Just Neighbors is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to serving and supporting the immigrant community of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. We foster mutual understanding between immigrants and the larger community in which they live.


To provide high-quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, asylees and refugees in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia; and, to build community among clients, staff, volunteers and the larger society through education, advocacy, and volunteerism.


All immigrants in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia are able to live with dignity and full membership in the community.

History of & Dedication to Providing Legal Assistance

Just Neighbors was founded in 1996 by pastors and attorneys of the United Methodist Church to develop a practical response to the legal challenges that low-income immigrants face in the United States. The organization set out to provide accurate and reliable information and services to the immigrant community. The founders of Just Neighbors recognized the need to assist immigrants of all faiths and nationalities and to treat immigrants with compassion and hospitality.

In 1996, Just Neighbors opened the doors of its main office in Falls Church, Virginia. Two years later, a second office in Herndon, Virginia, was established to provide immigration legal services to the growing immigrant population in western Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County. In 2000, the organization moved its office to Arlington United Methodist Church and then later in September 2008, Just Neighbors moved its location in Falls Church.  In 2017, Just Neighbors moved into its current office in Annandale, Virginia.

In 2019, Just Neighbors began providing legal services in some rural areas of Virginia including the Eastern Shore, Harrisonburg, Winchester, Waynesboro, Lynchburg, and Warrenton. In 2020, Just Neighbors merged with DC/MD Justice For Our Neighbors and now also serves Washington DC and Maryland.

Since its inception, Just Neighbors has partnered with other nonprofit organizations, community volunteers, local faith-based groups, and pro bono lawyers that provide services to immigrants. Through its direct and collaborative efforts, Just Neighbors has helped to empower clients and educate the community about current immigration laws and policies.


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Tori Andrea Babington


Tori has been a nonprofit immigration attorney since she graduated from law school in 2009. Prior to Just Neighbors, she was the Director of Legal Services at Northern Virginia Family Service. Tori has represented clients in all forms of humanitarian and family-based immigration cases, as well as defending them against removal in immigration court. She measures her career by the hundreds of refugees, domestic violence survivors, reunited families, and new American citizens who have made the United States their home with her assistance. Tori attended Sarah Lawrence College and Georgetown Law, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar and received a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Tori was born in Winchester, VA and currently lives with her family in Fauquier County.


Farah Ashurova


Farah first joined Just Neighbors in May 2019 as an intern, and stayed until October 2019. She then joined Just Neighbors staff in August 2020 to perform data analysis. Farah graduated from George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government with a Master's Degree in Public Administration. Originally from Tajikistan and an immigrant herself, Farah truly appreciates the work that Just Neighbors does to support immigrants and is happy to be a part of team and contribute to their work.

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Stephanie Barnes


Stephanie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington and her master’s degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School. As Operations Director, her main job is to keep Just Neighbors running by doing the necessary “behind the scenes” work so that the attorneys can focus on helping as clients. Because of her experience living in Mexico, she enjoys being able to use Spanish to help immigrants in her county. Stephanie is married and has one son, Sol, who, like his name, is the center of her universe. This is what Stephanie says about working at Just Neighbors, “The staff, volunteers and clients are what Just Neighbors unique. There is nothing more inspiring than when former clients come back to share how our work has changed their lives. I am always amazed at how people can overcome such trauma and difficulty to do wonderful things in this world.”

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Julia Birk


Julia earned degrees in International Studies and Spanish and then her J.D. at the University of Richmond and has dedicated her legal career to serving vulnerable populations and survivors of trauma. Julia first interned with Just Neighbors as a law student back in 2010 and then as a volunteer attorney in 2012. She served as Secretary on the Just Neighbors Board of Directors from 2015-2020 and is excited to be on staff as the DC/MD Staff Attorney. Julia is fluent in Spanish and grew up in the DMV area where she is now proud to work alongside the dedicated staff and volunteers of Just Neighbors to provide hope through immigration legal services.

