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2220 Broadway St
Houston, TX, 77012

(713) 454-6470

Justice For Our Neighbors Houston / East Texas (JFON Houston-ETX) is part of a network of more than 15 locally funded and managed sites that operate approximately 40 church-based immigration legal clinics serving more than 3,000 low-income clients a year.

JFON sites take on a wide range of immigration cases, including asylum cases for those seeking protection from persecution or even death, survivors of human trafficking who  apply for protection, detention cases, and many more.  The Justice For Our Neighbors network also leads immigrant communities to better understand their rights and equip faith communities to respond quickly to emerging threats, such as workplace raids or emerging ministry opportunities created by changes in immigration policy or practice.


United Methodist roots.  Global hospitality.

Justice For Our Neighbors grew out of the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s long commitment to refugees and immigrants. Since UMCOR’s founding in 1940, refugee ministry has been at the heart of its work, guided by Christian values of hospitality to the stranger. 

UMCOR established Justice For Our Neighbors in 1999. Since then, Justice For Our Neighbors has grown to a network of 15 sites that support more than 40 clinics serving more than 4,000 clients annually.

We're proud to have established the newest site, serving the Houston and East Texas areas.

Who we are.

Rev. Diane McGehee, Esq.
Director of Missional Excellence, Texas Annual Conference

The Justice For Our Neighbors Houston / East Texas Board of Directors is comprised of fourteen members.

Patricia Hunt Holmes, Ph.D., Esq.

Mary Lou Strange, Esq.

Edward L. Tyrrell, C.P.A.

Louis Holzer, Esq.

Paula Ryburn
Assistant Treasurer

Laura Menges
Assistant Secretary

Miriam Aguila

Ralph E. Allen, Esq.

John Esquivel, Esq.

Gregory N. Jones, Esq.

Stephen G. Tipps, Esq.

Susan Yang, CEBS

Rev. Will Reed



Our Advisory Board members support the mission of JFON in several capacities.

Ingrid Akers

Denice Allen

Gilda B. Bayegan, Esq.

Mohammad Bayegan

John M. Howard, Jr.

Rev. Karen Jones

Patsy Lesley

Debbie Moffett

Rev. Andy Noel

Scott Moore

Edgar Saldivar, Esq.

Stephen Zamora, Esq.


Houston Staff

Brenda Diaz, Executive Director

Joy Green, Esq., Staff Attorney