A donation to Just Neighbors is a gift to a person in need. Immigrants to the United States face a large number of legal challenges that are difficult, if not impossible, to meet without the assistance of an experienced lawyer. Many immigrants are not able to afford such help on their own, and these are the people we serve at Just Neighbors.
Because we wish to make our operation efficient, we streamline our processes and maintain only a small staff. We accept the assistance of attorney and non-attorney volunteers for much of our work. As a result, your donation dollar will truly go toward its intended purpose—giving immigrants the right to work, reuniting families that have been separated, helping victims of domestic violence escape from their abusers, preventing young people from being deported, and much more.
Just Neighbors was recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of the best charities in the greater Washington area in both 2010–2011 and 2013–2014. We are a financially and socially responsible organization working hard to make a difference in the lives of the immigrants in northern Virginia who most need legal help. To donate click here. We sincerely thank you for your contribution.
These are examples of how we spend our donations:
$25 Donation – Your gift can help an immigrant renew a work permit.
Jack is from Vietnam and first received a work permit 10 years ago. He must renew his permit each year, or he cannot continue to work legally in the U.S. Your generosity can help someone like Jack stay employed.
$50 Donation – Your gift can help an immigrant renew or replace a Green Card.
Donald is from Ethiopia and has been a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) for seven years. However, he lost his Green Card when he went into a homeless shelter after losing his job in 2009. Your generosity can help someone like Donald get back on his or her feet.
$100 Donation – Your gift can help a DREAMer youth or young adult to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Ana was brought to the U.S. by her parents when she was 4 years old and does not remember her home country of Guatemala. Because she came to the U.S. as a minor, is in high school, and has continuously resided in the U.S. since her arrival, she qualifies for DACA. Your gift supports helping someone like Ana apply for this new immigration benefit (which includes a work permit!) that went into effect in August 2012.
$250 Donation – Your gift can help an asylee or refugee to apply for lawful permanent residency (a Green Card).
James is from the Sudan and was resettled in the U.S. as a refugee after spending nine years in a Kenyan refugee camp. Because he has been in the U.S. for one year as a refugee, he qualifies for lawful permanent residency (a Green Card). Your gift supports helping someone like James apply for this residency benefit, which is the last step before citizenship, and which qualifies him or her for more jobs and benefits.
$500 Donation – Your gift can help an immigrant victim of domestic violence to apply for immigration benefits under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Maria came to the U.S. as a 20-year-old. In the U.S., she met a man and fell in love. They got married but when she became pregnant with their first child, he started to drink heavily and beat her often. Maria gave birth to a little girl prematurely following one such beating. Maria learned from coworkers that the police in the U.S. are trustworthy and protect victims regardless of status, and after a terrible beating that resulted in a trip to the emergency room, she called the police for protection. Her husband was arrested and convicted. Because her spouse is a lawful permanent resident, Maria qualifies for immigration benefits under the Violence Against Women Act. She can get a work permit and eventually apply for a Green Card, after waiting in line for a visa. Your gift supports helping someone like Maria apply for benefits under VAWA.
$1000 Donation – Your gift can help an asylee or refugee family to apply for lawful permanent residency (Green Cards).
The Ali family of five fled Iraq two years ago, and they came to the U.S. as tourists. Once in the U.S., they applied for asylum, as the father had assisted the U.S. Army in Iraq during the war. They were granted asylum and have been living in the U.S. for one year in asylum status, and therefore they qualify for lawful permanent residency. Your generosity supports helping a family of refugees or asylees like the Ali family apply for their Green Cards.
$7000 Donation – Your gift can sponsor a Just Neighbors monthly clinic.
Twice per month, Just Neighbors hosts a clinic at our offices where staff attorneys and volunteers work together to interview up to 12 clients and assess what type of immigration benefits the clients may qualify for. The majority of the clients will be able to apply for work permits or Green Cards. Staff attorneys and volunteers then begin to fill out the forms needed for the immigration applications and gather the documents necessary to support the various applications. There is usually at least one required follow-up meeting with the client, which is scheduled during our regular hours with a staff attorney. These bimonthly clinics are a great way to bring staff, volunteers, and clients together and to see a large number of clients at one time. All hands are on deck at a Just Neighbors clinic, and there is a lot of work involved in preparation, clinic work, and follow-up, but the end result is worth it. Help Just Neighbors host a clinic to assist worthy immigrants.