Tennessee Justice For Our Neighbors
Casa Azafran
2195 Nolensville Road
Nashville TN 37211

Mission Statement

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors provides free or affordable immigration legal services, advocates for immigrant rights, and educates faith-based communities and the public about immigration issues.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr Wade Munday
Board Chair Ms Barbara Clinton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Independent Consultant
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $293,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $293,000.00 (2017)
Statements
Mission

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors provides free or affordable immigration legal services, advocates for immigrant rights, and educates faith-based communities and the public about immigration issues.

Background Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors (TNJFON) 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 19 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 TNJFON are to provide high-quality immigration legal services for low-income individuals and to engage the faith community in advocacy on behalf of our immigrant neighbors. TNJFON 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.

In 2014, JFON was granted an independent 501 (c) (3) determination letter by the IRS.
Impact
In 2015 & 2016, we accomplished the following:
  • Provided legal services to 1,100 low-income clients
  • Eliminated our waiting list so that clients no longer wait for humanitarian services
  • Partnered with bilingual health care providers to address the unmet primary and mental health care needs of immigrant clients who experienced direct and indirect trauma
  • Maintained our expertise related to U visas for victims of domestic violence and other forms of violent crimes
  • Protected victims of violent crimes, unaccompanied children, and members of religious minorities
  • Expanded our humanitarian services to assist unaccompanied children and members of religious minority groups
In 2017, we plan to accomplish the following:
  • Hire an additional attorney to respond to the crisis of unaccompanied children and Asylum seekers relocating to Tennessee
  • Facilitate better access to the justice system for immigrants in rural areas
Needs

1.  Operating support.

2.  Bi-lingual volunteers.

3. Pro Bono Attorneys 

4.  Legal volunteers (law students and paralegals).

5.  Volunteers with nonprofit management experience willing to consult or take on leadership roles.

6.  Community leaders willing to advocate on behalf of immigrants and refugees.

7.  Congregational leaders who can introduce the work of JFON in their religious communities.

 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Volunteers are needed at each monthly legal clinic.  Volunteer serve as:
Interpreters/Translators
Intake workers
Hospitality
Child care 
Food  for legal clinics
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Crime & Legal - Related / Legal Services
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Ethnic/Immigrant Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
TN

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors holds monthly intake clinics in Nashville, and most of our clients are from middle Tennessee. We do have a number of clients from other parts of Tennessee however, and even a few who have moved out of state, but we are continuing to serve them. Numerous individuals have driven long distances to access our services.

 
In 2015, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals clinics were also held in Murfreesboro and Cookeville. 
Board Chair Statement

We are thankful for our supporters including:

Baptist Healing Trust
The Frist Foundation
The Stephen Turner Family Foundation
The Charles & Mary Grant Foundation
Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation 
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund 
The Memorial Foundation
Tennessee Bar Foundation (IOLTA) 
Tennessee Bar Community Foundation 
Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church
National Justice For Our Neighbors 
United Methodist Committee on Relief 
West End United Methodist Church
Hillcrest United Methodist Church 
Belmont United Methodist Church 
Belle Meade United Methodist Church
Christ United Methodist Church
Arlington United Methodist Church 
Bone, McAllester, Norton
Sherrard & Roe
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd 
CEO Statement

Innocent children and mothers are not guaranteed legal representation in Immigration Court. Many of them have expended all of their financial resources and energy to reach the United States in order to be safe from violence and poverty in their own countries. We believe that it is our obligation to provide competent, free immigration legal services to provide access to justice for immigrants in Tennessee.

Because of an overwhelming shortage of services, many low-income immigrants find themselves in the hands of unscrupulous individuals holding themselves out to be competent to practice immigration law when they are not competent, and often not honest or ethical in their handling of cases.
 
If an innocent mother or child cannot afford an attorney or if they are represented by an unqualified attorney, then they are likely to be deported at government expense to a home country where they will face dire consequences.

TNJFON fills this staggering lack of legal resources for immigration needs in three ways.  First, it is one of four non-profit immigration legal services providers in the state in which a lawyer (as opposed to a trained non-lawyer) handles cases. Immigration law is extremely complex, and many individuals’ legal problems require an experienced immigration attorney. Second, it is one of the only lawyer-staffed organizations handling immigration matters that are not related to domestic violence. We do handle many domestic violence cases, but we also provide legal advice and representation to clients with a broad range of immigration legal problems.  Third, it is one of the only organizations that does not charge clients a fee for certain humanitarian services. This allows us to handle complicated and time-intensive cases for some of the most vulnerable and impoverished immigrants in our communities.

