Just Neighbors 

Grant Recipient 2022

The generous support from the Virts Miller Foundation has been instrumental in providing critical immigration legal services to the residents of Loudoun County. Between July 2022 and June 2023, Just Neighbors assisted 47 clients, including six children, from 14 different countries, impacting nearly 200 family members. These services are pivotal in granting clients the ability to work legally, secure permanent legal status, and offer protection from deportation—efforts that are vital in keeping families united.  

While many cases may take years to receive final approval, a significant number have achieved or are on track to receive interim status, enabling them to work legally in the meantime. Just Neighbors is committed to supporting our clients throughout the duration of their legal processes until final adjudication.  

In addition to direct legal services, we conducted presentations for over 300 individuals, including client groups and community members, focusing on immigration laws and “know your rights” sessions. These presentations were extended to members of the school system, enhancing their capacity to assist families without legal status.  

A notable initiative was the legal clinic held at Robey High School, an alternative institution primarily attended by immigrant students. In collaboration with the school’s social worker, we delivered an immigration presentation to students and their families, followed by a legal clinic that benefited ten student families. While some discovered pathways to documentation with our assistance, others were educated on their rights and how to avoid fraudulent schemes promising legal help for a fee.  

We are deeply appreciative of the Virts Miller Foundation’s support and the significant impact it has enabled. At the start of this grant period, we lacked county funding to serve Loudoun County residents. Although we have since received a county grant, the demand far exceeds what the county funds can cover. Despite the additional funding, we have been able to assist only 28% of those who have sought our help, highlighting the ongoing need for support in our community.