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Eva Marie Carney


Eva has a history degree from the University of San Francisco and obtained her law degree from Stanford Law School.  She has worked for the U.S. Congress, various courts, and the U.S. government, and as a partner in a private law firm in Washington, D.C.  During her time in private practice, she represented clients in their humanitarian immigration cases, without charge, in cases referred by D.C.-area legal service providers Whitman Walker Health, CAIR Coalition, Catholic Charities, and Tahirih Justice Center.  She is a dual citizen of the United States and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and holds elected office as a CPN legislator.  Eva is absolutely honored to be on staff at Just Neighbors to serve Just Neighbors’ courageous and hard-working clients and their families. 


Sasia Coward


Sasia graduated from Sanford Brown College with a criminal justice degree. Most recently before coming to Just Neighbors, Sasia worked at RAINN in Washington, D.C., providing short-term crisis intervention services for sexual assault survivors. She also works part-time for Doorways for Women and Families in Arlington, Virginia, as a client assistant in both the Domestic Violence & Homeless shelters. Sasia shares that seeing and hearing firsthand the trauma that some immigrant families experience to have a life with better opportunities is heart wrenching. No one should have to experience trauma just for wanting to provide better opportunities for their family.


Eric Dillon


Eric joins Just Neighbors with 19 years of fundraising experience. Following more than a decade in progressive campaigns and elections, Eric has continued working with national non-profits and labor organizations to fight for a fair and just society. Born and raised in Texas, Eric enjoys being an uncle and spending time with his dog, Maeby.

“Growing up across a river from Juarez, Mexico, the stark divide of the borderland was ever-present. I’m grateful to be working with Just Neighbors for a cause that not only means a great deal to me personally, but is also the right thing to do.”


Katherine (Katie) Fourmy

Managing Attorney – Removal Defense

Katie is thrilled to join the team of dedicated advocates at Just Neighbors. She comes to the organization with specialized experience representing clients that the U.S. government is actively trying to remove from the country. She previously represented persons who were detained and found to be incompetent to represent themselves in their immigration court proceedings, as well as children who had been mistreated or left behind by a parent. Through her work in immigration law, Katie has seen the beauty and power of communities working together to support each other and advance common goals, even in the face of unspeakable circumstances. She attended the University of Arkansas and Georgetown Law, and is fluent in Spanish.

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Beth Hamilton


After seven years volunteering as an attorney for Just Neighbors, Beth Hamilton joined the northern Virginia team as a staff attorney in 2023. She enjoys working with this group of attorneys and continues to serve the amazing base of immigrant clients at Just Neighbors. Beth obtained her law degree in 2000 from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked for six years after that in the employment litigation world. She has an undergraduate degree in political science/Women Studies/Spanish from Case Western Reserve University. Beth is proficient in Spanish and works on all types of humanitarian immigration cases.

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Mary Elizabeth Maffei


Mary Elizabeth graduated from Smith College with a degree in Anthropology and minor in Biology. She then went on to receive her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Mary Elizabeth started as a legal fellow with Just Neighbors before being hired as a staff attorney. Mary Elizabeth is thrilled that she gets to continue working alongside the incredibly dedicated and passionate staff and volunteers at Just Neighbors. She finds it extremely rewarding working with our clients and assisting them on their journeys.


Keila Martinez


Keila graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Human Development and Family Science. She takes much pride in being a first-generation college graduate within her family. While studying at Mason, she became an intern at Just Neighbors. As an intern, she was able to immerse herself in the multitude of tasks that it takes to run the front office. “As I reflect on why I chose to work at Just Neighbors, I can only think of my immigrant parents who paved the way for me to have opportunities like this one – giving back to families that resonate with mine. Being the daughter of Mexican and Salvadoran immigrant parents, who have experienced similar struggles to those who are seeking legal help within the organization, has only allowed me to be more compassionate and wanting to serve the community. This is why I believe I’m a perfect fit here at Just Neighbors.”

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Erin McKenney


Erin is a native of Kentucky and a graduate of Georgetown College (KY) with a degree in Marketing and Finance. She has lived in Northern Virginia since 1985. As Executive Director, Erin manages the business and development aspects of Just Neighbors. She also connects Just Neighbors to the community through churches, organizations, and individuals. Her mission trips through her church (Annandale UMC) have exposed her to a number of immigrants as well as her last job at Safe Haven, feeding the hungry and homeless. Her extensive travel to places like Mozambique, Brazil, Haiti, and other parts of the Caribbean and Central America has allowed her to see the conditions that cause people to emigrate. Erin finds the resilience of our clients and the passion of our staff, volunteers, and board as motivation to work for justice for so many immigrants who just need a hand up.

