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January 12th, 2016, "Episode 24: On ICE," WNPR New England News Collaborative

December 22nd, 2016, "Federal authorities are still arresting immigrants who aren't top priorities for deportation," WBUR Morning Edition

December 20th, 2016, "A path forward for Migrant Justice," VT Digger

December 20th, 2016, "A path forward for Migrant Justice following the elections," WDEV Equal Time Radio

December 18th, 2016, "Vermont cities wrestle with sanctuary state rules," Burlington Free Press

December 14th, 2016, "Sanctuary Cities in Vermont," VPR Vermont Edition

December 10th, 2016, "Vermont migrants watch nervously," Barre-Montpelier Times Argus

November 11th, 2016, “Migrant Justice: Our Entire Community Feels Fear”, ABC/Fox My Champlain Valley

November 10th, 2016, “Migrant Justice says community is nervous after Trump’s win”, NBC Channel 5 WPTZ

November 10th, 2016, “Migrant Workers: On the Heels of the Election, Increased Anxiety”, Seven Days VT

November 9th, 2016, “Vermont’s left considers its future under President Trump”, VT Digger

October 9th, 2016, "Emails show DMV fraud-fighting spilled over into immigration enforcement," VT Digger

September 22nd, 2016, Immigration activists protest arrest of dairy worker who allegedly overstayed visa. NBC Channel 5 WPTZ

September 22nd, 2016, Migrant Justice to ICE, Release our friend Miguel, ABC/Fox My Champlain Valley

September 22nd, 2016, Vermont dairy farm worker detained by federal agents, CBS Channel 3 WCAX

July 18th, 2016, Sanctuary cities are some of the few safe havens for undocumented immigrants, The Nation

July 11, 2016: Migrant Justice’s Milk With Dignity Program Fights for Fair Labor in Vermont Food Tank

June 27, 2016: Victor Diaz is still fighting for justice SocialistWorker.org

June 19, 2016, “New bias-free policy for VT police”,  Burlington Free Press

June 17, 2016, “New Policy Helps Clarify Police Role in Immigration Enforcement”, VPR

June 16, 2016, “Migrant Justice: Human Rights and Food Justice”, Vermont Conversations

June 15, 2016, “Fair and impartial policing policy: Mandatory on July 1”, Times Argus

June 15, 2016, “New standards on bias-free policing hailed as positive step”, Vermont Digger

June 15, 2016, “Grand Isle County Sheriff's Department settles discrimination case”, WCAX

June 14, 2016, “Vermont Sheriff Department Pays to Settle Instance of Discrimination”, VPR

June 13, 2016, “County sheriff's office settles discrimination case for $30,000”, Vermont Digger

May 4, 2016 “Migrant worker living in Vt. expected to be released from jail" WCAX

May 4, 2016, “Migrant Justice, bail granted for activist facing deportation” Vermont Digger

May 4, 2016 “Vermont Migrant activist freed by judge,” Burlington Free Press

May 4, 2016 “Detained Farmworker Activist Victor Diaz to be released on Bond,” 7Days

May 1, 2016 “Rallies continue against deporting Victor Diaz” My Champlain Valley

April 28, 2016 “Human Rights Leader arrested in Stowe" Stowe Reporter

April 27, 2016 Farmworkers are taking on poor pay and conditions and winning" Huffington Post

April 25, 2016 "Activists demand release of nationally recognized migrant worker" WCAX

April 22, 2016  “Leahy to intervene in detention of migrant worker,”  Burlington Free Press

April 22, 2016  “Advocacy group calls for release of detained migrant activist,” VPR

April 22, 2016, “Migrant rights group fights to keep member from being deported” My Champlain Valley

March 28th, 2016, "Brick thrown through window of activist building with 'Black Lives Matter' Sign", Democracy Now!

