Client Stories

The stories of our clients are amazing! As humans, they have suffered trauma and indignities that no one should have to endure. But because of their inner strength and resiliency, they struggle through the most difficult challenges.

We at JFON-NE are honored to help our clients find safety and a better future in the United States. Click through these stories to learn more about how JFON-NE legal services changes lives. Go to our Get Involved page to learn how you can help.

Impact Litigation

Remberto’s Impact Litigation Case Changed Immigration Law

Impact litigation reveals errors in our broken immigration system.

When Remberto’s case first came to JFON-NE, he was detained and had just been denied relief in a published decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. See Aguinada-Lopez v. Lynch, 814 F.3d 924 (8th Cir. February 23, 2016) (“Aguinada-Lopez I”). Remberto was facing deportation to El Salvador where his life was in grave danger. As part of our impact litigation work, JFON-NE teamed up with the Center for New Americans at the University of Minnesota Law School, and the law firm of Wichmer & Groneck in St. Louis to file an emergency stay of removal and a petition for rehearing. Read more…

The Path to Citizenship Takes Many Years

Jasmine’s story illustrates the lengthy timeline to obtain U.S. citizenship.

Jasmine was just 13 years old and living with her grandmother in the West African country of Cameroon when her parents in the U.S. finally saved enough money to bring her to Omaha. They wanted their daughter to live in safety and have more educational and economic opportunities than she had in Africa, where she was living in desperate poverty.

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Roberto from Nicaragua

Roberto was Abandoned by his Father

JFON-NE client Roberto is a native of Nicaragua. Living in abject poverty with his mother and younger siblings, he didn’t even have shoes. When he was 16, he decided to reunite with his father in Nebraska and find a way to support his family. It didn’t quite work out as he planned.

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