Immigration in Vermont

The following two events are in the community forum series on immigration, sponsored by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the United Church of Underhill, and the Mount Mansfield UU Fellowship. Good Shepherd is responsible for bringing these groups, with support from a Thrivent Action Team grant. Contact: Jan Steinbauer.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2:00-4:00 PM

WHERE: Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho.

Come to hear Erin Jacobsen of Southern VT Law School and the lead staff attorney at VT Immigration and Asylum Advocates in Burlington, for an update on what is happening with immigration in Vermont. Professor Jacobsen will discuss:

  • The current situation of immigration in VT.
  • The laws and regulations governing the immigration system.
  • The differences between legal statuses of migrant, immigrant, refugee, asylum seeker and undocumented worker.
  • How their legal status affects their rights.
  • How concerned individuals can be of assistance for those who may be facing deportation or are afraid to leave their homes.

Her talk is one in a series of community forums sponsored by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the United Church of Underhill, and the Mount Mansfield UU Fellowship. Professor Jacobsen is a dynamic speaker. This should prove to be an interesting and enlightening experience.


SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2:00-4:00 PM

WHERE: Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho.

Migrant Justice: Milk With Dignity

Join farmworkers from the Vermont-based human rights organization Migrant Justice for a stop on its “Dignity Tour.” Since Ben & Jerry’s became the first company to sign onto the Milk with Dignity Program in 2017, farmworkers have seen groundbreaking improvements in human rights issues on dairy farms across the state. This program also supports farmers by securing a milk premium from big dairy-buying companies that goes directly to farmers and farmworkers. Now farmworkers are engaged in plans to expand the program to another regional dairy-buyer, the Hannaford supermarket! Come to learn more about Milk with Dignity, exciting updates about the Hannaford Campaign, and how to get involved in this and other Migrant Justice endeavors!  Refreshments and time to talk with farmworkers will follow the presentation.


SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2:00-4:00 PM

WHERE: Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho.

What is happening in Vermont with refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers?

Guest speakers: Michele Jenness and Laurie Stavrand.

There is much concern about immigration in our country, and the ever-changing context impacts those hoping to come or who are already here in Vermont. Michele Jenness, legal counsel at AALV in Burlington, and Laurie Stavrand, volunteer coordinator at USCIS in Colchester (formerly known as VT Refugee Resettlement Program), will give updates and share stories of migrants, immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees served by these organizations. Learn practical ways to do something to help make a difference in the lives of these new neighbors.


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