SAVE THE DATE: Summer in the City Reception July 18th and our Annual Champions for Justice Dinner 2019

World Refugee Day June 20th

Shine a light with National Justice For Our Neighbors on World Refugee Day! Join the National Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:30pm.

Every minute, 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution, or terror. Light a candle — at your home, with your neighbors, with your faith group to symbolically show support for those seeking refuge.
As part of the awareness, we will share information on current challenges, refugee bills on the Hill, and our work. World Refugee Day is a chance to show that the global public stands with refugees and this year marks a key moment for people to show support for families forced to flee.
Share your photos using #WorldRefugeeDayJFON to join the Candlelight Vigil from wherever you are, then consider donating to Northern Illinois Justice For Our Neighbors so we can continue to provide legal services to our immigrant neighbors.
To donate click here.


Join NIJFON for the annual

Summer in the City Reception

On the evening of Thursday July 18th

From 5:30-7:30

77 W. Wacker Dr. Suite 3100

Chicago IL 60602 

Enjoy a nice evening in downtown Chicago with good food and drinks along with other NIJFON friends and supporters and learn more about the work that NJFON is doing!

Your support will help NIJFON to expand its capacity to be able to continue providing free immigration legal services to the communities that need it the most.

Can you support us and by:

Becoming a Champion of Immigrants $250

Becoming an Advocate $100

Becoming a Friend $50

Click here to purchase tickets now.


Annual Champions for Justice Dinner 2019

September 29, 2019

4:00 PM — 6:30 PM

Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 N Broadway
Aurora, IL 60505

Celebrate the work of NIJFON and our fearless partners!


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NJFON statement on the Executive Order

[The statement below is quoted in full from National Justice for Our Neighbors.]

Dear Friends,

Please see this video and story from The Intercept about Austin JFON legal director Virginia Raymond‘s efforts to help a mother seek asylum and reunite with her five-year-old son. Mother and child had been forcibly separated at the border.

This is one of the first known parent and child reunions since the Trump administration rolled out its “zero tolerance” policy in April.

Delia and her son are two of the lucky ones. “As happy as I am for this family,” says Virginia, “I am heartbroken for the others.”

Read more in The Mother and Child Reunion. Continue reading “NJFON statement on the Executive Order”

Love conquers the border

David and Blanca met the summer they were both 15. His family spent the summer in Mexico in the town where Blanca lived. It was an ideal summer romance, complete with walks on the beach and horseback riding in the mountains. They stayed in touch for a short while, but life took them in other directions.

Blanca married and had two children, living an upper-middle-class life in Mexico. Meanwhile David joined the US Army. He served with distinction, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, retiring due to medical issues in 2007. David laughs when he talks about the aimless years after the Army, when he lived wherever he could find the best surfing. His drifting led him to Mexico, where friends re-introduced him to Blanca, now divorced with two children. Their teenage summer romance rekindled!

After David moved to Dallas he and Blanca continued their now-long-distance romance for three years. On Valentine’s Day 2016 David surprised Blanca by proposing. JFON became a part of this love story when David asked for help petitioning for his new wife and step-children to receive their green cards. After large amounts of paperwork, it is a pleasure to report that David and Blanca will be going to the United States Customs and Immigration Service for their interview any day now. They will have no trouble proving the validity of their marriage, with a courtship that began so long ago. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Be a Champion for Justice – Oct 22 Fundraiser!

Join us on Sunday, October 22nd from 4-7 p.m. at the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora for our 6th Annual NIJFON fundraiser.  Help us honor this year’s Champions for Justice Awardees: the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and immigration attorney/JFON board member Sara Dady and celebrate JFON’s work from the last year.

Sunday, Oct. 22
4 – 7 pm
Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 N Broadway Ave

For information on tickets and sponsorships, please click here

To download an order form to mail in, please click Sponsor-ticket order form