The Justice Institute

The Justice Conference believes that every Christian should pursue justice as a consistent lifestyle. This includes multiple forms of solidarity and advocacy. This is why our Justice Institute event in Washington, D.C. will be centered around the theme of advocacy. At this event, we will teach you the practical steps to advocating for better national policy regarding immigration and other issues that affect marginalized people groups. Don’t miss this advocacy event at The Justice Institute in Washington, D.C.

Immigration & Advocacy
Justice Institute DC || SEPT 12-13 2018

Justice Institute DC || Speakers

The speakers for this year’s Justice Institute DC will be speaking on the topics of immigration and advocacy.

Jenny Yang

VP of Advocacy & Policy at World Relief

Jenny Yang provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions at World Relief. She has worked in the Resettlement section of World Relief as the Senior Case Manager and East Asia Program Officer, where she focused on advocacy for refugees in the East Asia region and managed the entire refugee caseload for World Relief. Prior to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political fundraising firms in Maryland managing fundraising and campaigning for local politicians. She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate, serves as Chair of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) Africa Work Group, and was named one of the “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today.

Matthew Soerens

US Director of Church Mobilization, @WorldRelief

Matthew Soerens serves as the US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief, which is the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals. In that role, he helps evangelical churches to understand the realities of refugees and immigration and to respond in ways guided by biblical values.

Nathan Bult

Director of Government Affairs for Bethany Christian Services

Nathan Bult is the Director of Government Affairs for Bethany Christian Services, an international child social services organization in 36 states and 15 countries that is dedicated to keeping families together and bringing families together. He began his career in the U.S. House of Representatives with Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-02) and more recently served as a senior communications adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services. Nathan brings over seven years of public-service experience to Bethany. He advised and developed legislation in a congressional office and helped lead communications efforts at the largest civilian cabinet-level
department of the U.S. federal government. Nathan represents Bethany before members of Congress and government officials while building relationships and partnerships.Nathan joined Bethany in January 2018 and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Laura.

Adam Estle

Director of Field and Constituencies for the National Immigration Forum

Adam Estle brings a wealth of national and local experience in the immigration world to his role as Director of Field and Constituencies for the National Immigration Forum. Adam coordinates the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network of faith, law enforcement, business leaders, veterans and others. He serves as the liaison between the Forum’s work around the country and its Washington, DC headquarters.

Before joining the Forum in 2015, Adam served in several non-profit roles in Phoenix, Arizona: as the executive director for Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding, director of a center providing housing and care for unaccompanied immigrant children at Neighborhood Ministries, and director of an immigration legal resource center at LifeBridge Community Alliance. In 2015, the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona honored him with their Hero Award for his local multifaith peacemaking efforts with his church and the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix.
Adam currently resides with his wife and four children in his hometown of Peoria, Arizona, where he is an elder at Orangewood Church of the Nazarene and enjoys coaching his kids in ice hockey. He has degrees from Olivet Nazarene University (BA) and Fuller Theological Seminary (MA in Global Leadership).

Jacinta S. Ma

Director of Policy and Advocacy

Jacinta S. Ma is the Director of Policy and Advocacy. Her role at the Forum is to lead the development of the Forum’s policy priorities and their work to have these policies implemented. She has more than 20 years of experience in law, policy, and civil rights. Most recently she was the Deputy Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Washington, DC where she oversaw a team of lawyers and other professionals working on civil rights issues that affected the Asian American community such as immigration and immigrant rights. She has a wide-range of experience as a civil rights attorney on issues as diverse as employment discrimination to transportation equity to litigating bias-motivated threats or intimidation cases. Jacinta received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.


8:00 AM
9:30 AM
General Session 1
11:30 AM
Boxed Lunch
12:00 PM
General Session 2
3:00 PM
Hill Training
5:00 PM
Dinner on Your Own
7:00 PM
An Evening of Arts & Justice featuring Amena Brown and other guest performances
9:00 AM
Breakfast Meeting
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Hill Meetings


Join us for a night celebrating the Arts and Justice including spoken word, music and special guest performances. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are $15.00. Student/ Faculty price is $8.50 (Please have your Student/Faculty ID with you when you check-in at registration). Want to attend for free? Register to attend The JUSTICE Institute in D.C.

Travel Information


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church – 301 A St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Time & Date:

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM EDT (doors open at 8:30 AM)
Thursday, Sep 13, 2018 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT (doors open at 8:30 AM)

Hotel & Travel:

Capitol Skyline Hotel – 10 I St SW Washington, DC 20024

Click Here for Room Block

Boutique hotel downtown with views of the Capitol dome. Capitol Skyline Hotel is located just 1 mile west of the Miracle Theater. To be included in the “Justice Institute Room Block” call and reference this name or click this link to book your room. Rooms are limited and are on a first come, first served basis for 9/11/18 – 9/15/18. Rooms must be booked prior to 7/27/18.

Other D.C. Hotel Options:
You may be able to book an individual reservation at a hotel that is closer or cheaper on your own. Utilize your favorite hotel search engine to find other hotel options close to the venue.