Justice For Our Neighbors Dallas-Fort Worth offers free and affordable, high-quality immigration legal services, provides education to the public, and engages in advocacy with and for our immigrant neighbors. JFON DFW services a region that is centered around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Legal services are provided by a licensed immigration attorney who remains with their case until relief is granted or all avenues are exhausted. Intake Clinics are held once each month at First United Methodist Church in Grapevine FUMC, Arapaho United Methodist Church in Richardson, and Genesis United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. At these clinics, immigrant neighbors are welcomed and meet with the JFON DFW attorney to learn if they have a claim to the legal status they seek. Volunteers and staff are privileged to hear the real stories of real people and see the issue of immigration in a much clearer light.
JFON DFW is a regional ministry which receives support from a variety of sources, including grants from the Texas Bar Foundation, Dallas Bar Foundation, American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Justice For Our Neighbors, and other generous individuals and organizations. JFON DFW also receives significant support from the North and Central Texas Conferences of the United Methodist Church and from churches across both of these great conferences.
JFON DFW Executive Director
SId Earnheart has been the Executive Director since 2021.
JFON DFW Legal Director
Ana Laura Arellanos-Baeza is a graduate of Baylor Law School and an attorney licensed in Texas. We are so fortunate that she joined JFON-DFW in August of 2017! Ana is herself an immigrant from Mexico. She recalls seeing her mother, a college-educated English speaker, struggle to figure out the forms she needed to file for Ana’s residency. “Her frustration and fear imprinted in me the desire to help the immigrant community,” Ana says. Ana finds that her own immigrant background, and especially her abilities as a native Spanish speaker, makes it easier for her to connect with clients. She offices on the Grapevine First United Methodist Church Campus and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-310-3820.
JFON DFW Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is comprised of an inclusive group from across the North and Central Texas Conferences. Current members of the Board are:
- Elisa O’Callaghan – Board Chair
- Beatriz Terrazas – Vice-Chair
- Mariella Alvarado – Secretary
- Rev. Dale Tampke – Treasurer
- Mayda Arista
- Cliff Clark
- Rev. Andy Lewis
- Rev. Allen Lutes
- Jan McDowell
- Dr. Charles Rives
- Molly Mayo Tampke
- Giovanny Torres
- Rev. Meg Witmer-Faile