Sarah Selim Milad


Sarah went to law school with a desire to serve. After exploring various fields, she determined that immigration law would provide her the opportunity to engage in humanitarian work in a direct-services capacity. Sarah began her legal career at Justice For Our Neighbors in 2008, just after graduating from The American University, Washington College of Law. In Fall of 2009 she joined the Just Neighbors team. Sarah finds great fulfillment in supporting clients through their most difficult of times and celebrating with them when they reach the other side. She also enjoys helping legal interns and volunteer attorneys navigate the complexities of immigration law. As a Coptic Christian immigrant, she has a unique perspective on the discrimination that Christians face in the Middle East and why people seek safety and religious freedom in the United States. Sarah is a native Arabic-speaker and also dabbles in French and Spanish.

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Andrew Russell


Andrew, originally from Nassau, Bahamas, graduated with a bachelor's degree in business from Covenant College and later earned his Master of Divinity from Redeemer Seminary. With a unique blend of business acumen and theological insight, Andrew embodies a holistic approach to social justice and community empowerment. He previously served as an Assistant Pastor of Outreach and the Arts at Grace Downtown DC. He has also worked as a Campaign Associate at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, TX, where he helped with fundraising. He brings his ministry experience of serving the marginalized and the oppressed as well as his fundraising experience from United Way. He is driven by his faith to fight for the poor, the oppressed, the immigrant, and the most vulnerable amongst us. He lives in DC with his wife and seven children.

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Dominique Poirier


Dominique has been at Just Neighbors since January, 2008. Dominique served as a staff attorney until July, 2014, when she took over as Director of Legal Services. Dominique also serves as one of the national Consulting Attorneys for National Justice For Our Neighbors (our parent 501(c)(3)) and travels around the country checking on our other immigration legal service provider sites. Dominique earned a B.A. in Foreign Affairs as well as a J.D. from the University of Virginia. As Director of Legal Services, Dominique makes sure Just Neighbors stays focused on humanitarian based immigration cases. Dominique is a polyglot, speaking Italian, Spanish, French on top of English. Dominique feels that her work at Just Neighbors is the most rewarding thing she’s done apart from raising her children.

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Allison Rothschild


Allison graduated Duke University with a degree in Political Science and obtained her law degree from Stanford Law School. During law school, Allison worked with the Stanford Immigrants’ Rights Clinic to represent clients in removal proceedings and volunteered at the border assisting asylum seekers.

“I am thrilled to join Just Neighbors and to be able to represent clients who, like all noncitizens, deserve to have a strong advocate on their side. I look forward to working alongside and learning from my passionate co-workers as I begin my legal career.”

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Cristina Sproul


Cristina is a graduate of Amherst College with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. She obtained her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Cristina speaks fluent Spanish. Cristina strives to help people by educating and empowering our neighboring community. She has many reasons why she loves working at Just Neighbors, but mostly “I became a lawyer with the hope of promoting access to justice for those most affected by social injustice. Working with clients at Just Neighbors has been one of my most rewarding experiences; I wake up excited to start my day knowing that I will have the opportunity to meet strong, ambitious individuals seeking to improve their lives and their community.”

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Lorena Meruvia


Lorena provides administrative and legal case support to the Unaccompanied Children’s legal team. Lorena graduated from the College of William and Mary with a bachelor’s degree in political science. While at W&M, she studied abroad in Argentina - participating in a human rights program focused on understanding Argentine culture, politics, and human rights issues. As a Bolivian immigrant and child of immigrants, Lorena has spent her entire career advocating for the protection of human rights of different vulnerable communities facing a loss of liberty in the DMV area. She was an intern for Just Neighbors in 2019 and then went on to work as a criminal defense investigator for the D.C. Public Defender’s Office. Lorena is honored to be back at Just Neighbors to continue serving immigrant children and families in the DMV area and to continue putting her Spanish fluency to good use in service to others.

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