There are so few lawyers serving immigrants in our state that JFON has also become a resource for lawyers working in non-immigration settings with questions about how immigration matters might impact the issues on which an attorney is representing a non-citizen.  Lawyers helping non-citizens with criminal matters, divorce and custody disputes, abuse and neglect proceedings, wage theft or other employment disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, access to health care and benefits matters, and other kinds of civil legal matters have contacted JFON for information about how immigration matters might affect their cases. Other advocates helping immigrants look to JFON for advice with non-legal problems to help connect individuals with other services.

Programs
Description

1.      Because Tennesseans new to the US are victimized at an alarmingly disproportionate rate, TN JFON is partnering with the District Attorney for Nashville and Davidson County to represent victims in obtaining U-visas (Victims of Crime Visas), which helps the D.A. prosecute perpetrators of crimes. The victim’s advocate in that office has informed JFON that she has an extremely large number of such victims in need of immigration assistance to help with their cooperation with the prosecution. We have asked her to refer to JFON the cases most urgently needing representation, although the numbers of individuals even in this most urgent category have been more than JFON can handle with our existing staff. We have a number of individuals on our wait list at this time.  TN JFON is seeing many kinds of U-visa cases being referred from various agencies and churches. We have several heart-rending cases in which an undocumented child has been the victim of rape, which makes the child and their immediate family members eligible for a law-enforcement visa if the victim and parents help cooperate with the prosecution. 

As an example, this year TN JFON received a Victim of Crime visa for a victim of domestic violence whose husband beat her nearly to the point of unconsciousness in front of their two young children and tried to run over the family with his vehicle when they returned home to get clothes and shoes. With her law-enforcement visa she is able to better provide for her two children and prevent her abuser from threatening further harm because of her immigration status.

Budget 38000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Ethnic & Immigrant Groups
Population Served , ,
Long term Success

·       Visas for victims (U visas) received: 29 in 2011, 123 since founding

·       Green cards:  43 in 2011, 54 since founding 

Description

TN JFON helps individuals who are citizens or lawful permanent residents apply for their relatives to join them in the United States, as provided in federal immigration law. For example, we have a client who is a citizen, but is originally from Canada. Under our immigration law, she can petition for her daughter to obtain legal status here in the United States. With our help, her daughter, who is 20 years old, is now in the process of applying for her green card.

Budget 5000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Ethnic & Immigrant Groups
Population Served , ,
Examples of Program Success

A woman came to the Nashville JFON clinic because her application to naturalize to become a U.S. Citizen had been denied. She had been a lawful permanent resident for a number of years. The immigration officer had denied her naturalization petition because she had not established good moral character, as required by law. The reasoning the officer gave was that he believed she had been associated with a terrorist group in Central America. As a younger woman, she had been kidnapped by this terrorist group, forced into slavery, and repeatedly raped by its members. She had been granted asylum in the United States because of this persecution and had become permanent resident. Her major concern about having been denied naturalization was that she wanted to petition for her son to have status in the United States and not have to fear deportation. He was already twenty years old, and if she had been able to petition for him with the status of a U.S. citizen, it would have been a very fast process. If she spent time fighting the denial of her naturalization and lost, he would likely turn 21 in the interim, at which point he would enter a different category of relationship to her. In this new status, it would have taken her son approximately twenty years to be become a permanent resident. Although she did not realize this was relevant to her efforts, she was married to a U.S. citizen who was eligible to petition for her son as his step-son. We helped the family with the appropriate legal paperwork, and her son is now a lawful permanent resident with work authorization, a driver’s license, and on the path to citizenship. She may at some point choose to appeal the denial of her citizenship application, but for now, she has achieved her goal on behalf of her son.

