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Upcoming Legal Clinics:

Legal Clinics will be offered at all six Iowa Justice For Our Neighbor Sites: Cedar Rapids,
Columbus Junction, Decorah, Des Moines, Ottumwa, and Storm Lake

Please contact Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors at 515-255-9809 for more information.




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515-255-9809

      Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors


P.O. Box 41006, Des Moines, Iowa 50311
TEL (515) 255-9809/FAX (515) 619-5779









Find out more about Iowa JFON and our recent event to
"Give Children and Families a Chance"!
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17 de noviembre de 2015 

Contacto:

Brynne Howard, abogada
(515) 255-9809 ext. 204
brynne.iowajfon@gmail.com

Ann Naffier, abogada
(515) 255-9809 ext. 202
ann.iowajfon@gmail.com

Comunicado de Prensa: Justicia para Nuestros Vecinos de Iowa hace un llamado al gobernador Terry Brandstad exhortándolo a retirar inmediatamente su orden de que las agencias del estado interrumpan su ayuda al reasentamiento de refugiados sirios en Iowa.

Los abogados, personal y voluntarios de Justicia para Nuestros Vecinos de Iowa hacen un llamado al gobernador Terry Brandstad a retirar inmediatamente su orden de que las agencias del estado interrumpan su ayuda al reasentamiento de refugiados sirios en Iowa.  La abogada Brynne Howard declara, “la orden del Gobernador es infundada legal y objetivamente, así como una amenaza a las décadas de trabajo por parte de las comunidades del clero, de negocio, educación y autoridades de Iowa para hacer de éste un estado que da la bienvenida a los refugiados”.

Nosotros instamos en cambio a que el gobernador Brandstad mantenga la declaración que hizo el mes pasado durante la presentación del gobernador Robert Ray para el Premio Inaugural Especial de Iowa por su valiente decisión de reasentar a refugiados vietnamitas en Iowa: “el gobernador Ray es un gran ejemplo para todos cuando dijo, y cito, ‘pienso que lo que esto muestra es que todos podemos hacer algo y marcar la diferencia en este mundo. No podríamos hacer todo pero podemos hacer algo’”.

Antecedentes:

La abogada Ann Naffier manifiesta, “la afirmación en la orden del Gobernador de que ‘el gobierno federal tiene asegurar que los refugiados hayan sido debidamente examinados y que se hayan aplicado los protocolos de seguridad antes de permitirse la entrada a Estados Unidos’ ignora el hecho de que varias leyes federales aprobadas en respuesta al ataque terrorista del 11 de septiembre ya requieren que los oficiales de inmigración examinen a todos los potenciales refugiados por conexiones con el terrorismo.”

Añade la Sra. Naffier, “además, la orden del Gobernador añadirá más demora al ya largo examen de terroristas y proceso de apelación que con frecuencia deja a los refugiados que huyen de las guerras civiles en un estado de limbo democrático durante años”.

Justicia para Nuestros Vecinos de Iowa es una organización no lucrativa que proporciona servicios legales de inmigración a inmigrantes de bajos recursos.

November 17, 2015

Contact:
Brynne Howard, Atty
(515) 255-9809 ext. 204
brynne.iowajfon@gmail.com

Ann Naffier, Atty
(515) 255-9809 ext. 202
ann.iowajfon@gmail.com

Press Release: Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors calls on Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to immediately cancel his order halting state agencies from aiding Syrian refugee resettlement in Iowa.

The attorneys, staff, and volunteers of Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors call on Governor Terry Branstad to immediately cancel his order halting state agencies from aiding Syrian refugee resettlement in Iowa.  Staff Attorney Brynne Howard states, “The Governor's order is legally, factually, and morally unfounded, as well as a threat to decades of work by Iowa's clergy, business, education, and law enforcement communities to make Iowa a welcoming state for refugees.”

We urge Governor Branstad to instead follow through on the statement he made last month in presenting Former Governor Robert Ray with the inaugural Uncommon Iowan Award for Governor Ray's courageous decision to resettle Vietnamese refugees in Iowa: “Governor Ray is a great example for all when he said, and I quote, ‘I think that what it shows is that everyone can do something and make a difference in this world. We might not be able to do it all but we can do something.’”

Background:

Staff Attorney Ann Naffier states, “The statement in the Governor's order that ‘[t]he federal government must assure that refugees have been properly screened and security protocols have been taken before being allowed in the United States’ ignores the fact that several federal laws passed in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks already require immigration officers to screen all potential refugees for connections to terrorism.”

Adds Ms. Naffier, “Furthermore, the Governor's order will further delay an already-lengthy terrorism screening and appeal process which often leaves refugees fleeing civil wars in a state of bureaucratic limbo for years.”

Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors is a nonprofit organization that provides free immigration legal services to low income immigrants. 


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Gov. Robert Ray & Billie Ray

Former Iowa Governor 1969-83

Statement in support of Iowa JFON’s immigration legal services program
for unaccompanied children

January 13, 2015

“Billie and I support Justice For Our Neighbors, the expert nonprofit in Iowa on immigration legal services.  This benefit event will support expansion of their good work, giving newer immigrants a chance for a safer and better life of opportunity in Iowa.

Iowa is a welcoming state!  That’s been our history.  Early immigrants crossed oceans and prairies to come to Iowa.  In the 1970’s, we welcomed Southeast Asians who have made invaluable contributions to our communities, built families and businesses and enriched our culture and economy.  Since then, we have welcomed new waves of immigrants from all across the world, including children fleeing extreme violence and poverty in Central America."

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Iowa 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. 

Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors has been serving clients in our communities since 1999.  Established by the United Methodist Committee on Relief in 1999, Iowa JFON helps people from all over the world.  Our services are available to all without regard to race, gender, or religion. Clinics are located in Cedar Rapids, Columbus Junction, Decorah, Des Moines, Ottumwa and Storm Lake.
 

Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON)

Mail Address: 

PO Box 41006
Des Moines, IA 50311

Physical Address:

Midtown Office Park
1001 Office Park Rd, Ste. 121
West Des Moines, IA 50265

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