Racial & Ethnic Minority Issues

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.


AALV, Inc.

20 Allen Street, 3rd Floor
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 985-3106

The AALV helps new Americans from all parts of the world gain independence in their new communities through a range of integration services, including bridging case management, workforce development, behavioral health awareness, and interpreter services programming. With support from their multicultural, multilingual staff, their clients are able to smoothly transition to living and working in Vermont.  Programs include: Referral case management, Integration education, Neighborhood Women’s Groups, Workforce Development, Leadership Development and Advocacy, Interpreter Services, Cross-cultural trainings, and Cultural preservation and recreation activities.

Abenaki Self-Help Association, Inc. (ASHAI)

100 Grand Avenue
Swanton, VT 05488
(802) 868-6255 / (802) 868-2559

The Abenaki Self-help Association (ASHAI)  helps Vermonters obtain basic needs by directing them to resources such as available housing and food shelters, with a particular emphasis on employment resources for Abenaki people living in Vermont.  ASHAI offers a program with the Department of Labor to provide job skill trainings and other employment services.

Black Lives Matter Vermont


Black Lives Matter Vermont is a growing network of individuals, families and businesses invested in the liberation of Black Vermonters, and the deactivation of systemic racism endured by all people of color in our state. Black Lives Matter Vermont is an official non-profit organization recognized by the state of Vermont, is in close communication with the national Black Lives Matter organization, and is in the processing of becoming an official national chapter. BLM VT shares the same vision with the national movement and has a local vision as well. We identify as a peaceful, non-violent movement. The premise behind our existence is to stop the violence against Black people.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Champlain Area NAACP
P.O. Box 3282
Burlington, VT 05408

(802) 489-7755

Rutland Area NAACP

Windham Area NAACP

Founded in 1909 and instrumental in the civil rights movement, NAACP's mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
Principal objectives of the Association:
To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP's Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.


The Governor's Workforce Equity & Diversity Council (GWEDC)

(802) 522-6635

The Council leads Vermont state government's efforts in the areas of Equal Employment and Diversity by acting as a consultant and advisor to the Commissioner of Human Resources and the Secretary of Administration. The mission of the GWEDC calls for a greater focus on supporting a workplace culture that promotes equitable treatment for all, and one that embraces the true value workplace diversity offers.

Mosaic Center for Students of Color (MCSC) at UVM


The Mosaic Center for Students of Color (MCSC) fully supports the holistic development of African, Latino(a), Asian, Native American, Multiracial and New American students so that as confident students of color they attain their goals for academic achievement, personal growth, identity formation, and cultural development. You will find information on our many programs and activities.

Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities of the Vermont Department of Health

108 Cherry St., PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
(802) 863-7344

The Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities' vision is to reduce and eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities through partnership, education, and advocacy.

Racial Justice and Equity Project at the Peace and Justice Center

60 Lake Street, 1C
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 863-2345

The Racial Justice and Equity Project works against individual and institutional racism by prompting equity and justice through services for people of color and projects that support institutional and organizational change. The Project also conducts research and educates against racism.

Somali Bantu Community Association of Vermont

325 Main Street, Suite 8
Winooski, VT 05404
(802) 658-2683

Provides education and life-skills programs, interpreters, and English tutoring programs.

South Royalton Legal Clinic at the Vermont Law School

PO Box 117
South Royalton, VT 05068
(802) 831-1500

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.

Vermont Agency of Education

219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 479-1030

The Vermont Agency of Education is a statewide resource regarding all aspects of education including home schooling, safe schools, special education, English as a second language and many other important education-related topics.

Laws and Regulations
Vermont Agency of Education's webpage featuring updated state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to education in Vermont schools.

Data and Reports
Vermont Agency of Education's webpage featuring statistics and reports

Model Policies
Vermont Agency of Education's webpage featuring model policies, including unlawful harassment

Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs

(802) 828-3540

The Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs is charged by law to recognize the historic and cultural contributions of Native Americans in Vermont, to protect and strengthen Native American heritage, and to address needs in state policy, programs, and actions. The Commission provides technical assistance on the application process for state recognition of Native American Indian tribes and reviews the documentation of applicants. The Commission develops policies and programs to benefit Vermont's Native American Indian population.

