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Alexandra Gillett, Staff Attorney

Alex has long held an interest in social justice issues, particularly those that immigrants face. She originally planned to become a high school Spanish teacher. But she soon changed course after teaching English to migrant farm workers in Southeast Michigan and teaching abroad in Spain and Peru. Alex graduated from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago in 2015, and made her way back home to Michigan to join our staff.

“We work hard to be a safe and welcoming space for all. It can be difficult for a new client to open up and share difficult details of their past. I want clients to feel comfortable and that they can trust us with their cases. “

 
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Raquel Owens, Site Director

After traveling to Thailand in 2011 to volunteer on the Thai/Burma border Raquel returned stateside with a passion to work with refugees and immigrants. She began volunteering in the nonprofit sector and turned her passion and volunteer experience into a career. Advocating, educating and bringing communities together to support one another is a driving force for the work she does.

“I am passionate this work because justice comes in all forms, and access to high quality legal services is one of them. The relationships and community that evolve through our services are life-changing.’

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Esmeralda Gonzalez, DOJ Accredited Representative

Esmeralda has been working at JFON since 2014. She is a legal assistant, and in 2016 became a DOJ Accredited Representative. As a DOJ Accredited Representative, she represents clients before the government. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Esmeralda is also a member of the West Michigan Latino Community Coalition.

“ I am very grateful to know that we are making a difference in someone’s life through our legal services.”

 

Contact

Please contact us to find out more or to schedule an appointment.

Address

207 Fulton St E,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone Number

616.301.7461

Hours

Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
by appointment only
(Hours subject to change)

Languages Spoken by Staff/Volunteers

  • Arabic

  • Burmese

  • English

  • Kinyarwanda

  • French

  • Spanish

 
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