Justice for Our Neighbors Southeastern MIchigan (JFON-SEMI) is a faith-driven ministry, welcoming immigrants and refugees into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality legal services to immigrants who cannot afford a private attorney. In addition, we are committed to providing education to both the immigrant community and the community at large, as well as opportunities to advocate for fair and humane laws and policies.

The JFON model was initiated by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries in 1999 and has served thousands of immigrants throughout the United States via a broad network of JFON sites throughout the country.

JFON-SEMI was formed in 2009 and hosts monthly legal clinics in Dearborn, Detroit and Ypsilanti. Immigrants can seek our help by making an appointment at 734-709-1151.

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2016 Annual Report


The year 2016 was a busy one. Free legal help for immigrants and refugees is needed more than ever. Click here to see the 2016 report for Justice For Our Neighbors – Southeastern Michigan (JFONSEMI).


Recent Immigration Orders

To learn about the Administration’s newly released orders impacting immigrants on Feb. 21, 2017 click here. Visit our Facebook page for timely updates and information on how you can respond and take action – Justice for Our Neighbors Southeastern Michigan

In response to the announced ban on travel issued by the President in late January, on Friday, February 3,2017 a federal court in the State of Washington issued a nationwide, temporary injunction barring the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol from preventing persons with valid immigrant and nonimmigrant visas from entering the United States if they are/were nationals of the seven countries. The administration has vowed to file an emergency appeal.

In the meantime, this is a window of opportunity for people affected by the ban to travel to the United States. Please bear in mind that there is a potential risk (emotional, financial, etc.) as the administration is in the process of filing an appeal, which could close this window.
This link is a great resource tracking all of the ongoing litigation by law students at the University of Michigan:https://www.clearinghouse.net/results.php?searchSpecialCollection=44
Thanks to Ruby Robinson from MIRC for this update.



JFON-SEMI Supports Refugees


Like many of you, we have been saddened yet galvanized by recent Executive Orders impacting our immigrant clients and neighbors. We are following developments closely, and are in touch with colleagues such as Michigan United, the General Board of Church and Society and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, about how to best respond to help our clients and others. There are many ways to share your voice and participate in national actions you support – too many to describe here, but outlined nicely on National JFON’s website.

Closer to home, here are two action alerts for your consideration:
1. Tell the Michigan House that you oppose the Sanctuary City Prohibition Act. http://p2a.co/gcOUUPx
2. Ask your state representative to support Representative Jeremy Moss’ resolution to denounce anti-refugee policies and urge the President of the United States to reverse his executive order blocking refugees from entering the United States. Find your representative at http://house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/
If you are interested in learning more about how to advocate for and against current and emerging legislation, follow us on FaceBook or send an email to director@jfonsemi.org. To support our work with a donation, please click here. Please be sure to select the box for Justice for Our Neighbors.


Bringing Lina Home


JFON of Southeastern Michigan comes to the rescue of a former Afghan interpreter for the U.S. Armed Forces as he struggles to bring his infant daughter to their new American home. 

Click here to read this inspiring story of how JFON SEMI makes a difference.


Board member, Suzanne Stichler shares why she gives to JFON-SEMI.

I have the good fortune to be a language teacher. As such, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know people from many different countries. I’ve learned that most are just like you and me. They come to our country, as my ancestors did, to make a better life for themselves and their families. Because our immigration system is very complex, and attorney fees are very expensive, I support JFON for the hand up it gives to immigrants who want to stay in compliance with our laws.

Your gift of $25 can sponsor an advice and counsel session for an immigrant seeking legal advice. Will you consider a donation to JFON-SEMI today? http://tinyurl.com/p8qqppv


JFON SEMI post election statement

As we face the transition to a new administration led by President Donald Trump, JFON SEMI continues to remain committed to providing high quality legal services to people facing immigration legal issues who cannot afford an attorney. We will stay educated and prepared to address the fears and provide solid, honest legal advice to the clients we meet.

We will continue to work with a coalition of non-profits and professional organizations who advocate for systemic immigration changes which will benefit the immigrant population as a whole in the United States. Immigration reform has been an uphill battle for years…and will continue to be an uphill battle. Recognize that the past 8 years have not necessarily been favorable to immigrants as there have been more deportations during this period than in any preceding administration. Together with our supporters and volunteers we are ready to face the challenges that the next administration may present!