Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors officially opens its doors on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Tucson Mayor, Jonathan Rothschild, and Bishop Robert Hoshibata of the Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church will participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony which begins at 2:00 PM at the Arizona JFON office at New Hope United Methodist Church, 6740 S. Santa Clara Ave in Tucson.
Arizona JFON is partnering locally with the Tucson Mayor’s office, local faith communities, community organizations and other immigration legal service providers offering a hospitality ministry that welcomes immigrants by providing affordable, high-quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants. Arizona JFON will also be engaging in advocacy for immigrant rights and offering education to communities of faith and to the public. It will strive to keep families together and to provide for our immigrant neighbors with hospitality, compassion, respect.
“For nearly five years many of us dreamed of having an Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors. We were concerned about immigrants being detained and deported without legal representation of any kind. While participating in a national United Methodist Church immigration retreat, we were energized and had the momentum to draft a strategic plan, form our first board of directors, and begin to fundraising to make our dream a reality.” – Chris Spencer, AZJFON board chair.
Arizona JFON joins the Justice for Our Neighbors network of 18 sites across the country, each providing free or low-cost immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, ideology or sexual orientation.
Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors
Ella Tomkus Rawls, J.D.
Chris Spencer, President of the Board of Directors
AZ Justice for our Neighbors
A year ago, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) called Bishop Hoshibata asking if the United Methodist Churches would be interested in providing hospitality to another group of travelers needing a place to stay. A group of persons met together to dream about...read more
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Do you know The United Methodist Church perspective on immigration?
Come to hear “Bringing Justice For Our Neighbors to Arizona” presented by Chris Spencer and Ella Rawls, members of the Desert Southwest Conference Immigration Task Force and Future Arizona Justice For Our Neighbors ministry.read more
Participate by signing an open letter to Congress by Wednesday, September 13, 2017, or download the template letter and contact other representatives for your area…read more
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Find the updated Needs List, register online as a volunteer, commit to pray for the project, and/or to give money or items. Then use www.dscumc.org/theinnproject/ to share this news through Social Media or on church websites.read more