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For press inquiries contact Abel Luna (802-373-6376, abelmigrantjustice@gmail.com) or Brendan O'Neill (802-825-1609, brendan@migrantjustice.net) or at the office 802-658-6770.

Farmworkers and Supporters Declare Civil Rights=Immigrant Rights at VT DMV Getting Brand New VT Driver's Licenses And Commemorating Legacy of MLK

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***For Immediate Release*** Farmworkers and Supporters Declare Civil Rights=Immigrant Rights at VT DMV Getting Brand New VT Driver's Licenses And Commemorating Legacy of MLK Farmworkers step out of VT milking parlors onto the road Burlington and Montpelier VT-January 17, 8am-- On Friday January 17th, dozens of Vermont farmworkers and supporters stood in front of the DMV offices of Montpelier and Burlington VT, singing civil rights era songs to mark MLK weekend by celebrating a new VT law allowing access to driver's licenses regardless of immigration status.

Vermonters Take "Not One More Danilo"to ICE Head Quarters: New England Wide Week of Immigrant Rights Groups Unite for "Not One More" Deportation Actions

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*******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*********

Vermont Migrant Justice Contacts: Natalia Fajardo (802-497-7027) and Brendan O'Neill (802-825-1609), Migrant Justice, info@migrantjustice.net, www.migrantjustice.net
Boston Contacts: Lily Huang, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, 617-599-6785. Conrado Santos, Student Immigrant Movement, 617-767-6935

Vermonters Take "Not One More Danilo"to ICE Head Quarters

New England Wide Week of Immigrant Rights Groups Unite for "Not One More" Deportation Actions

As Senate Debates Reform, Immigrant Rights Groups Across New England Descend on ICE Regional Head Quarters in Mass for "Not One More Deportation" Action

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Vermont Migrant Justice Contacts: Natalia Fajardo (802-497-7027) and Brendan O'Neill (802-825-1609), Migrant Justice, info@migrantjustice.net, www.migrantjustice.net

Boston Contacts: Lily Huang, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, 617-599-6785. Conrado Santos, Student Immigrant Movement, 617-767-6935

As Senate Debates Reform, Immigrant Rights Groups Across New England Descend on ICE Regional Head Quarters in Mass for "Not One More Deportation" Action

VT Farmworkers, Cows and Friends Take "Not One More Danilo" Action to Mass

Leahy, Sanders and Welch Join Vermonters to Stop VT Farmworker's Deportation: Lopez Submits Case for Prosecutorial Discretion with Strong Support

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*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***

Contact: Natalia Fajardo (802-497-7027), Brendan O’Neill (802-825-1609), www.migrantjustice.net, info@migrantjustice.net

Senators Leahy, Sanders and Congressman Welch Join Vermonters to Stop VT Farmworker's Deportation

Lopez Submits Case for Prosecutorial Discretion with Strong Support

BURLINGTON, VT, 6/19/13-- Migrant Justice delayed plans to submit official documentation on Monday that calls upon ICE to utilize prosecutorial discretion to stop the deportation of migrant farmworker leader "Danilo" Lopez. Instead they worked to move Senator Leahy's office to join Senator Sanders and Representative Welch in writing a letter of support for Danilo Lopez's case. It was worth the wait.

Today, Senator Leahy's staff sent the letter of support to Migrant Justice. The letter reads, "Legislation pending before the Senate could potentially resolve Mr. Lopez's current immigration case...This legislation is currently being debated in the Senate, and is not expected to be enacted before Mr. Lopez's ordered date of departure, July 5th...I urge you to use prosecutorial discretion." In his letter Congressman Welch says of Danilo, “his strong ties to Vermont …his commitment to improving opportunities for farmworkers…is why I am joining many Vermonters in weighing on his behalf."

Lopez's full prosecutorial discretion case is available here:
http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/Request-for-PD-Daniel-Alej...
Support materials including the full letters from Senators Leahy, Sanders, and Welch are available here:
http://migrantjustice.net/sites/default/files/Daniel-Lopez-Santiago-supp...

The national campaign kicked off with an on-line petition just last week and has quickly gathered nearly 2000 signatures (check out NEW campaign video below).

Legal Testimony Indicates No Laws Prohibit VT From Extending Access to Licenes/ID to Undcoumented VT Residents

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For Immediate Release
October 3, 2012

Brendan O'Neill, 802-825-1609; 802-658-6770 brendan@migrantjustice.net

Natalia Fajardo, 802-497-7027; 802-658-6770
natalia@migrantjustice.net
Migrant Justice, www.migrantjustice.net; 802-658-6770

Legal Testimony Indicates No Laws Prohibit Vermont From Extending Access to Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Wednesday, October 3rd, VT State House, Room 10
11:15am-12:30pm- Testimony from National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and ACLU-VT

VT Poised to Create New Program For Residents to Access ID and Drivers Licences Regardless of Immigration Status

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Vermont Poised to Create Program for Residents to Access ID and Drivers Licenses Regardless of Immigration Status

VT Senate Votes for Freedom of Movement for ALL Creating Committee to Introduce ID and Drivers License Legislation

Farmers and Farmworkers join to say: Make VT State IDs and Drivers Licenses Available to all people Living and Working in VT”

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For Immediate Release Natalia Fajardo, Migrant Justice
February 29, 2012 natalia@migrantjustice.net; (802) 497-7027
www.migrantjustice.net

Vermont Farmers and Farmworkers join to say:

“Make VT State IDs and Drivers Licenses Available to
all people Living and Working in VT”

VT Farm Workers and Farmers Stand United for Immigrant Workers' Rights

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****For Immediate Release****
February 22, 2012
Contact: Brendan O'Neill, 802-825-1609, brendan@migrantjustice.net
www.migrantjustice.net

VT Farm Workers and Farmers Stand United for Immigrant Workers' Rights

Farm workers, dairy farmers, and VT Farm Bureau Testify for Equal Treatment for all those Living and Working in VT, Regardless of Immigration Status

Vermont Farm Worker Danilo Lopez Receives Human Rights Hero Award at Human Rights Conference drawing hundreds of Vermonters

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Saturday, December 10- Burlington, VT-- After being arrested and detained just 3 months ago Danilo Lopez was recognized for his work standing up for the human rights of Vermont's migrant workers at a big Human Rights Conference on Saturday. Upon receiving the award Lopez told the packed house of at least 300 Vermonters, who gave him a rowdy standing ovation, "Thanks to all the support and solidarity we are creating important human rights changes for all.

VT Migrant Farm Worker Solidarity Project Praises Peter Welch for Joining Congressman Serrano from New York to Call Upon Obama Administration to End Obama's Secure Communities Immigration Enforcement Program

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11/17/2011-Burlington, VT. The VT Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project (VTMFSP) received a call just before a 5pm deadline on Thursday evening from Peter Welch's Washington desk confirming that Congressman Welch had just signed on to Congressman Serrano's letter to end the now widely discredited immigration program called "Secure Communities".

The VTMFSP has been calling upon Congressman Welch to do so for over a month rallying members and allies to place phone calls and send emails and ask Peter Welch to:

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