Florida JFON is a non-profit ministry of the United Methodist Church that provides free immigration legal aid to families in the Miami area and throughout south and central Florida. We promote education on immigration issues and advocacy for immigrant rights. We are located south of Miami, Florida in Cutler Bay and hold monthly clinics south of Miami at churches in Florida City and Homestead. We are part of the National JFON network.
Frequently Asked Questions
What communities to you serve?
Nationally, Justice For Our Neighbors serves clients at 35 different sites in 11 states. Florida JFON predominantly serves immigrants and their families in South Miami Dade County, Homestead, and Florida City. We began offering an additional monthly clinic in Central Florida in Fall of 2017.
Is JFON faith-based?
Yes, Justice For Our Neighbors is an immigration ministry of the Florida South East District of United Methodist Church, but we invite people to volunteer with us or to seek out our services regardless of religious affiliation.
How does it work?
The Justice For Our Neighbors model partners with local churches to host immigration legal clinics, usually one evening a month. These clinics are staffed by volunteers who welcome clients and perform intake. Each client is able to meet with a JFON staff attorney for a confidential advice and counsel session. The attorney determines what steps must be taken in the client’s case and follow-up appointments are scheduled, if necessary.
How can I make an appointment?
If you would like to make an appointment with us see "Need Legal Help?" above. New client appointments are held at monthly clinics and are scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis.
These legal services are completely free to qualifying low-income families and individuals. For a general list of the types of cases we take see: Services.
Florida JFON Staff
Rev. Janet Horman, Attorney and Director
Roland Robinson, Attorney
Sydney Stanberry, Clinic and Intake Coordinator (Global Mission Fellow US-2)
2017 Board of Directors
Michael Rivas, Chair
Heidi Aspinwall, Treasurer
Rev. Dawn Worden
Rev. Glenn Bosley-Mitchell
Lauren Graham Sullivan
Rev. Dr. Cynthia Weems
Rev. Vidalis Lopez
- We are compassionate and trustworthy.
- We create a welcoming atmosphere.
- We value high-quality immigration legal services provided by staff attorneys.
- We are volunteer-based. We provide opportunities for meaningful interaction between volunteers and clients.
- We are faith-based, yet welcome all clients and volunteers to engage in our services.
- We care about improving our nation’s immigration policies and our communities’ relationships with immigrants.
- We value our network model to serve more immigrants in need through learning from each other, leveraging our strengths and becoming more productive through shared information and resources.