The daughter of once-undocumented immigrants from Poland, Jenny has been working to keep immigrants in the United States since 2005. Prior to her current role with Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors, she was the supervisor of the DePaul Asylum and Immigration Clinic’s inaugural U Visa Summer Volunteer Project, a student in DePaul’s Asylum and Immigration Clinic, and a volunteer at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR). Jenny is also an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, NLG Chicago’s Next Gen Committee, and NLG’s National Immigration Project. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 2005 and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2010.
Originally from southwest Missouri, Megan joined Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors as a paralegal while completing law school. As a staff attorney, Megan continues to advocate for immigrants, particularly immigrant children seeking protection from violence in their home countries. Prior to her current role as staff attorney, she was a student in DePaul’s Asylum and Immigration Clinic, and a summer volunteer with the Human Rights Center Fray Bartolome de las Casas (Frayba) in Chiapas, Mexico. Megan is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the National Lawyers Guild. She received her bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University in 2011 and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2014.
Susan brings to NIJFON more than 20 years of experience in non-profit program development, organizing, and fundraising, especially in immigrant communities. She began her experience with NIJFON in 2013 as the Chicago Clinic Co-Coordinator (through her immigration work at the Logan Square Neighborhood Association) and was immediately impressed by the truly integrated commitment to service, hospitality, and social justice. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and received her Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accreditation with JFON in 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University and a double Master of Arts Degree in Urban Planning and Latin American Studies from UCLA. She is married and has two daughters.
Lorena was born in Morelos, Mexico, but she has spent most of her life in Chicago. She is a Dreamer, a DACA recipient since 2012. Now able to return to school, Lorena is making strides to becoming a bilingual nurse in the underserved communities of Chicago. Prior to college, Lorena volunteered for Young Life mentoring the diverse youth of Chicago. Later, she advocated for the undocumented students of Logan Square and provided resources for those going through the deportation process. Lorena has also participated in citywide workshops and presentations on immigrant and refugee rights.
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Lorena nació en Morelos, México, pero ha pasado la mayo parte de su vida en Chicago. Ella es una Dreamer, una recipiente de DACA desde el año 2012. Ahora capaz de regresar a la escuela, Lorena está dando grandes pasos para convertirse en una enfermera bilingüe en las comunidades marginadas de Chicago. Antes del colegio, Lorena fue voluntaria para Young Life a donde fue mentor para la juventud diversa de Chicago. Despues apoyo a los estudiantes indocumentados de Logan Square y proporciono recursos a aquellos que pasan por el proceso de deportación. Lorena también ha participado en talleres y presentaciones por la ciudad sobre los derechos de inmigrantes y refugiados.