Since at least 1997, Gladys Muñoz and Fr. Wayne Dziekan of the Diocese of Gaylord have served migrant workers in northern Michigan. Gladys and Fr. Wayne also began to build community awareness of immigrant and migrant-worker issues in Michigan and at the US/Mexico border. With increased publicity and financial support from the community, JPAC was registered as a Michigan non-profit in 2006.
JPAC has organized trips to the US/Mexican Border, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Peru and within Michigan to immerse participants in migrant and immigrant issues.
JPAC is currently most active in providing emergency funds and community services to migrants, promoting Fair Trade products and organizations, providing interpretation and mental health and translation services, assisting to fill out forms, making phone calls, assisting to access public, community, and medical services, visiting jails, arranging transportation to medical appointments and providing transportation and advocacy for appointments to immigration offices and the Mexican Consulate in Detroit.
JPAC was accredited 501(c)(3) status in December, 2014 in order to broaden its outreach.