Dedicated people who seek to welcome immigrants.


Executive Leadership

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Jonquil Bertschi, Executive Director

Jonquil has dedicated her career to fighting injustice against vulnerable populations, especially children and families. Prior to joining us, Jonquil was the social action program director at HAVEN, where she directed the court advocacy and first response teams, providing legal advocacy and support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence throughout Oakland County. Prior to that, she was the executive director of the Weiss Children’s Advocacy Center in Flint. Jonquil holds a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Women’s Studies and Religion from Kalamazoo College.

“In the current political climate, immigrants are facing a lot of uncertainty and trauma. I am honored to provide welcoming, culturally appropriate legal services to our immigrant neighbors.”


Melanie D. Goldberg, Legal advisor

Melanie D. Goldberg has been practicing Immigration Law in the Detroit area for more than 15 years. She graduated from New York Law School and is admitted to practice in Michigan and New York. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves on the Executive Committee of the Michigan Chapter. Melanie is actively involved in AILA’s National Day of Action (lobbying for better immigration laws). She frequently educates on issues of immigration as a guest speaker to any group willing to listen.

I am so grateful to Justice for Our Neighbors  for the opportunities I have to make a difference in so many lives


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides governance and oversight to all JFON locations in Michigan.


Wafa Adib-Lobo

Trace Bauman

Becky Beauchamp

Kristine Faasse

Hoon-Yong Hopgood

Mani Khavajian

Sonya Luna

David Lundquist

Rev. Paul Perez

Xochitil Quintero

Joan VanDessel

Francisco Villegas