Maria Sol Varisco-Santini was appointed to become Iowa JFON’s next Executive Director. She took the reins on Monday November 13, 2017.

The Committee is thrilled that Sol has accepted this position.  Committee Chair Frank Camp said, “After interviewing several candidates in our search for a new ED over 12 months, we believe Sol has the experience, passion and initiative that we were looking for and have needed for so long.”  

She brings experience from another not-for-profit organization providing direct social services to multicultural populations. As the Program Director of the Hispanic Outreach and Refugee Resettlement Program, she gained extensive experience working with volunteer teams, handling budgets, statewide presentations and supervising up to twenty staff persons.

Sol’s experience includes the management and oversight of private, state and federal grants.  She demonstrated a capacity to assemble, mobilize, and inspire cross-functional teams in the design, deployment, and implementation of organizations’ strategies.  She has leadership skills coordinating advocacy with multiple organizations to help immigrant communities and experience providing immigration 101 presentations. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Join us in welcoming Sol to our organization. We have exciting times ahead!


Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors is a non-for-profit organization, welcoming immigrants of all faiths into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy. Iowa JFON has been serving clients in our communities since 1999.  Established by the United Methodist Committee on Relief in 1999, Iowa JFON helps people from all over the world.  Our services are available to all without regard to national origin, race, gender, or religion. Clinics are located in Cedar Rapids, Columbus Junction, Decorah, Des Moines, Ottumwa, Marshalltown and Storm Lake.

Your donation allows Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors to provide free immigration legal counsel to low-income refugees and immigrants.  For more information and if you would like to donate please visit our website:



On June 25th, 2017 the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) announced the Pro Bono Champions awards at this year's annual conference. Our Managing Attorney Ann Naffier was awarded. 

Ann Naffier is a Managing Attorney with Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors where she has worked since January 2014. Ann has been a dedicated legal services provider and leader for immigrant justice in Iowa for more than 20 years. Prior to becoming an immigration attorney, she worked as a Board of Immigration Appeals Representative for more than 10 years. With her clients, Ann is compassionate, enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable. She has helped expand access to free, high quality immigration legal services throughout the state of Iowa. Over the years, she has volunteered countless evening and weekend hours at free legal clinics, Know Your Rights presentations and community town hall presentations. In addition to her dedication to her clients, Ann has been a volunteer mentor to immigration attorneys across the state of Iowa and beyond. Many Iowa immigration attorneys can say they trained or volunteered under Ann’s direction and still seek out her gracious leadership. For more information visit AILA's Website:




Can you renew your DACA work permit? 

 If you have a work permit through DACA, and it expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, you have only until the beginning of October, 2017 to renew your DACA work permit.  Any renewal applications must be received by U.S.CIS by October 5, 2017.  If your work permit expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, and you would like assistance in preparing your renewal application, please call us, or another immigration attorney or accredited representative of your choice, immediately!  You can call Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors at 515-255-9809.  Be sure to tell us that you are calling about a DACA renewal. 

¿Puede Ud. renovar su permiso de trabajo de DACA?

Si Ud. tiene un permiso de trabajo obtenido a través de DACA, y éste expira entre el 5 de septiembre del 2017 y el 5 de marzo del 2018, solamente tiene hasta principios de octubre para renovarlo. Todas las solicitudes tienen que ser recibidas en los Servicios de Inmigración (USCIS por sus siglas en inglés) antes del 5 de octubre del 2017. ¡Si su permiso de trabajo expira entre el 5 de septiembre del 2017 y el 5 de marzo del 2018, y Ud. desea ayuda para preparar su solicitud de renovación, por favor inmediatamente llámenos a nosotros, o a un abogado de inmigración o representante acreditado que desee! Ud. puede llamar a Justicia para Nuestros Vecinos de Iowa al 515-255-9809. Asegúrese de decir que se trata de una renovación de DACA.

Consumer Advisory from AILA - Here

Help us Keep Families Together in Iowa!

Iowa JFON works to keep families together everyday and this Mother's and Father's Day we want to invite others to support our efforts!

It’s not too late to make a difference!  By making a tax deductible gift of $50 by June 30th, you can sponsor an advice and counsel session for an immigrant who cannot afford legal representation to be better informed about his/her rights and options under U.S. immigration law.  Together we can help change the lives of our immigrant neighbors.     

Join us in supporting families in our community HERE!

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