National Justice for Our Neighbors
August, 2016
 
Refugees begin the path to US Citizenship with JFON West Michigan 
 

Justice for Our Neighbors West Michigan began hosting clinics to help refugees obtain their Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR or "Green Card" status) in 2004. JFON attorney Katrina Pradelski ran the July clinic at the First United Methodist Church of Grand Rapids. She reports that it was a very happy experience. 
 
“We were blessed to have so many volunteers to help us,” she says proudly. “We served several families and everybody left smiling.”
 
One of these volunteers had served in Afghanistan with the US Army. He immediately developed a rapport with an Afghan family seeking assistance at the clinic. While Katrina supervised the volunteers and answered any questions, the veteran played with the family’s children as he helped their mother fill out her application. 

“Seeing them bond as human beings regardless of the current military climate,” Katrina muses, “…it was just beautiful in so many ways.”
 
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Standing up for Refugees
 
The JFON network serves hundreds of refugees each year.  From January through June of 2016, we have helped nearly 300 refugees apply for their green cards. 
 
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Call to Action
Support the Refugee Protection Act of 2016
 
 
A guiding value of NJFON is to serve those immigrants who are most vulnerable and who seek safety through our country’s laws. We therefore strongly endorse the Refugee Protection Act of 2016, which has recently been introduced to Congress.
 
This bill would provide numerous protections for refugees at a time when the number of people fleeing persecution around the globe is at an all-time high.  More than half of the world’s 21 million refugees are children.
 
We encourage you to contact your senators and representatives to express your support for this bill. By expanding protections and rights to due process, we can literally save the lives of thousands of displaced individuals with bona fide claims to refugee status.  
 
 
Rob Rutland-Brown
Executive Director
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