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As the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) strives to be faithful to the gospel call and to meet the needs of sojourners who are already a part of our denomination, we often face difficult situations that require legal expertise in immigration matters.

We seek to respond to the real human needs of our immigrant members, pastors, and congregations in ways that are helpful and responsible.

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Our Mission

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Disciples Immigration Legal Counsel is one immigration attorney serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) by providing:

  • Representation for pastors of CC(DOC)

  • Immigration Legal Consultations for CC(DOC) members

  • Self-help resources

  • Legal updates

The Immigration Legal Counsel position, located in Disciples Home Missions, is funded by several General Ministries, Racial/Ethnic Ministries, Regions, and your Week of Compassion offerings.  Thank you for making our work possible!


Immigration Legal Counsel

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For Disciples Pastors

We provide full representation to Disciples regions and churches petitioning for pastors in nonimmigrant religious worker cases (R-1 visas) and special immigrant religious worker cases (green cards for religious workers).

There are no attorneys’ fees charged for these services (however, government filing fees still apply).

Pastors and seminarians, please contact Disciples Immigration Legal Counsel directly to discuss your situation.

For Disciples Immigrants

If you are a Disciples pastor seeking help for yourself or for others, please call or email us directly. Other individuals, please contact your pastor and ask them to connect us.

We will arrange a time when we can speak together by phone or video conference in English or Spanish. During that call we will listen to the details of your situation and provide some initial advice.  All consultations are confidential.

Depending on the nature of the case, we will either accept your case for full representation or help you to find appropriate local legal counsel.

Please contact us to discuss your situation.

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"Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.  Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it."

Hebrews 13:1-2

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Jonelle Ocloo, Esq.

Immigration Legal Counsel

Hi, I’m Jonelle Ocloo, Immigration Legal Counsel for Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Thank you for taking the time to stop by the website to learn about this work; I’m so glad that you are here.

Talking to a lawyer can be scary and intimidating, but I hope that you will find the opposite in working with me.  I welcome your call or inquiry for any question because the only silly question is the one that is never asked!  Also, I will be the first to tell you if I do not know the answer, and then I will do my best to research and find the answer as soon as possible.


I look forward to hearing from you!  

Contact / Contacto

Contact Disciples Immigration Legal Counsel to access our immigration services, to learn more about our work, or to explore how to support the immigrant community.

Comuníquese con Asesoría Legal Inmigratoria de Discípulos para acceder a nuestros servicios legales, aprender más sobre nuestro trabajo, o explorar como puede apoyar a la comunidad inmigrante.

8630-M Guilford Road, Suite 406

Columbia, MD 21046


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