Description

 Advising low-income Tennesseans about their rights under U.S. immigration law. TN JFON is one of the only lawyer-staff non-profit immigration legal clinics that advises individuals about a broad array of immigration legal issues without a charge. This is a very important service for low-income immigrants. Immigration issues deeply affect many of our immigrant neighbors’ lives, and they often fall prey to bad legal advice or, quite often, no legal advice. In the past year, TN JFON has given legal advice to two different immigrant mothers with extremely ill children. One mother who attended a clinic in 2009 had a child whose leukemia had just recently gone into remission, and she had important questions about the immigration process. Another mother was at a clinic in the spring of 2010 with a very small child on a ventilater, with a severely enlarged head, who also received free legal advice about her immigration situation.

Budget 0
Category
Population Served , ,
Long term Success 100 consultations in 2011. Through partnerships with pro bono attorneys that number increased to 200 in the first 6 months of 2012.
Description

On June 15, 2012, Secretary of Homeland Security announced a change of policy as to how DHS will enforce immigration law against young persons who came to the United States without documentation as children and have only known the United States as home.  Pursuant to this new policy, the Department will exercise prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action for qualifying young persons.

 JFON will engage area attorneys by offering training (CLE credit will be applied for) on the new Department of Homeland Securities process for deportation relief on behalf of youth. 
 
 In 2012, JFON helped 424 young people apply for deferred action and DACA clinics will continue in to 2013
 
Budget 20000
Category
Population Served , ,
Description

JFON helps unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 who are in the United States alone apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. This status will allow youth to apply for a social security number, work and obtain a drivers license.  In 5 years, these youth are eligible for citizenship

Budget 15000
Category
Population Served , ,
CEO Comments

TN JFON accomplishes its work by conducting monthly intake clinics at churches and recruiting volunteers from the church and surrounding community to assist in the process of providing legal services. While the actual legal services are provided by a paid staff attorney, volunteers play a central role in organizing each clinic, creating a welcoming atmosphere, and advocating for the immigrant community in diverse forums.

 

JFON volunteers do everything except provide legal advice on clinic days. They are trained to plan, coordinate, and run each clinic. They are given the skills needed to ensure the clinic flows well, provide case management services, provide translation services, and conduct an initial intake interview with clients. They are trained to maintain confidentiality of client information, as well as in issues regarding the prohibition of the provision of legal services by non-licensed individuals. They also arrive early to set up the space, prepare the files, bring food for the volunteers and clients to share, play with the children who come with their parents for intake, and generally provide hospitality. 

After the intake interview with a volunteer, the applicant meets with the JFON attorney, who advises the individual of their rights and immigration options. During this initial consultation, the JFON attorney will determine if he/she will represent this client. This is based on two factors. The first is whether or not the client has a viable means of relief within the current immigration system. The second criterion is financial; like most other not for profit organizations, we desire to serve those who cannot otherwise afford legal services. As such, we determine financial eligibility by utilizing the 200% of the US Department of Health and Human Services federal poverty guidelines while taking into account any existing special circumstances. If the individual is financially eligible and has an immigration remedy, the JFON attorney will represent the applicant in immigration proceedings or in pursuing other legal avenues to attain that remedy.
The benefits of this model are many First and foremost, the applicant receives high-quality, free or low cost immigration legal advice and representation which is not otherwise available in Middle Tennessee. Second, volunteers provide clients with a warm welcome and often help link clients with additional services for their non-legal needs. JFON only provides immigration legal services to clients, but the needs of this population far exceed legal advice and representation. The individuals JFON serves are often isolated and without access to available community services, and having help from volunteers in accessing resources is a tremendous benefit to them. Third, JFON volunteers become more educated about immigration issues and gain a deeper understanding of how the lack of legal immigration status negatively affects all aspects of an immigrant’s life. Volunteers become impassioned about sharing this knowledge with others and advocating for the immigrant community. The host church becomes more connected to the immigrant population around it and gains a more holistic understanding of the needs of their community. Finally, as JFON volunteers become committed to the work of the organization, they, and the various organizations and churches to which they belong, often give generously in other ways to our project. Individuals and churches have donated a laptop computer and three printers, hosted special events, translated client conversations and client documents, painted office space, given presentations about JFON to various churches and organizations, and donated money to support the work of the project. The commitment of volunteers on this level allows TN JFON to commit the majority our funding directly to serving the immigrant community. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms Barbara Clinton
Company Affiliation Independent Consultant
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Email barbclinton21@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms Karla Chavez Limpscomb UniversityVoting
Ms Barbara Clinton Community VolunteersVoting
Brenda Gadd Tennessee Bar AssociationVoting
Ms Mary Kathryn Harcombe Office of the Public DefenderVoting
William Paz Haynes Bone, McAllester, NortonVoting
Ms. Rose Hernandez Saev Hernandez Immigration LawVoting
Ms Wendy Kurland Homework HotlineVoting
Mr. Marc Overlock Friends in GeneralVoting
Mr Clay Petrey RetiredVoting
Mr Mario Stoilovich Caterpillar Financial Services CorporationVoting
Ms Liz Todaro Tennessee Bar AssociationVoting
Ms Merrilee Wineinger TN Conference Office United Methodist ChurchVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 80%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Nominating
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr Wade Munday
Term Start Jan 2015
Email wade@tnjfon.org
Experience

