Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors (TN JFON) is a part of a national network of immigration legal clinics created by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in 1999. At present, there are 16 JFON clinics throughout the country. On average, the JFON network serves over 2,500 clients each year.
Tennessee JFON has been conducting monthly immigration intake clinics since April, 2008 and was launched by Belmont and Hillcrest United Methodist Churches. In addition to the cases accepted through the monthly intake clinics, in April, 2009, TN JFON accepted the immigration cases of 43 victims of domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse and their family members.
The primary objectives of TN JFON are to provide high-quality, free and low-cost immigration legal services for low-income individuals and to engage the faith community in advocacy on behalf of our immigrant neighbors. TN JFON conducts client intake through a monthly free immigration legal services clinic on the third Saturday of each month between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Nashville, then represents clinic clients through the pendency of their immigration legal needs.