NY Justice for Our Neighbors' Virtual Gala for Immigrant Justice

Join us in our mission to welcome immigrants into our communities with compassion, dignity, and love. This Virtual Gala on Nov. 12 will celebrate the resiliency of immigrant neighbors we've represented. We look forward to seeing you there!

$20,865

212 supporters

$25,000 goal

Team Member

Hannah Reasoner

$800

by 7 supporters

I believe that what "Makes America Great" is actually the beautiful and enriching diversity of people, cultures, backgrounds, and stories. There is certainly a lot more we can do to be welcoming and compassionate to immigrants who have made the difficult decision to start over in a new country. 

I was fortunate to grow up and go to school in a town where not everyone looked like me. My friends from the Philippines, Korea, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, and India shared their cultures, music, and food with everyone else. We learned from each other, and more importantly had fun getting to know each other. 

 After college I became a Global Mission Fellow, a young adult mission program with the United Methodist Church. This international program brought me to Colombia for two years to work with a grassroots human rights organization in Bogotá. I was a migrant who deeply felt the impact of being welcomed into a community with love and acceptance. The community I served in Colombia welcomed me as a friend, invited me to their family celebrations, and showed me endless grace and compassion as I learned how to adjust to a life in a different country. I was privileged to have this experience. 

Sadly, I know that many of my Colombian brothers and sisters who arrive in the United States are not always welcomed into the country in this same way. Degrading stereotypes, racism, chants for border walls, insulting comments from political leaders, injustice, and threats of deportation are not how we should be welcoming our immigrant neighbors.

That is why I am proud to support and be part of the justice and hospitality ministry of New York Justice for our Neighbors. NYJFON's mission to "welcome immigrants into our communities with compassion, dignity, and love by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, engaging in advocacy for immigrants’ rights, and offering education to communities of faith and the public," is more important now than ever. 

Join me in supporting NYJFON and standing in solidarity with the immigrants that make this country beautiful. 

Team Members

Hannah

$800

7 supporters

Paul

$3,685

26 supporters

Marjorie E

$1,995

30 supporters

TJ

$1,985

15 supporters

MaryEllen

$2,975

8 supporters

Robert

$1,565

15 supporters

Rebecca

$1,385

12 supporters

Gail

$1,150

10 supporters

Samantha

$500

12 supporters

JFON Chinatown

$1,100

5 supporters

Alexis

$425

8 supporters

Eric

$540

6 supporters

Event

NOV
12

NY Justice for Our Neighbors' Virtual Gala for Immigrant Justice

Thursday from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

Live Stream

Add to Calendar 2020-11-12 19:00:00 2020-11-12 20:00:00 America/New_York NY Justice for Our Neighbors' Virtual Gala for Immigrant Justice We're celebrating the immigrant neighbors we have represented and their resiliency in the face of all obstacles, especially through the current pandemic. This 21st Anniversary Gala will feature words from Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton; commentary from our superstar attorneys TJ Mills, Alexis Duecker, and Samantha Blecher; musical offerings from Victoria Clark and a stunning dance performance; and, of course, videos of the people with whom we stand in solidarity in this work: our immigrant clients. General tickets are free and your generous donations are greatly appreciated. Join us here on GiveButter or our Facebook page (@NYJFON) for an hour of inspiration and fun on November 12 at 7pm!

This event will be livestreamed on our Givebutter page: https://givebutter.com/NY-JFON

This event will be livestreamed on our Givebutter page: https://givebutter.com/NY-JFON

We're celebrating the immigrant neighbors we have represented and their resiliency in the face of all obstacles, especially through the current pandemic. This 21st Anniversary Gala will feature words from Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton; commentary from our superstar attorneys TJ Mills, Alexis Duecker, and Samantha Blecher; musical offerings from Victoria Clark and a stunning dance performance; and, of course, videos of the people with whom we stand in solidarity in this work: our immigrant clients. General tickets are free and your generous donations are greatly appreciated. Join us here on GiveButter or our Facebook page (@NYJFON) for an hour of inspiration and fun on November 12 at 7pm!

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For over 20 years New York Justice for Our Neighbors (NY JFON) has been welcoming immigrants into our communities with compassion, dignity, and love by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services to immigrants in need, educating communities of faith and the public about the immigration system, and advocating for immigrant rights.  

 Thank you for supporting this mission and joining us for the Virtual Gala for Immigrant Justice. We're celebrating the immigrant neighbors we have represented and their resiliency in the face of all obstacles, especially through the current pandemic. This 21st Anniversary Gala will feature words from Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton; commentary from our superstar attorneys TJ Mills, Alexis Duecker, and Samantha Blecher; a musical offering from Broadway star and Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark; and, of course, videos of the people with whom we stand in solidarity in this work:  our immigrant clients.  Join us for an hour of inspiration and fun on November 12 at 7pm!

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[Meet the NY JFON staff and attorneys that make this work possible]

General tickets for this event are free and your generous donations are greatly appreciated. Did you know the average legal costs for NY JFON's immigration cases is about $375 per case? Your donations help cover those costs so immigrants in need can focus on starting a new life without being burdened by costly legal bills and added stress. Supporting NY JFON is an act of solidarity, accompanying immigrants on their journey towards justice. 

We invite you to read the stories from our team members, each one has a unique story and connection to the work of NY JFON. You can join any of these teams when you make a donation. All donations will go to the same great cause, but we'll have some friendly competition between the teams. Think you have a strong network of friends and families passionate about immigrant justice? Start your own team by clicking the blue "Fundraise" button and inviting your network to join you in supporting this ministry of justice and hospitality.

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