Florida JFON is a non-profit ministry of the United Methodist Church that provides free immigration legal aid to individuals and families throughout Florida, with service locations in Miami, Orlando and Tampa Bay. We also provide education on immigration issues and advocacy for immigrant rights to interested community members. 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 three regions - Miami (particularly the area south of the city), Orlando, and Tampa Bay. Clients do not have to reside in those areas to seek services.
Is JFON faith-based?
Yes, Justice For Our Neighbors is an immigration ministry of the Florida Conference of the 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
Rocco Tricario, Executive Director
Sui Chung, Director of Legal Services
Nicole Leon, Attorney
Ilaria Cacopardo, Attorney
Ross Militello, Attorney
Victor Cabrera, Legal Services Assistant
Camila Feltrin, Legal Services Assistant
Melodye Hannes, Administrative Assistant
Hannah Newton, Missional Intern, Young Adult Missional Movement and General Board of Global Ministries
Katelyn Dino, Missional Intern, Young Adult Missional Movement and General Board of Global Ministries
2020 Board of Directors
Pamela Qualls, Chair
Edith Zewadski-Bricker, Vice Chair
Roxana Acosta, Treasurer
Heidi Aspinwall, Ex Officio, Florida Conference UMC
Rev. Dr. Cynthia Weems, Ex Officio, Southeast District UMC
Rev. Glenn Bosley-Mitchell
Rev. Dr. Bob Bushong EC District Superintendent, Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church
Rev. Dr. Brian Brightly
Rev. Wilma Reyes
- 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.