Manne Favor, Executive Director
Manne Favor comes to JFON Houston with an extensive background in nonprofit management, fundraising and ministry. He has over 20 years of experience in leading and developing mid-size non-profit organizations. As an immigrant himself, Manne has first-hand knowledge of the impact of the U.S. immigration system and the difficulties many immigrants face in finding quality legal counsel. Inspired by his own immigration experience, Manne is very passionate about creating programs for immigrants that address not only their legal needs, but also their emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Manne’s passion for helping people is contagious. It is the thread that permeates his entire life and career - whether it is his work with the various non-profits that he has been part of, or the ministries that he has led, assisting and empowering others is always at the core of his work. He received his Bachelor of Theology degree from Trinity College of Ministerial Arts in 1994 in Nigeria, West Africa.
Joy Green, LEGAL DIRECTOR
Joy Green is the Legal Director for JFON Houston. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Policy Studies from Rice University and her Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School. While in college, she spent a semester abroad at the University of Havana in Cuba.
Prior to working with JFON, Joy spent four years in private practice in Dallas with a law firm that exclusively specializes in immigration law. There she gained valuable experience representing individuals across the United States with family based immigration, removal defense, naturalization, and humanitarian relief. During law school, Joy was a legal intern with Immigration and Refugee Services at Catholic Charities.
Joy is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative. Prior to starting her legal career, Joy was a public school teacher. She is proficient in Spanish.
MARISA PETERSON, STAFF ATTORNEY
Marisa Peterson is a Staff Attorney for JFON Houston on the Deportation Defense Houston Project. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Utah State University and her Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School. During law school, Marisa studied abroad in a program focused on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica, and interned with a UNHCR funded nonprofit serving asylum seekers in Costa Rica. While in law school, she completed two immigration related internships and participated in a clinic program focused on victim rights law.
Prior to joining JFON, Marisa worked with nonprofits in Houston and Corpus Christi where she provided immigration legal services to trauma survivors of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds. She has worked with asylum seekers at various stages of the application process, and mentored volunteer attorneys providing pro bono representation.
Marisa was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2015 and later joined the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Before law school, Marisa lived abroad, spending 18 months in Northeastern Brazil, and 5 months in Peru. She is proficient in Spanish and Portuguese.
GABRIELA LOPEZ-COMPEAN, STAFF ATTORNEY
Gabriela Lopez-Compean is a Staff Attorney for JFON Houston. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Hispanic Studies from Rice University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center. Gabriela was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2016.
Prior to working with JFON, Gabriela worked three years in private practice in Houston. She represented clients before immigration services and immigration court. She has experience in a variety of cases, including family based immigration, naturalization, humanitarian relief, and removal defense. While in law school, she participated in both the civil and immigration clinics representing underprivileged clients, who were often victims of abuse.
Because she was born in Mexico and spent her early childhood there, Gabriela has personally experienced the immigration process and understands its toll on immigrant families. She is passionate about helping others successfully navigate the immigration system. She is fluent in Spanish.
JULIE STUCKEY, PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Julie Stuckey is the Program Assistant for Justice for Our Neighbors Houston. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rice University, and soon after moved into the world of computers. For over 20 years, Julie provided computer technical support for IBM, ServiceNet and Sonat, Inc. After adopting her children, Amy and Keith, she began supporting large church music ministries through program planning and administration. Prior to joining JFON, Julie worked as the Communications and Development Assistant for the nonprofit, Technology For All.
Julie is passionate about “welcoming the stranger”. Almost all Americans come from a heritage line of immigrants. Each of these incoming people brought many skills, hopes, and dreams and have made America the country it is today. She believes it is our duty to help our immigrant brothers and sisters, and help them find a home of safety and peace.
KARINA ESPINOZA, RECEPTIONIST
Karina Espinoza is the Receptionist for Justice for Our Neighbors Houston. She received her Associates degree in Business Management from Houston Community College, and has worked in the nonprofit field for three years. Karina also serves as Receptionist for the nonprofits, Mission Milby Community Development Corporation and Technology For All, who reside in the Mission Milby facility.
Karina has lived in Houston all her life, but many childhood summer vacations were spent in Mexico. Most of her family lived in Mexico, and throughout her life, she has heard many stories about the sacrifices her family made and the struggles it took to come to the United States. She is passionate about assisting immigrants who are looking for a better life here.