Justice for Immigrants is a campaign started in 2004 by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and a diverse coalition of Catholic groups all over the country to try to unite and mobilize people in support of comprehensive immigration reform. 

The primary objectives are:

  • To educate the public, especially Catholic organizations and political leaders on the Church's teachings on migration and immigrants.
  • To create political will for positive immigration reform.
  • To enact legislative and administrative reforms based on the principles articulated by the USCCB.
  • To organized Catholic institutions to assist qualified immigrants to benefit from reforms. 

We recognize the conditions that compel people to leave their homes because of lack of the lack of opportunity to provide for themselves and their families and JFI also works with the Catholic Campaign Against Global Poverty

Our local chapter of Justice for Immigrants has helped influence legislation on the local level in Santa Clara County as well as on the National level. We have representatives from our Statewide and National coalitions fighting for immigration reform. In 2010 we were awarded the Beacon of Light award by the County of Santa Clara. If you are interested in becoming involved with Justice for Immigrants, please email us at jfisanjose@gmail.com.

The Storytelling Project came about as the members of the executive committee of Justice for Immigrants heard more and more stories from immigrants and from people living in the harsh conditions of Mexico and Central America. These personal encounters transformed us. We wondered how we could bring these stories to those who have not had the opportunity to learn of the depth of their struggles. We set about gathering and recording interviews with immigrants who told us their stories. We interviewed people in Tijuana as part of the Tijuana Ministry. We interviewed people living in Puebla, Mexico. We interviewed immigrants living in this country, hearing their stories of the devastating treatment at work, in their homes and communities, and at the hands of a harsh immigration policy that led to families being torn apart. We are now working to use those stories in artistic programs, educational packets for parishes and schools, and in support of advocacy work to change policies that have led to so much suffering. To donate, please click here.


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