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!

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Team Members

Marjorie E

$1,995 / 30 donors

Paul

$3,435 / 25 donors

TJ

$1,985 / 15 donors

MaryEllen

$2,975 / 8 donors

Robert

$1,565 / 15 donors

Rebecca

$1,385 / 12 donors

Gail

$1,150 / 10 donors

Samantha

$500 / 12 donors

Hannah

$800 / 7 donors

JFON Chinatown

$1,100 / 5 donors

Alexis

$425 / 8 donors

Eric

$540 / 6 donors

Event

Event Details

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!

Date & Time

Thu, November 12th 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

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Location

This event will be hosted digitally.

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

Marjorie E's Story

Members of the New York Justice For Our Neighbor Team (NY-JFON)

In the early 1970's I left my little Island in the Caribbean, Jamaica, to go to Toronto, Canada, for higher education and ultimately "a better life."  I was able to obtain permanent residency in Canada, but felt vey alone there, since at that time there was not many black and brown people around--I was a young girl and very lonely.  I had an uncle in New York and other members of my extended family, so I visited them in New York City.   The first time I rode on the New City Subway and saw the diversity of people--black, brown, white, yellow--every color and race I began to cry.  I felt at home!  I saw people looking like me, talking like me!  And so I decided to leave Toronto and move to New York City to live with my uncle in Queens.  I did not have a "green card" so I came has an undocumented person.  I had come to visit, but never went back because I felt at home in New York.  

I would meet and fall in love with a young man from Jamaica who was a permanent resident of the USA--he had a "green card."  We got married and that began my process of obtaining a "green card."  It would take awhile, but thanks be unto God, it happened.  It was a most joyous day when we received the "green card!' Together, we had a daughter and began to build a life in New York.  We had a small piece of the "American dream" but that was enough to get us started.  We worked hard--very hard, and was able to purchase a home in Queens.  My husband was an electrician and made "good money" at the time.  I worked and went to school to further my education, and have been able to complete a BA in Economics, MA in Economics, Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Divinity.  I continue to work hard and was able to accomplish certain goals in the business world.  I would become a CFO/Partner of a Software company, where I worked for many years. This afforded me some financial stability.  I then answered my call to the ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church, and have pastored churches for the past 22 years.

Yes, the "American Dream" allowed me to accomplish all of this through hard-work, determination and the opportunity to came to America.  I was also able to sponsor my Father, Mother, sister and brother to America, and they are hard-working, honest Americans who are thankful and blessed to be here. 

During the time when I migrated to American, the process was much easier to file your immigration papers.  Now it is very difficult, completed, and expensive to do so.  BUT NY Justice For Our Neighbor (NY-JFON) does this for FREE for all our clients.  There is a mother or father, there is a family, there is a boy or girl who wants to come to American to work hard and strive for a "better life"-- the "American Dream."  Please help New York Justice For Our Neighbors (NY-JFON), help them!   Thank you!

New York Justice for Our Neighbors, Inc.'s Story


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!

[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.

Client videos:

    Supporters

    Rebecca Cooney received a new donation from Cousins Chris and Pantoufle

    2 weeks ago

    $60

    Samantha Blecher received a new donation from Reina Belessis

    2 weeks ago

    $50

    Rev. Jeff Wells made a donation

    2 weeks ago

    $100

    Dear Paul and all of the staff of JFON, Thank you for all of the important work you do to help immigrants and refugees move toward citizenship and to protect those threatened with deportations. This is holy work. May God continue to prosper the work of your hands. Peace, Jeff

    Hannah Reasoner received a new donation from Christie House

    2 weeks ago

    $250

    Much accomplished in just a few months. All the best in your new work in Colombia.

    Paul Fleck received a new donation from Bill and Aimee

    2 weeks ago

    $500

    Best wishes with your fundraiser.

    Robert Bobb received a new donation from Mary Ellen

    2 weeks ago

    $100

    Congratulations, Robert, for your many years of faithful, devoted ministry in God's service.

    Hannah Reasoner received a new donation from Mary Ellen

    2 weeks ago

    $50

    Thanks for laying the foundation for the Gala!

    Robert Bobb received a new donation from Phyllis Cannon Pitts

    2 weeks ago

    $50

    Rebecca Cooney received a new donation from Alex & Henry

    2 weeks ago

    $50

    We love you and Tito!

    Rebecca Cooney received a new donation from Cousin/niece Annie

    2 weeks ago

    $50

    In honor of Tito ❤

    Paul Fleck received a new donation from Julie Faith Parker

    2 weeks ago

    $100

    I just figured out the "donate with someone" feature so came back to honor Paul, who does amazing work. Thank you, Paul, and thank you JFON for your life-saving advocacy!

    Daffnie Marinez made a donation

    2 weeks ago

    $100

    Great Gala! It is so great to be a part of an organization who does such rewarding work.

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