Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates (VIAA), formerly Vermont Refugee Assistance (VRA), was founded in 1987 to support refugees fleeing civil wars in Central America.  Since then, this grassroots volunteer nonprofit organization has helped thousands of refugees from all over the world.  VIAA assists those seeking asylum, who are often detained in Vermont jails, and helps immigrants with legal and other assistance.  VIAA also seeks to educate U.S. citizens and to increase their participation in regional, national, and international refugee and immigration issues.

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We are a 501(c)(3) corporation and all contributions are tax-deductible.

VIAA assists those seeking asylum, who are often detained in Vermont jails, and helps immigrants with legal and other assistance. Read our Programs page or our Newsletters to learn more about our history and activities.

For more information on seeking asylum, click the appropriate link below:

VIAA also seeks to educate U.S. citizens and increase their participation in regional, national and international refugee and immigration issues. To join our mailing list, please send an us an email with you name, mailing address and email address.

Building NESTT: Working with Survivors of Torture Training: For information about our September 23, 24, and 25 training on working with survivors of torture, please contact us by email , or call our main office number and we can send you registration materials or answer any questions you have.

Know Your Rights: To find out what to do if questioned by police, FBI, Customs Agents or Immigration, visit the National Lawyer’s Guild website.

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