Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) is a faith-driven ministry, welcoming immigrants into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education and advocacy. The JFON program was initiated by the General Board of Global Ministries in 1999 and has served thousands of immigrants throughout the United States.
The United Methodist Community on Relief (UMCOR) sponsors the program with 24 clinic sites operating nationwide. JFON-Southeastern Michigan was formed in 2009 with sites hosted at Dearborn First United Methodist Church , The Baldwin Center in Ponitac, MI and Ypsilanti First United Methodist Church Habla Español? Clic acá
JFON-SEMI Welcomes new Staff Attorneys – Melanie D. Goldberg and Virginia A. Norkevicius
Melanie D. Goldberg has been practicing Immigration Law in the Detroit area for more than 15 years. Through the years she has both maintained her own practice and associated with trusted colleagues. She graduated from New York Law School and is admitted to practice in Michigan and New York. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves on the Executive Committee of the Michigan Chapter. Melanie is actively involved in AILA’s National Day of Action (lobbying for better immigration laws). She frequently educates on issues of immigration as a guest speaker to any group willing to listen.
Virginia A. Norkevicius has been practicing immigration law since 1992, in both the public and private sectors. Her passion for immigration law was sparked by her parents, who are immigrants. Virginia served as an Attorney with the Archdiocese of Detroit, and Marshal E. Hyman and Associates, and is currently a part-time Attorney with D’Luge, Miles, Miles & Cameron P.L.C. Virginia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is a certified special education teacher. She is fluent in Lithuanian and an active member of Michigan’s Lithuanian Community.