New Mayor Allaire takes reins in Rutland

“We’re going to move forward. We’re going to do it together,” said the new mayor, who has some appointments to make for key city roles. He wouldn’t say whom he has chosen.

Several Vermont localities vote to pursue ‘sanctuary’ status

Nearly a dozen approved a variety of town meeting resolutions in reaction to President Donald Trump’s push to further restrict immigration.

New Trump order fuels confusion about Vermont resettlement

The Vermont refugee program director had more questions than answers, and Rutland Mayor Chris Louras said Monday’s revised order doesn’t raise his hopes of welcoming more Syrians.

Champlain College Filmmaker Mira Niagolova to Share Stories of Refugees Coming to Vermont

News Release — Champlain College March 1, 2017 Contact: Stephen Mease, Director of Public Information and News, Champlain College, 802-865-6432, [email protected] March 6th Screening and Discussion Focuses on Resettled Identity Issues in Vermont BURLINGTON, VT (03/01/2017) The Core Division of Champlain College will host a screening and discussion of the documentary film “Welcome to Vermont: […]

Marlboro College partners with refugee centers

Master’s degree students will teach English at any of six refugee resettlement centers scattered across the country.

Leahy Introduces Senate Resolution Affirming That U.S. Does Not Have Religious Or Other Discriminatory Litmus Tests For Refugees

News Release — Sen. Patrick Leahy Feb 8, 2017 Contact: [email protected] WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, February 8, 2017) – Following multiple federal court decisions ruling that President Trump’s Muslim ban likely violated the constitution, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a Senate resolution this week reaffirming that the United States “should remain a global leader in welcoming and […]

Vermont backs two challenges to Trump immigration order

Attorney General TJ Donovan said he is “proud” to sign on to a brief supporting Washington state and Minnesota in challenging “this unconstitutional order.”

Central Vermont Refugee Action Network: Standing against Trump’s immigration orders

CVRAN will stand strong in the face of this unconscionable narrowing of support for those in need of safety from war and who desperately need new beginnings in Vermont.

Trump ready to close door on refugees bound for Rutland

Mayor Chris Louras said that “from a human perspective, history will prove this to be a monumental mistake for both the country and for our community.”

Veterans for Peace Chapter Supports Rutland’s Refugee Resettlement

News Release — Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans for Peace Jan. 4, 2017 Contact: Bud Haas 802-439-5397 The Will Miller Green Mountain Veterans for Peace, Chapter 57 of Veterans For Peace (VFP), at its last monthly meeting voted to support the City of Rutland’s invitation to host one hundred middle eastern war refugees. The national […]

Refugee resettlement office set to open in Rutland

It will be fully staffed with three full-time workers later this month, say officials, who expect the first refugee families to arrive in January.

Year in Review: Top Rutland County stories of 2016

The issue of refugee resettlement divided the small city. Meanwhile, the Rutland Herald ran into financial difficulty, and a judge weighed the constitutionality of the death penalty.

First Rutland refugees could arrive within a month

Organizations are focusing on helping the new residents gain work and schooling. At a meeting last week, one provider had questions about whether funding is available for early education services.

Burlington council affirms Queen City’s support for immigrants

The panel adopted two resolutions: one welcoming Syrian refugees and the other moving the community toward formal policies often associated with so-called sanctuary cities.