A father and his son arrived in the United States from Central America two years ago with legal work permits. They came to the newest clinic for Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors in Decorah to renew their permits as the expiration date approached. A second son, who had also immigrated with his father, had only recently reached the eligibility age of 15 for a work permit. With tears in his eyes, fearing that his son would be deported without proper papers, the father asked, “What can we do about my younger son?” Fortunately, the JFON attorney was able to help the father and both of his sons care for the needed paperwork successfully.
First United Methodist Church in Decorah is the home for the monthly JFON clinic, which opened in September. Ann Naffier, the staff attorney assigned to the new clinic, indicated that northeast Iowa residents have “very little access to any immigration legal services at all, let alone free or low-cost services.”
Justice for Our Neighbors offers free, professional legal services to low-income immigrants. Legal clinics are available throughout Iowa staffed by JFON lawyers with the help of local volunteers. Apportionment gifts from United Methodist churches in Iowa partially fund their efforts. Donations can be made using their Iowa Advance Special #375. Learn more at their website www.iajfon.org.