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.


Poverty

Roberto was Abandoned by his Father

Living in poverty in Nicaragua with his mother and younger siblings, Roberto decided to find a way to support his family.

Roberto is a native of Nicaragua who was living in poverty with his mother and younger siblings. His family lacked the basic essentials, Roberto 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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Collaboration

Aysa’s Suffering Required Collaboration

Collaboration among agencies strengthens the likelihood of a positive outcome. Asya needed intensive therapy along with immigration relief.

Asya, from Kenya, was brought into the U.S. in 1997 with her parents when she was just three years old. Two years later Asya was thrilled when her sister, Busara, was born. The sisters were inseparable. But everything changed in an instant . . .

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Mother's Day

Keep Families Together This Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, JFON-NE celebrates the brave immigrant mothers who leave their homes to create a stable life for their children.

Mothers’ Day 2016 is coming up quickly. This is the time of the year to show gratitude toward your mother for her strength, courage, and love. JFON-NE especially wants to celebrate the brave immigrant mothers who leave their homes to create a stable life for their children, like our JFON-NE client Kayla. Our legal services ensure that immigrant families can remain together. Please take a moment to schedule your donation on the Omaha Gives website to commemorate your own mother and the life she gave to you. Read more…

Nebraska

Thanda and Wunna’s Case Changes Nebraska Law

A JFON-NE team effort opened a new avenue of relief for Nebraska ’s abused, abandoned, and neglected children.

Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Status is a pathway to permanent residency for children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both of their parents. For many years in Nebraska, this option was only open to children who had been mistreated by both of their parents. Although contrary to federal law and rulings by other states, children in Nebraska who still had one supportive parent in their life were left without options for relief. In 2015, the JFON-NE legal team developed a strategy that changed the outcome for Nebraska children.

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