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Quick Facts

  •  Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a nonprofit immigration legal services agency that provides free, professional legal consultation, clinics and court representation to immigrants who have incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty level.
  •  In 2016, legal staff will have worked on 2,500 cases for people from 40+ countries—a 57% increase over the number served in 2013, and a 75% increase over the 501 served in 2011.
  •  Legal clinics are provided in Grand Island, Lexington and Omaha in Nebraska; consultations are offered at several locations in Omaha and also in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
  •  Staff includes eleven attorneys who, in addition to broad immigration knowledge and experience, have specializations in domestic abuse, child welfare, and rural capacity building.  Charles Shane Ellison, legal director, and Emiliano Lerda, executive director, are highly-qualified immigration attorneys and interviewed often on recent developments in immigration law and administration. See their bios. Contact Dawn Bashara for interview opportunities (see below).
  •  JFON-NE is a founding member of the Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline (NILAH), which provides central intake and resources to low-income immigrants and allows our staff and attorneys to spend more time providing services. Other member agencies include Catholic Charities, the Center for Legal Immigration Assistance, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, and the Women’s Center for Advancement.


  • In 2015, National JFON, our national affiliate, awarded a grant to spearhead impact litigation for its nationwide network. These strategically-selected cases have the potential to create positive precedent for immigrants and hold the government accountable for unlawful practices.
  • In 2015, JFON-NE’s child welfare attorneys worked on a case that opened a new avenue of relief for potentially hundreds of immigrant children in Nebraska who have been abused. abandoned, or neglected by one–but not both–of their parents.
  • In 2014, JFON-NE prevailed in a significant case that was before the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Board of Immigration Appeals, which corrected a long-standing internal flaw in the immigration system regarding refugees. Read more in Mario’s Story.
  • Also in 2014, JFON-NE and ACLU of Nebraska led an effort to educate Douglas and Lancaster county jail officials of their liability in ICE holds (holding persons beyond their sentence at the request of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

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Dawn Bashara
Communications & Development Director

Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska
2414 E Street
Omaha, NE 68107

Office: (402) 898-1349 Ext. 114
Mobile: 402-215-1498
Fax: (402) 502-4604