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Asylum seekers in the U.S. are: Displaced people fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries Requesting sanctuary individually, unlike refugees who are invited and resettled by the U.S. State Department From many different countries, but the families CASP offers support to at the moment are from Central America, the Caribbean, as well as East and West Africa. What happens (in general) to asylum seekers after they arrive in the U.S.? They are detained in locked facilities for an uncertain period. They must pass a “credible fear interview” to determine if they have a reasonable claim to asylum. They may be released if they have relatives or friends (somewhere in the U.S. to support them or an organization such as CASP). On release, they are scheduled for asylum hearings in immigration court. The process usually takes a few years, resulting in either asylum or denial. If asylum is denied, the asylum-seeker gets two appeals before deportation. How does CASP help asylum seekers in this process? Generally, CASP finds host homes for asylum-seeking individuals and families who have no one else to take them in. During COVID-19, we have been renting apartments for those for whom we cannot find housing. CASP offersu0026hellip;
CASP’s mission is to cultivate a supportive community for those seeking asylum in the U.S., while offering basic needs and accompanying them on their journey towards building a life in this country. Volunteers are the core of that supportive community and a welcoming, healthy, and successful experience for our guests. Please take a moment to page through our volunteer resource guide. If you’re looking to volunteer or be in the mailing list for the refugee resettlement network visit our refugee resettlement page. Getting started … If you’re considering becoming a volunteer, we invite you to take a look at our sign-up form and see if there are activities that interest you. If you find some (or if you’d like to propose “Others”), fill out the form, and click the “SUBMIT” button at the bottom of the page. You will then be guided through the rest of the sign-up process. Note: to be covered by CASP’s insurance policy for volunteers, you need to complete all the steps in this process. If you’ve already submitted the sign-up form but still need to complete the remaining steps: Read and sign off on the Volunteer Guide. Read about requirements for working in person withu0026hellip;
Grounding Our Work: Central America (March 24th, 2022) The Experience of Afghan Resettlement in the U.S. (October 24th, 2021) A Trauma-Informed and Anti-Racist Approach to Mental Health Support (March 29th, 2021) ICE and Policing in Windham County (November 19th, 2020) Trauma and Secondary Trauma (May 17th, 2020)
Welcome to our Volunteer Resource Guide! Our goal is to create a central place for volunteers to look when they need quick information about resources for asylum support – and also to curate a living document of helpful resources and readings about asylum policy and the lived experience of the process asylum seekers are going through. If you have any feedback or additions to the document, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Forever in solidarity, CASP
The mission of the Community Asylum Seekers Project is to cultivate a supportive community for those seeking asylum in the U.S., while offering basic needs and accompanying them on their journey towards building a life in this country. To read more about CASP check out a brief history of CASP, our annual reports, and our volunteer resource guide. Current Openings ___________________________________________________ Executive Director – read the full description The Executive Director will help to define CASP’s strategic direction and ensure that resources are in place to accomplish mission goals. They will take a leadership role in supporting the ~20 asylum seekers currently living in Brattleboro while working toward building a welcoming community for future arrivals; recruiting, supervising, and retaining staff; leading, inspiring, and utilizing the talents and experience of volunteers; and building an organizational culture that supports CASP’s mission. Please submit a letter of interest and resume via email as promptly as possible to email@example.com Please include “Executive Director Search” in the subject line of the email.
Legal Assistance (VAAP)
About Us Our Work Get Involved Get Support VAAP will serve as a resource center to recruit, train, mentor, and support pro bono attorneys to provide free immigration services to asylum-seekers in Vermont. Make a difference by helping us to provide asylum support and promote the rights of Vermont’s immigrant communities. Please join us by making a donation, providing pro bono legal services, or becoming a pro bono partner. About Us VAAP is a collaborative project between the State’s asylum support nonprofits, Vermont Law School’s Immigrant Assistance Clinic, and local attorneys. It aims to address the shortage of pro bono asylum support and promote the rights of immigrant communities in Vermont. Our Work Mission VAAP seeks to provide access to justice for asylum-seekers in Vermont by offering free legal services and promoting the rights of the State’s immigrant communities. Background The number of people seeking asylum in the U.S. has nearly quintupled in the last decade. Without access to legal counsel, asylum seekers are three to five times more likely to be denied and deported, often into life-threatening situations. In Vermont, the number of asylum seekers has grown significantly in the last few years, but the state’s legal capacityu0026hellip;
No Más Polimigra (MJ)
[sp_easyaccordion id=u00223992u0022] Windham County No Más Polimigra Campaign Read our latest press release Justicia Migrante (Migrant Justice)’s No Más Polimigra campaign advocates the closure of five devastating loopholes in Vermont’s model Fair and Impartial Policing Policy (FIPP). The state policy has been adopted by local departments across the state. The campaign’s improvements have been adopted by the police departments of Brattleboro, Burlington, Winooski, South Burlington, Hartford, Norwich, Richmond, and by the Addison County Sheriff’s Office. Every reformed policy was approved by the VT Attorney General’s Office. The Windham wing of the campaign got together in 2020, and began public events and outreach. The Brattleboro Police Department adopted the approvements as soon as they were presented – calling them “a no-brainer” – and quickly got the reformed policy approved by the Attorney General. The campaign began meeting with Windham County Sheriff Anderson in early 2021. Residents of towns that contract with the Sheriff have been increasing their voices. Three towns have gotten articles on their town meeting ballots. Sign the online petition to Sheriff Anderson: https://forms.gle/3boquErFhCdQRr8R8 Contact the campaign for information, holding an event, brainstorming, and support. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2022 Town Meeting Day The campaign is celebrating the landslide victories ofu0026hellip;
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