Our immigrant neighbors face innumerable challenges, not least of which is lack of access to legal help as they try to navigate the convoluted and expensive legal process to immigrate. A shortage of attorneys in the field of immigration, high costs to run private practices, and predatory individuals all contribute to the issue.
Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors welcomes immigrants into our community through high-quality, free immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.
“When I arrived in Austin from my home country Iraq, I didn’t know anyone, and I was desperate to find an immigration attorney to help me apply for asylum. I found one who just made a lot of promises, took more payments, and strung me along for eight months," says Zizi, a former client.
“I was broken,” she adds quietly. “I had no family, my visa was expired, and my savings were almost completely exhausted.” She pauses and takes a breath. “But God looked upon me and brought me to Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors.” Since coming to ARJFON, Zizi has not only received asylum, but has served as vice chair of our board and became a U.S. citizen in 2019.
When you give, you support our staff who work tirelessly on cases for over 190 clients and their families, you support access to expert witnesses and psychological examinations for evidence in court, you support due process for all, you support education in the community during a season of such fear and misinformation regarding immigrants and the immigration process. But most important, when you give, you support our neighbors who are looking for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.