Mission & History
Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors (Austin JFON), a non-profit law office, welcomes refugees and immigrants into our communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.
We believe in justice for all. Justice shouldn't rely on who can pay for it. We offer our legal services for free to clients whose household income is at or below 200% of the poverty level.
We believe in respecting the human dignity of all people. This should be a priority from policy to the daily practice of law, education, and advocacy.
We believe in generational change for our whole community through the work of immigration justice.
We are committed to being an organization that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, nationality, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status, legal status, veteran status, religion, ability, and age. This comes with a responsibility to continue developing and growing our understanding of how individuals experience discrimination and to review how our systems and procedures may need to change to live into our commitment.
Established in May of 2013, Austin Region Justice for Our Neighbors celebrates over a decade of defending human rights in Central Texas. We have always focused on humanitarian cases and narrowed our new client intake to specifically removal defense in 2017 to fill gaps in service for those who are most at-risk for deportation.
As part of the Immigration Law and Justice Network (formerly National Justice for Our Neighbors), founded in 1999 by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, we're proud to be part of a movement to assist immigrants all over the United States in navigating this country’s complex and ever-changing system of immigration regulations.
Austin JFON is grateful for the continued support of many United Methodist individuals, congregations, and parachurch entities, including assistance with affordable office space in the city of Austin. To be clear, we are a separate 501(c)3 status public charity with no religious affiliation and strive to make our space and services safe and welcoming for neighbors of any and no religious affiliation.