Houston/East Texas Justice For Our Neighbors receives grant to provide immigration legal services to low-income individuals.
Houston/East Texas Justice for our Neighbors receives grant to provide immigration legal services to low-income individuals.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2016
The Texas Bar Foundation awarded Houston/East Texas Justice for our Neighbors (JFON) $10,000.00 to provide affordable, high quality immigration legal services and education to low-income individuals and families in the greater Houston and East Texas regions. Funding is for the period of April 22, 2016 to April 21, 2017.
With funding support from the Texas Bar Foundation and other resources, Houston/East Texas JFON will provide monthly legal clinics, outreach and education, and direct legal representation to clients, specifically to those in the Gallena Park, East End, and Sharpstown areas of Houston and the Tyler area of East Texas. 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.
“Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the States Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.