For the last 21 years, Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) has provided legal services to support immigrants and refugees in the state of Iowa as a ministry of the Iowa Annual Conference. In April 2021, Justice For Our Neighbors will merge with the American Friends Service Committee* to create the Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice with continued support from the Iowa Annual Conference and the national JFON network.
Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice will continue to provide legal service for immigrants and refugees to aid with their legal status and add additional assistance for advocacy and community organizing to influence legislation in Iowa.
Please consider taking a special offering in your church to support Iowa JFON through this transition this spring.
Here is a brief video update from Amy Guardado
, the Director of Development for Iowa JFON. This video can be shown to introduce the offering.
For your bulletin or newsletter insert: Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors has provided legal services to support immigrants and refugees in the state of Iowa for the last 21 years. This year they will be embarking on a new adventure and merge with the American Friends Service Committee and become the Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice. This merger will provide additional services and advocacy for immigrants and the communities in which they live. Please support Iowa JFON as they make this exciting merger. Your donations are needed to help their continued efforts to welcome low-income immigrants of all faiths into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.
Checks can be sent to The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, 2301 Rittenhouse Street, Des Moines, IA 50321. Indicated Advance Special #0375 on the memo line of the check. You can also donate online at https://iaumc-reg.brtapp.com/IJFON
. Thank you for your continued support of Iowa’s immigrants and refugees. All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Until April 1, 2021, follow Iowa JFON on Facebook
to watch the exciting new things they will offer to immigrants and communities as they merge with the American Friends Service Committee and for information about Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors, visit their website at http://www.iowajfon.org
or email Amy Guardado at firstname.lastname@example.org
Iowa JFON and Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice invites all churches to request a visit via Zoom or in-person (post-COVID) to discuss immigration issues and opportunities to further social justice locally and state-wide.
*Founded in 1917, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, AFSC nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.