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Providing hospitality to low-income immigrants with legal services, advocacy, & education
November 1, 2018

The NEJFON Board would like you to consider this
message from the Executive Director of
National Justice for Our Neighbors
Good Morning,
As we continue to read about the migrant caravan and follow with concern their journey to the U.S-Mexico border, I wanted to share some resources.  I’m sending this email out to our JFON Directors Listserv, JFON Advocacy Listserv, and JFON Communications Listserv, so please share with others as you see fit.
Here are some Interfaith Talking Points on the caravan.
Here is a sign-on letter for faith-based organizations due today, drafted by our partners at the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, affirming the dignity of the sojourner and declaring welcome for vulnerable families and individuals seeking protection. 
Here is a toolkit assembled by Church World Service about actions you can take to defend refugees and families seeking protection.  As always, please consider what actions and messaging will be most effective in your own communities.
Yesterday I took part in a meeting about the migrant caravan with the United Methodist Immigration Task force. Here are some of the things that the United Methodist Church is doing related to the migrant caravan:
  • Accompaniment of faith leaders to join the caravan (to help show this is a humanitarian crisis and not a political act)
  • Statement from United Methodist Bishops in U.S. and Mexico (I will share once it’s out)
  • Looking into funding to support migrants along the border (to be used, for example, to support migrants who are waiting at ports of entry)
  • Considering a United Methodist gathering at the border where the caravan arrives, to show solidarity
JFON’s primary contribution, of course, is our long-term effort to help those migrants who are relocated to various parts of the country and need legal assistance with their asylum case (or other immigration case). Most partners have agreed that this is a critical need that we, as a network of immigration legal organizations connected with the church, can be fulfilling.

We will keep you informed with information and updates.
Thank you,
Rob Rutland-Brown
Executive Director
National Justice for Our Neighbors
7630 Little River Turnpike
Suite 900
Annandale, VA 22003
Office (703) 766-0442
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We rely on the financial commitments of congregations, organizations, and individuals. We appreciate and welcome your support of this ministry. To make a financial contribution, go to the Donation page on our website.  You may also send contributions to:  New England Justice for Our Neighbors, –Belmont-Watertown UMC c/o Jocelyn Milton, 421 Common St, Belmont, MA 02478. Thank you for your ongoing support.
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