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Aug 9 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Lea Bush, Senior Director of Family & Community Services, discusses the goal of the parking lot is to provide a safe space to sleep for newly homeless people who are temporarily living in their vehicles, the homeless population that often goes unnoticed.

Jul 21 2020

KPBS

The non-profit Jewish Family Service of San Diego distributes the state payments in the form of prepaid debit cards. They go to undocumented people impacted by the pandemic in San Diego and Imperial Counties, where around 7% of the state’s undocumented population lives.

Jul 21 2020

U.S. News & World Report

Noun Abdelaziz, outreach coordinator for our Breaking Down Barriers program, sees herself as a “citizen of the world.” At JFS, she is destigmatizing mental health and bringing her community’s voice forward.

Jul 13 2020

NPR

Two days after the mom gave birth in a San Diego hospital, the mother was given a choice: Go back to Mexico with or without her newborn, who is a U.S. citizen by birthright. “That’s not a choice. That’s not a legitimate choice,” said Mitra Ebadolahi, an attorney with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. She said the mother and the baby returned to Mexico.

Jul 13 2020

Border Report

Luis Gonzalez, Jewish Family Service Immigration Attorney, details why a family should not have been expelled to Mexico in this video interview.

“This family should have been granted release into the U.S. to await their asylum proceedings, as the Department of Homeland Security has done with more than 23,500 individuals – all in family units – over the past one and a half years across the San Diego border region,” Gonzalez said.

Jul 13 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

When an asylum-seeking family from Honduras crossed the border last month, Border Patrol agents separated the parents and quickly sent the father and young son to Mexico. The mother was sent to a hospital in Chula Vista where she gave birth. She was then returned to Tijuana a few days later with their newborn son — a U.S. citizen.
Attorneys with Jewish Family Service and the American Civil Liberties Union said that the family should’ve been allowed to wait for its asylum case in the United States.

Jul 10 2020

BuzzFeed News

“During the entire process, she was in pain from giving birth and she felt no choice but to go into Mexico,” the family’s attorney said.

Jul 10 2020

KPBS

“That’s not a choice. That’s not a legitimate choice,” said Mitra Ebadolahi, a lawyer with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. “These people both, both the mother and the father, were literally driven in a patrol vehicle to the border and forced to walk across into Mexico by armed agents. I don’t see choices there.

On Friday, the ACLU and Jewish Family Service of San Diego filed a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General, and a request to simply allow the family to enter the U.S. to continue their asylum process.

Jul 10 2020

AP News, New York Times, Washington Post, US News & World Report, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Fox 5 San Diego

Last week, a federal appeals court and a district judge blocked a Trump policy to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. border with Mexico without first seeking protection there.

Jewish Family Service wants the family released in the United States, where they have relatives, to argue their asylum case in court. Together with the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties, the group plans to ask the Homeland Security Department to investigate what happened.

Jul 5 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

JFS is urgently calling for additional volunteer drivers to help deliver freshly prepared meals and shelf-stable food packages to isolated, at-risk seniors throughout San Diego County.

Jul 1 2020

GB Magazine

For many in San Diego, making ends meet is a daily challenge. This is especially true for our community’s most vulnerable: struggling families, older adults, people experiencing homelessness, and undocumented immigrants. And this hardship has been even further compounded by the COVID-19 crisis. Jewish Family Service is committed to meeting San Diego’s ever-changing needs, assisting people of all faiths, backgrounds, and ages.

Jun 26 2020

KPBS

JFS was named a Super Pantry. Sasha Escue, Director of Nutrition Services, is interviewed at our no-touch, no-contact food distribution that takes place every weekday at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus. Click below for an article and video of the story.

Jun 23 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Tom Stewart, Hand Up Food Pantry Coordinator, is recognized as a front-line hero in this testimonial.

Jun 19 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

In this op-ed, CEO Michael Hopkins and Ellen J. Neufeldt, President of California State University San Marcos, discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to protect DACA recipients and how critically important it is that Congress takes action now to provide permanent safety, protection, and pathway towards citizenship.

Jun 3 2020

KPBS

Sedrick Murhula, JFS Youth Program Coordinator, participates in this important roundtable discussion.

May 31 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

With ‘Remain in Mexico’ hearings paused, the coronavirus lockdown has made it increasingly difficult to find food and shelter.

May 27 2020

Voice of San Diego

The City Council voted unanimously to extend the city’s contract with the nonprofit Jewish Family Service, citing a potential increase in homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic and after police found no evidence that program was increasing crime, as opponents predicted it would.

May 21 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Encinitas council approves proposal, saying program provides a critical service given during pandemic.

May 21 2020

The Coast News

After reading over 100 testimonials and comments, the Encinitas City Council voted to reauthorize the extension of the Jewish Family Service’ss Safe Parking Program for its full 16-month lease during its May 20 meeting.

May 18 2020

Border Report

Jewish Family Service, an agency in San Diego with a long history of helping immigrants, was chosen as one of 12 agencies to distribute funds as part of the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI), as promised by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

May 18 2020

Univision Noticias

Jewish Family Service de San Diego (JFS) está operando el proyecto de Asistencia de Desastre para Inmigrantes (DRAI por sus siglas en Ingles) del Estado de California para los Condados de San Diego e Imperial. El Proyecto DRAI es una ayuda financiera del estado para inmigrantes adultos indocumentados afectados por COVID-19. Es una ayuda de una sola instancia como asistencia por desastre.  Un adulto indocumentado que califica puede recibir $ 500 en asistencia directa, con un máximo de $ 1000 en asistencia por hogar.

May 18 2020

Univision Noticias

Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) is operating the State of California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) project for San Diego and Imperial Counties. The DRAI Project is one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household.

May 17 2020

PATCH – Cal Matters

Applications are approved on a first-come, first-served basis until the $75 million in state funding runs out.

May 15 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Unauthorized immigrants in San Diego County impacted by COVID-19 eligible to receive a one-time relief payment from state, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher announced Friday.

May 15 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

“These are folks who work,” Fletcher said in announcing the launch of the San Diego Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrant Program. “Many of them are essential workers. They pay taxes and they work in our vital core sectors of many of our essential businesses.” It will be operated in San Diego County by Jewish Family Service beginning Monday. Applicants can call Jewish Family Service at (858) 206-8281.

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