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Paul Test News Article

Paul Test News Article

10/1/2010
Here is a caption for an image that is floated to the right. All is well and things are also great. Th’art nesh thee nay lad soft lad wacken thi sen up t’foot o’ our stairs. Nay lad where’s tha bin. Th’art nesh thee a pint ‘o mild any rooad t’foot o’ our stairs. Where there’s muck there’s brass t’foot o’ our stairs ah’ll gi’ thee a thick ear. Ah’ll learn thi tintintin tell thi summat for nowt soft lad mardy bum. Chuffin’ nora ah’ll box thi ears soft lad ee by gum tell thi summat for nowt ah’ll...

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 and clean for him. One day she finally convinced him to allow her to go to the store for groceries. Although she did not speak a word of English, and ...

Brynne Howard is Valuable Resource for Community Meeting

Brynne Howard is Valuable Resource for Community Meeting

Justice for Our Neighbors attorneys spend the majority of their time with clients.   Another aspect of their value to the immigrant community and to the religious community is serving as resources for advocacy.  In northwest Iowa on June 14 a day of panels on topics related to immigration was held at Our Place Multicultural Center in Storm Lake.  JFON’s Brynne Howard, Esq. was invited to participate in a panel on the DACA program.  (Above at right: Brynne Howard explains immigration issue to ...

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 for citizenship. Her application was denied for this very minor reason.  Martha’s previous attorney filed an appeal with evidence that she did meet ...

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 months and providing advice and counsel to several others who lacked a remedy under the law.  It has been my honor to be able to advocate for these ...

Justice for Our Neighbors Depends on the Whole Church Community

Justice for Our Neighbors Depends on the Whole Church Community

A successful lunch during the Iowa Annual Conference  gathered supporters of Iowa Justice for  Our Neighbors  and members and friends of the Conference Board of Global Ministries.  A record crowd of 100 folks came to Trinity United Methodist Church where Las Americas Comunidad de Fe and Amor y Paz members prepared some excellent Latino fare.  Many thank-you’s to all of the JFON volunteers who helped with the food preparation, the serving, the program and the clean-up. Two JFON attorneys spoke ...

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 for them, and Hadia and her young son immigrated legally. But after she came to the U.S. the relationship became a nightmare.  She experienced ...

We Couldn’t Do the Ministry Without You

The generosity of the donation at the Iowa Annual Conference is another reminder that Justice for Our Neighbors couldn’t minister to refugees and immigrants without the over-whelming support of faithful United Methodists here in Iowa.   The collection of  $5,766.00 during the Ordering of Ministry Service is humbling, but motivating as well.   What a good feeling to know that our volunteers who give their time and energy and prayers are supported by the Iowa Annual Conference members in this ...

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