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News: New JFON Regional Clinic Attorney09-21-2011
The Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) Northern Illinois Conference Board of Directors is very pleased to welcome Jenny Ansay as our new Regional Clinic Attorney starting October 1. JFON is a ministry that engages local congregations in providing free immigration legal services, public education, and faith-based advocacy.
Jenny Ansay has impeccable academic and professional credentials and a record of faith-based social justice. Jenny comes to JFON with significant experience in various areas of immigration law, having primarily worked with asylum-seekers and crime victims. She has worked with the DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic as a student advocate, U visa project supervisor, and temporary staff attorney.
During law school, she also volunteered with ProBAR, an organization located on the U.S.-Mexico border that provides free legal services to immigrants in detention in Southern Texas. The daughter of immigrants from Poland, she has firsthand knowledge of the struggles immigrant families face as they seek paths to lawful status in the United States. Her commitment to immigrants' rights also stems from her pursuit of a degree in religion as an undergraduate student. The study of social justice in Jesus' life and teachings inspired her to commit to such work.
“From the very beginning of the interview process, we were impressed with her depth of experience, exceptional references, commitment to faith based social justice and passion for serving immigrants. We look forward to seeing her experience, legal expertise and passion at work as we continue to fulfill our mission of providing free, high-quality legal services, education, advocacy and encouraging cross-cultural community building,” said Rev. Lisl Heymans Paul, JFON-NIC’s Chair of the Regional Board of Directors.
Jenny graduated with a degree in religion from Northwestern University and from the DePaul University College of Law with a certificate in public interest law. National Attorney for JFON, Danny Upton said, “Jenny Ansay has impeccable academic and professional credentials and a record of faith-based social justice advocacy. She personifies all aspects of our mission, and we are very pleased to join her knowledge and passion to our efforts in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference.”
Jenny is eager to start in the ministry and welcome many more immigrants into our churches and communities in Northern Illinois. "I am extremely pleased and blessed to be able to help clients navigate the often complicated and confusing immigration process."
If you would like more information on JFON visit the new website www.jfonnic.org. Clients or volunteers can either do so on the website or call 630-301-6906 to schedule an appointment or for more information.