Got questions about your legal rights? The Vermont Commission on Women's handbook, The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont might provide answers. Chapters include: Adoption, Guardianship and Emancipated Minors; Consumer Protection and Fair Credit; Domestic Relations; Education; Employment Rights; Housing and Property Rights; Immigration; Insurance; Name Changes; Public Accommodations; Public Assistance and Government Benefits; Reproductive Rights; Violence Against Women and Children; and Wills, Probate Court, and Advanced Directives.
The AALV helps new Americans from all parts of the world gain independence in their new communities through a range of integration services. With support from their multicultural, multilingual staff, clients are able to smoothly transition to living and working in Vermont. Programs include: interpreter and translation services, legal services, workforce development, youth development, New Farms for New Americans program, health and behavior programs.
Refugee Health Program
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry St.
Burlington, VT 05402
802-863-7200 / 800-464-4343
The Refugee Health Program works to protect and promote the health of refugees from the time they arrive in Vermont through a community-based system of care. We collaborate with partners to make sure that refugees have the health screenings they need, and to help them integrate into the health care system so that their health and wellness needs are met. We provide translated information on important public health and safety topics and Health Department services in a number of languages spoken in Vermont. See translated information.
2 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, Vermont 05405
In response to the mental health needs of Vermont’s expanding community of refugees, Connecting Cultures was established in 2007 to serve refugees and survivors of torture. The Connecting Cultures clinical-science specialty service utilizes a multidisciplinary, evidence-based model of mental health intervention. Doctoral student interns in Clinical Psychology at the University of Vermont work within the Connecting Cultures service at the Vermont Psychological Services Leitenberg Center for Evidence-Based Practice and receive comprehensive training in the cultural competencies necessary to successfully work with refugees including at risk children, adults, families, and communities. New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma is a partnership of Connecting Cultures and Vermont Law School, linking psychological and legal services. Their overall goal is to provide survivors of torture with holistic, integrated, and effective services in a culturally relevant, client centered context.
New Americans can call CVOEO’s Financial Hotline to speak to someone in their primary language about financial questions related to Covid-19 and social distancing. They can also refer to resources in Vermont to assist with financial and credit management, food, housing, renters' rights, and finding a job. CVOEO’s Community Ambassadors can work with clients speaking Arabic, French, Karen/Burmese, MaayMaay, Nepali, Somali, and Swahili
The Huertas Project
Huertas is a community-based food security project that enables Latino/a migrant farmworkers and families living on Vermont’s dairies to access culturally familiar and local foods through cultivating kitchen gardens. Now in its sixth year, with an established network of farmworkers, growers, and volunteers, Huertas builds gardens and distributes seeds and plant starts to Latino/a migrant farmworkers living in rural Vermont.
Pine Island Community Farm
Pine Island Community Farm is located in Colchester and is a place where New Americans—people who originally came to Vermont as refugees—can produce food and enjoy the land. The farm is owned by the Vermont Land Trust and is home to farm businesses and community gardens. The businesses share land, buildings, and equipment. Many people who come here as refugees have farming roots. Pine Island Community Farm is a place where people can be on the land again and grow or buy food that is hard to get in Vermont.
Somali Bantu Community Association of Vermont
325 Main Street, Suite 8
Winooski, VT 05404
The Somali Bantu Community Association of Vermont, Inc. (SBCAVT) was first established in 2007 to facilitate the resettlement and integration of the refugee and immigrants communities in Chittenden county. The Association provides educational, cultural, and life-skills training programs in an effort to promote self-sufficiency within and among the individuals and families comprising all refugees, immigrants, and low-income families and individuals in need of service. The Association has focused on education as a means of “bridging the gap” for refugees and as such provides a full range of workshops and classes to meet their needs.
South Royalton Legal Clinic at the Vermont Law School
PO Box 117
South Royalton, VT 05068
The Clinic (SRLC) serves Vermont residents (*representation is statewide for immigration cases; other representation is limited to Orange, Windsor and, by court appointment only, Washington Counties) who are unable to afford counsel and who need assistance with issues such as bankruptcy, children’s rights, domestic violence, housing, family-based immigration, family law, landlord/tenant, social security disability, wills and veterans issues. Working under state and federal student practice rules, Vermont Law School student clinicians and work-study students help to represent clients in court and administrative hearings. The clinic has trained many of the leading legal service providers in Vermont.
The Vermont Human Rights Commission can help with discrimination in housing, stores, business, offices, schools, government, and state employment. Help is provided through answering questions about civil rights, making referrals, helping people reach agreements, investigating discrimination complaints, and bringing lawsuits. All services are free.
Vermont Legal Aid, Inc.
Vermont Legal Aid (VLA) is a non-profit law firm established in 1968 to provide free civil legal services to Vermonters who are low-income, elderly and those with disabilities. VLA serves the community by providing information, advice and representation.
VLA regional offices:
264 North Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT 05402
7 Court Street
Montpelier, VT 05601
57 North Main Street, Suite 2
Rutland, VT 05701
56 Main Street, Suite 301
Springfield, VT 05156
177 Western Ave.
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Vermont
462 Hegeman Ave
Colchester, VT 05446
Assists refugees and immigrants in becoming socially and economically self-sufficient by providing a wide variety of services including community connections, health care, obtaining food, clothing, and shelter, jobs, legal representation, education, and interpreting services.
Community Economic Development Office (CEDO)
Burlington City Hall
149 Church Street, Room 32
Burlington, VT 05401
CEDO’s vision is to make Burlington the most livable, just, and connected community in America by empowering individual voices in the life of our city, fostering healthy neighborhoods and housing choice, and advancing people-centered development. They offer support for New American owned businesses.
In cooperation with U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Vermont, CVRAN helps refugees adapt to life in Vermont. In addition CVRAN evaluates housing, employment, and educational opportunities in Central Vermont to assist refugees who might join our communities now and in years to come.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
75 Lower Welden St.
St Albans City, VT 05479
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security, is the federal agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.
179 S Winooski Ave #202
Burlington, VT 05401
Their mission is to build the voice, capacity, and power of the farmworker community and engage community partners to organize for economic justice and human rights. They gather the farmworker community to discuss and analyze shared problems and to envision collective solutions. Through this ongoing investment in leadership development, members deepen skills in community education and organizing for long-term systemic change.Members have have prioritized building a movement to secure: 1) dignified work and quality housing; 2) freedom of movement and access to transportation; 3) freedom from discrimination; and 4) access to health care.