JFON Receives Grant to Increase Legal Representation for Victims
The Texas Bar Foundation has awarded Justice for our Neighbors (JFON) Houston $15,000 to provide affordable, high quality immigration legal services to low income immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, female genital mutilation and human trafficking and educate the public on these issues and immigrant rights. Funding is for the period of April 28, 2017 to April 27, 2018.
With support from the Texas Bar Foundation and other resources, JFON Houston will be able to continue to provide monthly legal clinics, outreach and education, and direct legal representation to clients, specifically to those in the Galena Park, East End, and the Sharpstown areas of Houston. These particular areas have growing numbers of immigrants and been largely underserved by immigration legal service providers.
JFON holds monthly legal clinics in two locations in Houston. Legal services include representation for a variety of immigration cases such as asylum, naturalization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and U visas, which aim to protect victims of violence. Successful resolution to cases result in immigrants being reunited with families, achieving immigration status, and enjoying the right to work and engage in civic participation. JFON also educates immigrant communities about their rights and responsibilities under the law.