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What I Saw: A Volunteer’s Experience at the US/Mexican Border

By: Jeanne Barnes The views and opinions expressed in this reflection are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Just Neighbors.  Write what you see; this is often the instruction given to writers.  I am basically an optimistic person, so I want to write what I saw …

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Just Neighbors’ Statement on Recent Presidential Memorandum Placing More Restrictions on Asylum Seekers

On April 29, 2019, a Presidential Memorandum (https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-memorandum-additional-measures-enhance-border-security-restore-integrity-immigration-system/) ordered the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security to propose regulations imposing significant barriers for asylum-seekers in search of protection in the United States. While the Memorandum addresses additional issues, some of which contradict each other, we want to highlight that the government intends to charge …

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An Interview with Mary Elizabeth Maffei, Just Neighbors’ Newest Staff Attorney

Mary Elizabeth started her time at Just Neighbors as a Legal Fellow in 2017 and recently became our newest Staff Attorney after getting barred. We sat down to ask her about her journey. Why did you choose to become an attorney? I wanted to help people after receiving my college degree, but I had yet …

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Statement on United Methodist Church 2019 Special Session of the General Conference

Last week, at a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis, MO, delegates passed the Traditional Plan, which tightened the rules restricting inclusion of the LGBTQI community.  We grieve with the LGBTQI community, feel the pain of a deeply divided global church, and acknowledge the hurt that this …

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The mission of Just Neighbors is to provide immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees in Virginia, especially those who are most vulnerable. We also seek to foster enriching experiences that enhance awareness and mutual understanding among our clients, volunteers, staff and community.

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