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Nov 8 2019

Time for Kids

In an article geared for students in grades 5-6, Time for Kids explains what it means for kids to “Remain in Mexico” as they seek asylum in the U.S. Lea Bush, Senior Director of Family & Community Services, is interviewed in this great overview for people just learning about this issue.

Nov 5 2019

CBS, KPBS, KUSI, The San Diego Union-Tribune, El Mexicano, Courthouse News

Coverage from our press conference with ACLU announcing our class-action lawsuit demanding access to legal representation for detained migrants who have expressed a fear of being returned to Mexico. The plaintiffs, a family from Guatemala, are represented by Jewish Family Service.

Oct 28 2019

ABC 10

This in-depth video segment follows a day-in-the-life of Celina, a young mother living in her vehicle at our Safe Parking Program. With two kids and a third one on the way, Celina has a full-time job and is working hard to find affordable housing so her kids can go to school in the United States. The Safe Parking Program provides Celina was a safe place to sleep, a community to share her day with, a Housing Specialist, and many other supportive services that help her build a stable future.

Oct 16 2019

Los Angeles Times

We are not mentioned in this poll, but we support our fellow Californians—of both parties—who recognize that our lives and communities are better when we welcome immigrants. We must continue to protect immigrants’ rights.

Oct 14 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

As more refugees arrive in San Diego than ever before, resettlement agencies – such as JFS – are negatively affected by the slashed arrival cap. CEO Michael Hopkins criticizes this new policy as a betrayal of our nation’s founding principles.

Oct 4 2019

KPBS

A group of lawyers headed by the JFS immigration team have organized Know Your Rights presentations for asylum-seekers in San Diego. Over three days, 100 individuals received vital legal information to assist them in their asylum cases.

Sep 27 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

JFS receives funding to continue to help permanent residents and refugees assimilate into American culture and prepare for citizenship.

Sep 18 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The new cap on refugee resettlements has drastically affected the number of people arriving in San Diego. Our Director of Refugee Services, Etleva Bejko, explains the changing demographics of the refugees who are still allowed to enter the U.S.

Sep 17 2019

MedPage Today

This two-part series details the poor medical care asylum-seekers receive while in ICE custody and highlights how humanitarian organizations, such as the San Diego Rapid Response Network, often have to treat migrants with severe health issues.

Sep 5 2019

KPBS

The JFS Higher Education Legal Services assists students, staff, and faculty on campus who need assistance with their immigration status. This program includes DACA renewals, Know-Your-Rights workshops, general consultations, and many other targeted legal services.

Sep 5 2019

ABC 10

Our award-winning On the Go: Navigator transportation service is taking part in a pilot program that connects older adults with free Lyft rides to their local senior center.

Sep 4 2019

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“These findings raise serious due process concerns,” said Kate Clark, JFS Senior Director of Immigration Services. “If asylum-seeking families are not being given vital instructions about their immigration proceedings in a language they can read or understand, how can we expect them to navigate an already complex legal process that is increasingly stacked against them?”

Seeking Asylum by the U. S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC) at UC San Diego – Read the full report

Sep 4 2019

Los Angeles Times

Tom K. Wong, director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at UCSD, highlights the abuses asylum-seeking families experience in federal immigration detention facilities. Wong and his team independently analyzed data from 17,000+ asylum-seekers who came through our Migrant Family Shelter and uncovered a trend of substandard living conditions, physical and verbal abuse, and inaccurate legal information at these facilities.

Seeking Asylum by the U. S. Immigration Policy Center (USIPC) at UC San Diego – Read the full report

Sep 4 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

JFS is applying for a county grant to provide hot meals to older adults at the Ed Brown Center in Rancho Bernardo. In addition to the nutritious low-cost meals, our award-winning On the Go transportation program would offer rides to and from the center to ensure the meal program is easily accessible for the whole community.

Sep 4 2019

San Diego Jewish World

Don Harrison visits Remembrance and Hope at our JFS – Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus.

Aug 28 2019

Times of San Diego, Fox 5, KUSI, KPBS

The JFS Higher Education Legal Services program provides students, staff, and faculty with access to immigration attorneys and critical legal services. We are proud to support the CSU community and ensure everyone has the opportunity to pursue higher education regardless of their country of origin.

Aug 22 2019

CBS 8

After four months in Tijuana, the wife and children of a US citizen were allowed to continue their asylum case in the US. They stayed in our Migrant Family Shelter before reconnecting with family and preparing for immigration court.

Aug 19 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Despite being 50 years apart in age, Joann and Golan bring warmth and adventure into each other’s lives – and it all started with our Friendly Visitor program.

Aug 18 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The Duwara Consciousness Foundation served the first meal out of their new food truck to people living in their vehicles at our Aero Drive safe parking lot. JFS Director of Strategic Partnerships, Carole Yellen, talks about how the donated dinner provided more than a meal – it brought a sense of community to unsheltered San Diegans.

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Aug 12 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Without attorney representation, migrants are having a hard time preparing for their asylum interviews if forced to Remain in Mexico. And some face grave dangers if forced to stay in Mexico and need protection. “Fear of Return” protection is very difficult to come by.

Aug 12 2019

The Jewish News of Northern California

From the article: “Where the federal government is failing, JFS is stepping up,” said Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda). Members of the Jewish and Latino legislative caucuses toured our Migrant Family Shelter and an ICE detention center to get a first-hand look at the difficult journey asylum-seekers face.

Aug 9 2019

Times of San Diego

Jewish Family Service’s “On the Go” program in conjunction with Ed Brown Center is one of three senior centers selected from across the country to test an outreach and education program connecting older adults with ridesharing services, so they can participate in health and wellness programs.

Jul 29 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Migrants who are returned to Mexico to wait for their court date under the MPP are at a high risk for kidnapping, human trafficking, and extortion. Our immigration attorney Luis Gonzalez talks about the danger asylum-seekers, particularly women with young children, face during their stay in Tijuana. The legal team at JFS is dedicated to representing vulnerable families as they search for a better life in the United States.

Jul 28 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

This frontpage Union-Tribune story investigates the challenges and importance of legal representation for asylum seekers who fall under Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), otherwise known as Remain in Mexico.

Jul 26 2019

La Mesa Courier

A group of local artists sold handmade mugs to raise money for the JFS Migrant Family Shelter. The fundraiser brought in $2,500, which will directly support asylum-seeking families as they search for a better life in the U.S.

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