants and refugees from all over the world. I have been struck by what a kaleidoscope the response to these newcomers is —all the way from enthusiastic welcome to deep fear and hateful distrust.
Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) has been present in so many instances to help families secure their basic legal rights, to help them secure access to our justice system. How has that happened? Not without a lot of very skilled and professional support. Immigration law is highly complex and at the national level, JFON strengthens the local site’s ability to provide the highest quality of immigration legal services. The result is that the direct legal service is savvy and effective.
Justice does result and so our communities are stronger. Families are more secure. Kids grow up with hope and a desire to give back to their new communities. Inequality is reduced, poverty is reduced, and children are more hopeful and resilient because National Justice for Our Neighbors (NJFON) helps local sites develop the capacity and skills to serve those who desire to be full participants in our communities. Please join me in helping NJFON do more!
To learn more about NJFON, please watch this video.