National Justice For Our Neighbors
November 2015 Update 
On December 1st National Justice For Our Neighbors will participate in #GivingTuesday
For you night owls, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will match up to the first $1 million raised across participating UMCOR advances (limited to $2,500 per gift and $25,000 per advance) 
  Please DONATE HERE. (UMCOR Advance #901285).
Harvest of Justice 
JFON Tennessee comes to aid of Victimized Farmworkers
 Duette, Manatee County

Seen from a distance, the strawberry fields of this Central Florida farm are pretty. People driving by can admire the expanse of neat rows of green stubby plants, the glimpses of the summer red berries. You can see the workers bent over in the fields, but they are faceless, nameless. The day is sunny and the sky is blue. It all makes for a pleasant pastoral scene.

Get out of your car, however, walk into the fields, and it’s an entirely different picture. The furrows between the plants are thick with mud. The workers do not have boots; they wear regular sneakers and the mud has soaked through, squishing between their toes. Many of them have developed foot fungal problems. The workers don’t have gloves, and the pesticides the farmer uses on the fields cause skin rashes and make their eyes burn.

The workers are moving fast through the fields and, although it’s a hot day, they don’t often stop for water. The water they are given “tastes like mud,” explains Tomás, a young man from Honduras. It tastes like it hasn’t been stored properly; it burns going down the throat and causes stomach cramps. Drinking it just makes them thirstier, so what’s the point of drinking at all? 
In the Strawberry Fields, by Caitlin Kastner of South Florida JFON

Back in Honduras, Tomás has a wife and two daughters. The 5-year-old is sickly and her medicine is expensive. There isn’t a lot of work available, but there is a man in town who sells—illegally, of course—H-2A visas, meant for seasonal agricultural workers. Tomás borrowed $3,500 to buy one. He was promised four months of work at $10.25 per hour. He was told he would be provided proper equipment and training.

It didn’t take Tomás long to realize he’d been told lies.
Read on here.
Starting Over 
A New Beginning for Justice for Our Neighbors in Washington D.C. & Maryland 
The snack table is set, forms and supplies are at the ready, toys to occupy the youngsters are out, and the volunteers of the Epworth UMC JFON clinic are eagerly awaiting their new attorney, Angela Edman.

After a hiatus of several months during a staff attorney transition, DC-MD JFON is back in business, with clinics in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and two in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Angela, with extensive experience in asylum as well as other types of immigration cases both here and abroad, is the capable attorney at the helm for all four clinics. 
Read on here.
About the Artist 
Caitlin Kastner, a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist Church currently serving with Justice For Our Neighbors South Florida, supplied us with the wonderful illustrations for our story above of Tomás and his struggles as a victimized farmworker.
Please stay tuned to our upcoming December NJFON newsletter and a profile of Caitlin, her fellow JFON missionary, Emily Kvalheim, and the important work they are doing with farmworkers, unaccompanied migrant children, and other immigrant neighbors in South Florida.
Meanwhile, we leave you with this photo. As Caitlin says, it’s a thing in Miami!

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