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CLIENT STORIES from IOWA JUSTICE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS

JFON Client stories

8/2/2017

Please share these stories of Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors clients with your churches.     Client Story  from Brynne Howard  (June 9, 2017 Staff Report to JFON Board)   Martha and her husband, Marcos had already had been led down several dead-end paths and spent thousands of dollars on attorneys trying to obtain legal status for Martha by the ...


Client stories from Justice For Our Neighbors

Client stories from Justice For Our Neighbors

5/31/2017

These stories are written by JFON staff. All names have been changed to protect confidentiality. Jose Jose came to us after he was diagnosed with cancer. He was unable to pay his private attorney because he was undergoing chemotherapy and unable to work. Due to a misunderstanding with his previous attorney, he had allowed his work authorization to...


God “loves the righteous”—Psalm 146

6/3/2016

In the Disciples by The Upper Room for June 1, I came across thoughts about God’s desire for righteousness, which seem to apply to us, here and now, in the United Methodist Church, as supporters of the ministry of Justice for Our Neighbors.  “In the midst of reciting God’s acts of compassion on behalf of the oppressed and hurting, the psalmist ...


Iowa JFON supports funding of the Refugee Rise Americorps program

Iowa JFON supports funding of the Refugee Rise Americorps program

3/30/2016

March 2016 Iowa JFON joins with the Iowa Conference United Methodist Church Legislative Advocacy Team in urging the funding of the Refugee Rise Americorps program SF 2298.  We also urge you to contact your legislators to continue this program by supporting SF 2298. Let me tell you how important this program is to Iowa JFON.   The Refugee RISE ...


Going to Immigration Court

1/28/2016

At the Decorah United Methodist Church’s Justice for Our Neighbors legal clinic in January, Alicia met a group of folks who take Jesus’ counsel in Matthew 25 seriously.   I was blessed to help out this group of Good Samaritans and do some transportation for Alicia as a follow-up to her appointment with immigration attorney Ann Naffier, staff ...


Saving Starfish—Making a difference in the lives of young immigrants, one by one

Saving Starfish—Making a difference in the lives of young immigrants, one by one

1/11/2016

From: http://njfon.org/saving-starfish/ Over 1000 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agents, heavily armed and wearing full SWAT gear, executed the largest workplace raid in U.S. history in Postville, Iowa on May 12, 2008. Nearly 400 immigrant workers at the Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse and meatpacking plant ...


Jesse’s Future

5/6/2015

Jesse is a young woman from Guatemala.  She came to the U.S. with her parents when she was just 5 years old.  Eventually both her father and mother, who were legal permanent residents, applied for Jesse’s residency as well.  These applications can take many years to process, and by the time Jesse’s residency was ready for approval, she was a senior...


Client Story from Brynne Howard for the March 28, 2015 JFON committee meeting

3/30/2015

In 2011, JFON helped a teacher from Guatemala, Raymundo* obtain withholding of removal (a form of relief similar to asylum) based on persecution he feared due to his active membership in a teacher’s union.   In 2014, Raymundo contacted JFON again because his 14 year-old daughter, Gloria* was detained on the border.  She had entered the United ...


April Palma joins JFON as the unaccompanied minors attorney in March 2015

April Palma joins JFON as the unaccompanied minors attorney in March 2015

3/12/2015

April Palma joined JFON as the unaccompanied minors attorney in March 2015. April grew up near Denver, CO and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Political Science and International Affairs in 2011. She received her law degree from Drake Law School in 2014. During Law school April clerked for Iowa Legal Aid and ...


On Race and Hope – A Community Valuing All People

On Race and Hope – A Community Valuing All People

11/26/2014

By Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble Note: These words from Bishop Julius C. Trimble were shared as part of a lecture at Cornell College Mt. Vernon Iowa, November 11,2014. He shares them as an offering for constructive conversation and as lament and hope as we seek a more excellent way in light of Protest and destruction in Ferguson, Missouri. When it ...


A Story with a Happy Ending

Laura* was a 13-year-old girl in Mexico when a 30-year-old man befriended her and promised her a house, work and school in Los Angeles. He said he just wanted to help her to be able to help support her mother and younger sisters in Mexico. Instead he kept her locked up in his Los Angeles apartment for two years, raped her, and forced her to cook ...


Finally, Martha* is a Citizen

Martha, who is originally from Kenya, came to Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors after her citizenship application had been pending for almost two years. She filed her application when she lived in Ohio. At her first citizenship interview, the officer did not believe she met the requirement that she live in Ohio 90 days prior to filing her application ...


Joy Moore Explains Her Work with Iowa JFON

  One of our priorities at Iowa JFON is the representation of abused immigrants, one of the most vulnerable and exploited populations in our midst.  Since November 2013, we have been able to increase our capacity to serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with a grant from the Department of Justice, opening more than 60 new cases in 7...


Preparing the Best Case for Hadia

Hadia* is a current client who was referred to our Domestic Violence Project by a non-profit agency working with victims of violence in rural Iowa.  Hadia had married her U.S. citizen husband in her home country and their time together there was idyllic, complete with the joyful news of a new baby.  Her husband returned to the U.S. so he could send...