Wade graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University and Vanderbilt Divinity School.  Wade’s work with the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council gave him experience in fundraising, communications and public policy.  Wade has volunteered with Big Brother Big Sister, the Mary Parrish Center for Domestic Violence and the Hawassa Children’s Project in Ethiopia.

Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 250
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? No
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? No
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2012
Senior Staff
Title Legal Director
Experience/Biography

Adrienne received her undergraduate degree in English from Vanderbilt University in 2006, and her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2009. In the summer of 2007, Adrienne worked as an intern at the Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Immigrant Legal Clinic in Nashville, Tennessee. In the summer of 2008, Adrienne worked as a law clerk at Rose Immigration Law Firm in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 2012, Adrienne received the New Advocate Award from Tennessee Association of Legal Services.
Title Attorney
Experience/Biography

Bethany joined TN Justice for Our Neighbors in December 2014 as the DACA Attorney and is delighted to be working with immigrant youth in the metro Nashville area. She is a graduate of Rhodes College and Tulane University School of Law. Prior to joining JFON, Bethany was in private practice in New Orleans, Baltimore and Nashville. She has lived in Nashville for over a decade and volunteered with Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the Nashville Bar Association Pro Bono Program and the Nashville Public Library. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time her family.

CEO Comments

In September 2014, JFON will worked with Kate Monaghan, consultant with CNM, to develop a more comprehensive strategic plan. In January 2015, JFON hired an Executive Director to carry out the strategic plan.

 
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $293,000.00
Projected Expenses $293,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$219,165$203,808$0
Administration Expense$20,954$12,857$104,096
Fundraising Expense$19,178$10,173$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.161.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%90%0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%4%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$136,306$138,732$99,462
Current Assets$133,343$134,814$99,462
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$8,389$3,283$0
Total Net Assets$127,917$135,449$99,462
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities15.8941.06--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $130,225Contributions, Gifts and Grants $224,672Foundations and Corporations $70,700
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $90,740Fundraising Events $20,318Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $51,062
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $16,730Program Revenue $17,835Program Services $19,269
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018
Organization Comments
JFON has strong internal controls and seeks to be a good steward of all donated funds.  For every dollar donated, JFON matches it with $1.77 of in-kind support including volunteers, donated accounting and legal supervision.
 
We are thankful for our  supporters:
Baptist Healing Trust
The Frist Foundation (Technology Award)
Cal Turner Family Foundation
Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund
The Memorial Foundation
The Cole Family Foundation
Tennessee Bar Foundation (IOLTA)
Tennessee Bar Community Foundation
 
 
Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Committee on Relief
West End United Methodist Church
Hillcrest United Methodist Church
Belmont United Methodist Church 
Belle Meade United Methodist Church
 
 
Bass Berry & Sims
Sherrard & Roe
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Until 2012, this organization was part of the Belmont Methodist Church and, therefore, was exempt from filing an IRS Form 990. 
 
Beginning in 2013, financial figures are taken from the Form 990.
Schedule B removed to protect donor privacy. 
990 was prepared internally by the nonprofit.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 7/5/17.
Nonprofit Tennessee Justice For Our Neighbors
Address Casa Azafran
2195 Nolensville Road
Nashville, TN 37211
Primary Phone (615) 835-2512
Contact Email wade@tnjfon.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr Wade Munday
Board Chair Ms Barbara Clinton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Independent Consultant
Year of Incorporation 2007

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