Author Archives: Laura Rampersad

Build Bridges, Not Walls

– Advocacy Alert: Build Bridges, Not Walls: Immigrants and Refugees Welcome As many of you know the future of immigration and refugee resettlement in the United States has been shaken to its core this week. As a result of the new administration’s recent actions a group of community members are organizing to show support for Muslims, refugees, and […]

Kalamazoo Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Kalamazoo joined JFON West Michigan in September 2015.  Since opening this satellite clinic, we have accepted new clients at five intake clinics, served 33 refugees at special form preparation workshop and delivered Know Your Rights presentations to 143 detainees at ICE facility at Calhoun County Jail. Here’s a quick overview of our clients served to date:

Supreme Court Decision and DAPA/DACA+

Supreme Court Issues Disappointing Split Decision in United States v. Texas

Entire JFON Network Support Expanded DACA and DAPA

News Release National Justice for Our Neighbors Date: March 8, 2016 Contact: Rob Rutland-Brown, Executive Director (703) 766-0442 National Justice for Our Neighbors and the Entire Justice for Our Neighbors Network Urge the Supreme Court to Allow the Expanded DACA and DAPA Programs to Move Forward   Today, National Justice for Our Neighbors, on behalf […]

Excerpt from GR Rapid Growth Feature

Liz Balck Monsma, Legal Services Director, Justice for Our Neighbors I’m guessing you and I settled in Grand Rapids for similar reasons: our strong economy rooted in agriculture and entrepreneurship, great schools and freedom to fully express our religion.  My own parents moved to Grand Rapids from the Detroit area in the early 1970s for my […]

ICE Raids on Central American Refugees

You may have heard about the announcement that ICE will be conducting targeted raids of Central American refugees who have recently entered the US. Immigration Customs Enforcement has begun targeted raids of Central Americans seeking asylum fleeing violence. These raids will be focused on those who have been issued a final deportation order since January 1, […]

Interfaith Prayer Vigil this MONDAY

  You are invited to an interfaith service of prayer and light. Representatives of diverse faith traditions will share words of hope and love. All are welcome. Bring your own source of light (candle, flashlight, cell phone) To connect with Facebook Event and RSVP – Click on flyer image

Press Conference – Day of Action for DAPA and DACA +

December 10, 2015 at 11:00 am Justice for Our Neighbors West Michigan Front Lobby, 207 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids (“First Place”/LSSM Building) On November 9, the U.S. Fifth Circuit ruled on DAPA and DACA+ in a flawed and biased decision.  This does not end the possibility of DAPA and DACA+.  Instead, we are one […]

Bishop Deb speaks to Syrian Refugees     Dear friends, My heart is breaking over the terrible and tragic attacks that have recently taken place around the world. My prayers are for all those whose lives are impacted by the constant threat of violence and terror. In the wake of attacks this past week, more than half of our country’s […]

Take action to welcome Syrian refugees now!

Message from the General Board of Church and Society Office of Civil and Human Rights: U.S. leaders are vowing to reject Syrian refugees Take action to welcome refugees now! November 18, 2015 Refugees are the single most vetted and scrutinized individuals entering the U. S. Yet we have U.S. elected officials who are fully aware of […]