National Justice for Our Neighbors
July 2016 
New Attorney and New Clinic for Reopened San Antonio JFON   
After a two-year hiatus, San Antonio Region Justice for Our Neighbors  joyously reopened its doors at Emanuel United Methodist Church on June 24, 2016.
For a ministry serving low-income immigrants, the key to success can be summed up in three words: location, location, and location. Emanuel UMC lies in the very heart of the West side of the city, home to many vulnerable immigrants living at or below the poverty level.
“People can use the bus or walk to get here,” explains Suzanne Isaacs, SARJFON’s executive director. “The board did not consider locating our clinic in any other part of San Antonio.”
In addition to its fortunate location, SARJFON is further blessed with a fully engaged board, volunteers, an enthusiastic pastor, and vital support from the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, church members, and the community.
SARJFON also has a new attorney, Juan Castro, equally committed to the work and the immigrant neighbors he serves. 
    Read on here.
What if it were me?
Immigration Court with the Micah Corps and JFON Nebraska  
What does the Lord require of you?
Do Justice. Love Kindness. Walk humbly with God.
Each summer, the Great Plains Conference of The United Methodist Church brings together a group of outstanding college-age students and encourages them to live out the words of Micah 6:8 while confronting the difficult social justice issues of our time. 

While their backgrounds may be widely dissimilar—one from a small town in Kansas, and the other a native of Togo—both Maria Penrod and Divine Dansou chose immigration as their focus this summer.
When they were invited by Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska attorney Anna Deal to observe proceedings at Omaha’s Immigration Court, they welcomed the opportunity to experience some small part of the migrant’s journey through our legal system.   
It was a “juvenile docket” day in late June—a day when unaccompanied minors (UAMs) are scheduled to appear before the judge in Immigration Court.
“Although these hearings are open to the public,” says Anna, “few people are aware that hundreds of children and teens in Nebraska and Iowa are required to appear in adversarial removal proceedings each year, often without permanent counsel.”
JFON-NE helped develop the “Attorney of the Day” program to assist these UAMs without resources and without lawyers. JFON-NE recruits and trains attorneys to provide pro-bono services for the young migrants' day in court. Through this program almost all of these children and teenagers without attorneys are provided with legal representation when they first come before the immigration judge.
Read more here. 
The Struggle for Immigrant Justice Continues  
Following the US Supreme Court’s split decision on US v. Texas, millions of immigrant mothers, fathers, and children across this nation face bitter disappointment and dashed hopes for a future lived openly, freely, and together as family.   
Our courts and our Congress have let us down. Now it is up to us—all of us.
Our JFON network continues to stand in solidarity with families, regardless of their immigration status, who labor daily to provide safety and security for their children. 
We will continue to seek fairness for the parents of U.S. citizen children and permanent residents.  
We will continue to work with all who struggle for immigrant justice. 
For a better understanding of the US Supreme Court’s action—or inaction—we invite you to read this account provided by Shane Ellison, National JFON consulting attorney and legal director for Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska.
     Read here.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to our
#KeepFamilies2gether campaign!  
Because of your generous support, more immigrant families throughout the United States will have access to free and low-cost immigration legal services, including vitally important counsel of their rights and options under US Immigration Law.  

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