The first monthly Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) free legal clinic will be held at Storm Lake United Methodist Church, 211 E. Third St., from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11. The clinic will assist clients with immigration issues. This is the 20th clinic site established by UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). Marilyn Fields is the clinic coordinator.
The clinics will assist people in ways such as the following:
* Review of immigration status and options
* Applications for legal permanent residence
* Family based immigration cases
* TPS applications
Trina M. Scott-Zuor, an immigration attorney who works for The United Methodist Church and whose office is in Des Moines, will meet with 10-12 clients each month. She serves clients throughout western Iowa and conducts clinics in Des Moines, as well as Storm Lake. Trina is a former second grade teacher who taught in a diverse community in Chamblee, Georgia. As a teacher Trina was impacted by the many immigration issues that challenged her students and their parents. The experience motivated her to attend law school with the certainty that she wanted to practice Immigration Law.
Alice Mar, a staff member of UMCOR in Washington, DC, and the coordinator of the Justice For Our Neighbors program, will lead a training session for JFON volunteers Saturday afternoon. Volunteers will greet clients, help them complete the intake forms, care for their children, provide translation services and assist the attorney as needed. Contact Lowell or Marilyn Fields (732-7783) or the church office (712-732-5458) to volunteer.
New clients will be accepted for the February clinic. Contact Lowell or Marilyn Fields for more information.