A refugee sought help from Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) in northwest Iowa to navigate complex immigration laws. Josue came to the United States in 1989 to escape the civil war in El Salvador and applied for asylum in 1993. In 2007 he finally received an asylum interview. He came to JFON for assistance.
Justice for Our Neighbors offers free, professional legal services to low-income immigrants. It is one of the refugee services affiliated with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and supported through the Board of Global Ministries of the Iowa Conference. Legal clinics are offered throughout the state by JFON lawyers with the help of local volunteers. Apportionment gifts for Iowa United Methodist churches partially fund their efforts. Donations can be made using their Iowa Advance Special #375. Learn more at their website www.iajfon.org.
Josue’s asylum case was denied because the civil war in El Salvador had ended. JFON helped him apply for late registration for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In response to violent volcanoes and earthquakes in El Salvador in 2000, Congress authorized TPS to allow certain Salvadorans who lived in the United States before the natural disaster to remain in the U.S. legally until El Salvador recovers. Josue was granted TPS and now is able to remain in the U.S. until the TPS program ends.