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Jul 25 2019


A mother and her child – assisted by our pro-bono immigration attorneys – attempted to plead their case for asylum in U.S. immigration court. This mother and her teenage son are running from gangs in El Salvador that killed other members of their family. Even though they have already been robbed in Mexico and live in constant fear of being found by the gangs, this family has been placed in the Migrant Protection Protocols and must remain in Mexico until they can pass a “credible fear” interview. Our legal team will continue to fight for this family, and many others like them, in the hopes of helping them find safer and more secure lives in the U.S.

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Jul 24 2019

ABA Journal

“Some of the asylum-seekers do have support on the north side of the border, but it’s difficult to access that support when it’s across an international line,” says JFS Immigration Attorney Leah Chavarria.

Jul 17 2019

Fox 2

The Oakland, California, Fox station highlights the work of two students who’ve founded a nonprofit that collects handwritten letters for Latin American migrants. This past June, dozens of Cartas Con Amor were delivered to the JFS Migrant Family Shelter. Learn more about their mission and their visit to our shelter: https://www.cartasconamor.org/

Jul 15 2019

As part of the I Am An Immigrant Campaign, #ToImmigrantsWithLove encourages everyone to donate to organizations serving our immigrant community. The San Diego Rapid Response Network is featured on their list of organizations making a difference at the border.

Jul 11 2019

Times of San Diego

The effect of “Remain in Mexico”—Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) is having on the number of asylum-seekers.

Jul 10 2019

The New York Times

In this front-page article, Kate Clark, Senior Director of JFS Immigration Services, discusses the impact of the “remain in Mexico” program.

Jul 10 2019


The shelter run by JFS screens families for communicable health conditions after leaving “inhumane conditions” at overcrowded detentions centers in Texas and Arizona.

Jul 5 2019

Organizaciones comunitarias piden mantener la calma y corroborar cualquier información que circule en redes sociales.

Jul 1 2019

San Diego Jewish Journal

JFS and Jewish Federation have formed a partnership to advocate for a State-funded grant that would increase community security and ensure nonprofits are protected from violent hate crimes.

Jun 28 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Despite the end of family separation policies, non-traditional families seeking asylum still face hurdles in the United States.

Jun 28 2019

Times of San Diego

The third parking lot in our Safe Parking Program is the first to welcome RVs. Homeless individuals and families have access to emergency support, benefits assistance, and help with locating permanent housing.

Jun 25 2019


Reporter Stella Escobedo tours the Migrant Family Shelter and chats with JFS CEO Michael Hopkins about the humanitarian services we provide following increased security at the Southern border.

Jun 18 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Reporter Kate Morrissey captures the reaction of the San Diego immigrant community to Trump’s announcement that ICE will begin mass deportations.

Jun 12 2019

Vice News

This video segment explains the politics behind the U.S-Mexico immigration agreement and includes footage of the JFS Migrant Family Shelter. County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and an asylum-seeking guest are both interviewed.

May 27 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

COO Dana Toppel provides an update on Safe Parking Program after city passes new ordinance.

May 23 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Mainly children have shown flu-like symptoms since arriving at the shelter, county officials said.

May 20 2019

KUSI, Good Morning San Diego, KOGO-AM (Radio)

San Diego Rapid Response Network Recognized with 2019 Grand Golden Watchdog Award, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association Highest Honor.

May 11 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

One-on-one profile with JFS Staff Member and Gala Honoree Aviva Saad.

May 9 2019

San Diego Jewish World

San Diego Jewish World Reporter Don Harrison takes a closer look at the humanitarian aid asylum-seeking families receive at our migrant shelter. From food to medical help to transportation, he explains how families begin their new lives in the United States.

May 6 2019

The China Daily

China’s leading English-language newspaper highlights our migrant shelter and the services we provide to asylum-seekers from Central America. CEO Michael Hopkins talks about the hardships families face in order to access this critical humanitarian aid.

May 1 2019

San Diego Jewish Journal

S. Mark Taper Foundation generously funded vital food insecurity programs open to all in the community.

Apr 29 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune, CBS 8, KUSI, NBC 7, Telemundo 20, ABC 10, Fox 5, Times of San Diego, KTLA 5, NBC 4, Telemundo 52, CBS 2

Nearly 4,000 San Diegans showed their support at a community vigil held for Chabad of Poway. People of all faiths joined together to honor the
Apr 28 2019

The San Diego Union Tribune

Our 2019 annual Heart and Soul Gala raised a record-breaking $1.5 million to continue our work of building a stronger, healthier San Diego. Take a closer look at how this magical and memorable night unfolded.

Apr 16 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The JFS Fix-It service, which provides free minor home safety modifications for adults with Alzheimer’s, is featured as a community resource in the UT. The article breaks down how to keep loved ones with Alzheimer’s safe as the disease progresses through different stages.

Apr 16 2019

KPBS, NBC San Diego, CBS 8, ABC 10 News, Times of San Diego, San Diego Union-Tribune

Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Tuesday that the city will make a parking lot in Mission Valley near SDCCU Stadium available to vehicles in the next 45 days.

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