New York JFON is pleased to announce the hiring of Samantha (Sam) Blecher as a staff attorney. She will report to managing attorney TJ Mills. Sam will be joining the organization full-time, spending part of her time at the newly renovated office space at Hicksville United Methodist Church on Long Island, and part of her time at the Interchurch Center at 475 Riverside Drive in Manhattan.

Sam passed the bar exam in July 2017 and will be admitted to the New York bar in a couple weeks. She has a particular experience with Special Immigrant Juvenile cases, and she is passionate about immigration law. She comes from private practice, so she is excited to be joining a nonprofit, and we are excited to welcome her to our team.

Her first day is Monday, February 5, 2018.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Today on the front page of The New York Times there were two articles at the top of the page. These articles were about President Trump’s hate-filled words about people in Haiti and Africa and Senator Lindsay Graham’s response to those words.
 
These were the headlines.
 
On the back page of The New York Times there was a story about the detaining of the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, Ravi Ragbir, the threat of his deportation, and the attempts to secure his release.

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Earlier this year, we witnessed a miracle. One of our clients had entered the United States as an unaccompanied minor. Having entered without proper documents, the child was placed in accelerated deportation proceedings. However, his mother was able to locate his estranged father, who was a lawful permanent resident living in Virginia. The father had not seen his son since 3 months of age. When he learned of his son's presence in the United States, he agreed to do anything to help him. The father underwent a DNA test and filed a petition for his son. Based on this evidence and a successful legal petition, the son recently received lawful immigration status.

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Managing Attorney TJ Mills is currently on leave until December 2017 in order to work with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, in Mexico City. He sent these photos from Tenosique, near the Guatemalan border, where he did a training of new UNHCR officers and then visited a shelter for primarily Central American children, who also designed the murals seen here. New York JFON continues to maintain our full slate of clinics under the leadership of Interim Managing Attorney Devin Millbower and Assisting Attorney Mishal Pahrand.

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You can now donate online to support our work of providing free, high-quality legal advice and representation to vulnerable immigrants. As a nonprofit ministry of the church, we provide legal services for immigrants of all faiths, and no faiths, at no cost to our clients. Our work is entirely funded by individual donations, institutional gifts, and grants.

To pay online, click this link and select "Justice For Our Neighbors (NYAC)" in the drop-down list "Direct Your Gift to One of These Causes."

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