Vermont Human Rights Commission

14-16 Baldwin Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-6301
(802) 828-1625 / 800-416-2010

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.

(800) 889-2047

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.

Poverty Law Project represents low-income Vermonters with civil legal problems in the areas of housing, consumer law, employment, taxes, and problems with government benefits programs.

Disability Law Project represents Vermonters with physical and developmental disabilities where their legal problem arises from their disability. Cases include guardianship, special education, discrimination in employment and housing, access to health care, and Social Security Disability-related benefits problems.

Elder Law Project has two sections, the Senior Citizens Law Project which represents people over 60 years of age in general civil legal matters including housing, Medicare and guardianship; and The Medicare Advocacy Project that represents clients in Medicare appeals. MAP cases are handled pursuant to a contract with the State of Vermont; no direct client intake is available for MAP.

Health Care Advocate Project operates a hotline providing advocacy on problems involving health care and health insurance. Case types include access to health care, billing, eligibility and insurance plan coverage issues.

Long Term Care Ombudsman Project represents individuals who receive long term care services in nursing homes, residential care homes, assisted living residences, or in their own homes through the Choices for Care Program. Issues addressed include quality of care, quality of life, and residents' rights.

Mental Health Law Project represents clients facing involuntary commitment and or involuntary medication proceedings.

VLA regional offices:

264 North Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT 05402
(802) 863-5620

7 Court Street
Montpelier, VT 05601
(802) 223-6377

57 North Main Street, Suite 2
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-0021

56 Main Street, Suite 301
Springfield, VT 05156
(802) 885-5181

St. Johnsbury
177 Western Ave.
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-8721

Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity

18 Town Crier Drive
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-2972

A division of ALANA Community Organization, the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity provides assistance, support, and advocacy related to inclusion, diversity, and equity in the public sphere.  They work to strengthen inclusive and equitable practices to eliminate prejudice and discrimination of all kinds.Programs and services include:

Cultural Enrichment Programs:

  • Engaging students with cultural enrichment programs that helps them understand and practice inclusive and equitable behaviors 
  • Increasing educator awareness to and skills for teaching more culturally diverse classroom


  • Providing individuals considering relocation to Vermont with testimonials of Vermonters of color
  • Enhancing human resource department capacity to recruit a more diverse workforce
  • Promoting civic engagement by Vermonters of color (Resolve to get involved!)

Vermont African American Heritage Trail

  • Promoting cultural tourism
  • Establishing Vermont as a desirable destination for  tourists, convention  goers, college students, entrepreneurs, and  recreationalists of color 
  • Teaching Vermont students and families about Vermont’s African American history

Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future

  • Increasing the number of organizations or agencies that employ inclusive and equitable business practices
  • Strengthening inclusive and equitable business practices across multiple sectors (law enforcement, media, municipal government, state government,  tourism , education, ...) 


Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program (VRRP)

462 Hegeman Avenue, Suite 101
Colchester, VT 05446
(802) 655-1963

The VRRP assists refugees in becoming socially and economically self-sufficient by providing a wide variety of services including communtiy connections, health care, obtaining food, clothing, and shelter, jobs, legal representation, education, and interpreting services.

Vermont State Police

Handles hate crimes and other criminal violations of the law.

State Police Headquarters (Waterbury): (802) 244-8781

Bradford: (802) 222-4680

Brattleboro: (802) 257-7950

Derby: (802) 334-8881

St. Albans: (802) 524-5993

Middlebury: (802) 388-4363

Middlesex: (802) 229-9191

New Haven: (802) 388-4919

Royalton: (802) 234-9933

Rutland: (802) 773-9101

Shaftsbury: (802) 442-5421

St. Johnsbury: (802) 748-3111

Westminster: (802) 722-4600

Williston: (802) 878-7111