Redemption Through an Unlikely Friendship

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Former NY JFON client Mo Lin with his wife, Huo Li. Mr. Lin was featured in Sam Dolnick’s New York Times article, “He Had a Dark Secret. It Changed His Best Friend’s Life.”


What happens when a chance encounter allows you the opportunity to make amends for past wrongs? Is helping one person enough to make up for hurting countless others? These are the questions posed in a recently published New York Times article about the friendship between Mo Lin and Tin Chin.

When Mo and Tin met at a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, Tin appointed himself Mo’s personal tour guide of the city. Soon, the two men became inseparable companions. However, Tin was harboring a dark secret from his past. Following a tragic event, Tin sees an opportunity to help Mo, and achieve personal redemption. The only thing Tin has to do is make sure he doesn’t expose his past in the process. The full article can be read here.

     With Tin’s help, Mo was referred to NY JFON for immigration legal assistance. NY JFON Managing Attorney TJ Mills and Clinic Volunteer Rebecca Cooney were witnesses to the beautiful friendship between Mo and Tin. We feel honored to have played a small part in their stunning and beautiful story.

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