Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) is a faith-based ministry, welcoming immigrants into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education and advocacy. To set up an appointment with the attorney, please call 817-310-3820. The waiting list can be long, but we are eager to help you! If you are an DREAMer, let us know that when you call and we’ll begin your processing as soon as possible!
Expertise We Offer:
- Family Petitions
- Adjustment of Status
- Consular Processing for Immigrant Visas
- Naturalization & Citizenship
- Asylum Applications
- Religious Worker Visas for the North and Central Texas Conferences of the United Methodist Church
- Self-Petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
- U Visas for Victims of Crime
- T Visas for Victims of Trafficking
- Temporary Protected Status
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
- Advice and Counsel
Our services provided regardless of race or religion.
Information on ICE and relevant websites:
ICE Detention – Finding your family member:
If you believe that a loved one is being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), you can call the ICE detention facilities where you think he or she is being held. A list of detention facilities is listed on ICE’s website at: http://www.ice.gov/pi/dro/facilities.htm. If you are certain that your loved one is being detained, but ICE does not have your love one’s
information, you can try calling the US Marshall’s office nearest the detention facility. Sometimes the US Marshalls will restrict ICE’s ability to give information about the detainee’s identity if the detainee will testify for the US government in a federal case (e.g., against a smuggler). A list of US Marshall district offices is listed at: http://www.usmarshals.gov/contacts/districts.html.
ICE Detention – Getting a Family Member released on bond:
If your loved one has been detained, he or she may ask an immigration judge to order his or her release under bond while his or her case is pending. A bond is an amount of money paid to the Department of Homeland Security to guarantee that the detainee will appear in court for all of his or her hearings and obey the immigration judge’s order. If your loved one attends
all of his or her hearings, and obeys the judge’s order, then the money will be returned to the person who paid the bond at the end of the proceedings (regardless of whether he or she wins or loses). If your loved one does not appear in court, the money will not be returned and he or she may be ordered removed or deported by the immigration judge. A judge cannot order a loved one’s release or set a bond if he or she was detained while entering the United States or if he or she has been convicted of serious crimes (although some exceptions apply). It is a good idea to consult an attorney to discuss whether your loved one is eligible for a bond (you may make an appointment with our JFON attorney, if needed). The immigration judge will consider two factors when deciding whether to grant, reduce or increase a bond: 1) Whether your loved one will be a danger to the community and 2) Whether your loved one will be a flight risk if released.
Data compiled from various sources, including the National Immigrant Justice Center, www.immigrantjustice.org.