March 25th, 2016, “Activists Say Their Office Was Target Of Racially Motivated Attack”, VT Digger

March 24th, 2016, “Police Investigate Possible Racial Bias Incident”, WCAX

March 24th, 2016, “Police: Brick Thrown Through Window At VT Worker's Center”, My Champlain Valley

March 15th, 2016, “Burlington Police Face Pushback On Homeland Security Partnership”, Seven Days

March 15th, 2016, “Advocates Question Letting Burlington Police Act As Federal Agents”, VT Digger

March 14th, 2016, “Possible Partnership between Burlington Police and Homeland Security”, My Champlain Valley

December 18th, 2015, “Discrimination Case Highlights Police Bias Toward Immigrants, Advocates Say”, VT Digger

August 26th, 2015, “Farmworkers Reach Agreement with Ben & Jerry’s”, Christian Science Monitor

August 24th, 2015, “Milk With Dignity: Farmworkers Reach Important Agreement with Ben & Jerry’s”, Food Tank

July 17th, 2015, "Dairy Workers Challenge Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream", NPR

July 6th, 2015, “New York Times hails efforts by Vermont dairy workers”, Coalition of Immokalee Workers

July 6th 2015, “How Migrant Farmworkers are Cross-Pollinating Strategies and Winning”, Labor Notes

July 5th 2015, “Protests Target Ben & Jerry’s”, Dallas Morning News

July 3rd, 2015, “Farm Labor Groups Make Progress on Wages and Working Conditions”, The New York Times

June 21st, 2015, “Ben & Jerry’s Agrees to ‘Milk with Dignity’ Agreement”, VT Digger

June 19th, 2015, “Migrant Farmworkers Ask Ben and Jerry’s to Provide ‘Milk With Dignity’”, Truth Out

May 27, 2015 “This Will Make You Think Twice About Downing That Pint of Ben & Jerry’s in One Sitting”, The Nation

May 12, 2015, “Farmworkers Target Ben & Jerry’s”, VT Public Radio

May 11, 2015, “Will Ben and Jerry’s Help Improve Conditions for Dairy Workers”, Civil Eats

January 12th, 2015, “Massachusetts Migrant Advocacy Group Says Vermont DMV Personnel May Be Tipping Off Immigration Service”, VT Digger

December 8th, 2014, “Vermont Activists Join National Call to Cut US Funding to Mexico Following Students’ Disappearance”, Toward Freedom

December 3rd, 2014, “Vermonters Urge Leahy: Enforce the Leahy Law”, VT Digger

November 20th, 2014, “Advocacy Group Reacts to Obama’s Immigration Plan”, VT Public Radio

October 23rd, 2014, “Farm to Plate Tackles Food Equity Issues”, VT Digger

June 3rd, 2014, “Dairy Work Has Sourced Vermont’s Migrant Workers”, In These Times

May 19th, 2014, “Advocates for Migrant Dairy Workers Focus on Housing”, VT Digger

May 19th, 2014, “Migrant Workers Demand Better Working Conditions At Vermont Dairy Farm”, Fox News Latino

May 19th, 2014, “Vermont Migrant Farm Workers to Focus on Housing”, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus

May 19th, 2014, “Vermont Migrant Farm Workers to Focus on Housing”, The Brattleboro Reformer

May 17th, 2014, “Defienden a Jornaleros en Vermont”, Terra

May 5th, 2014, “Bias-free Policing is a Small Price to Pay to Protect Rights”, Addison County Independent

May 1st, 2014, “Lawmakers Share Personal Stories in Debate Over Bias-Free Policing”, VT Digger

May 2nd, 2014, “Vermont House OKs Collecting Profile Data”, Rutland Herald

April 17th, 2014, “19 Immigrant-Rights Activists Arrested at Suffolk Jail”, Boston Globe

March 14th, 2014, “Advocates Say State Needs Stronger Bias-Free Police Laws”, VT Digger

March 14th, 2014, “Panel Sees Little Data on Bias Free Policing”, Rutland Herald

March 14th, 2014, “Little Data on Police Anti-Bias Progress”, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus

March 13th, 2014, “Vt. Panel Sees Lack of Bias-Free Policing Data”, The Washington Times

March 13th, 2014, “Vt. Panel Sees Lack of Bias-Free Policing Data”, WCAX

January 2nd, 2014, “Migrant Workers Revving Up For Driver’s Licenses”, Burlington Free Press

July 3rd, 2013, “VT Migrant Worker Danilo Lopez May Avoid Deportation”, VT Digger

July 16th, 2013, “Immigrant Activist Danilo Lopez Gets to Stay”, Boston Globe

June 19th, 2013, “Immigrant Activist Gets Boost From VT Delegation”, Channel 5 News

June 11th, 2013, “Supporters Rally to Block Removal of Vt. Activist”, Boston Globe

June 11th, 2013, “Movement Launched to Halt Deportation of Vermont Migrant Worker Who Fought for Driver’s Privilege”, VT Digger

June 11th, 2013, “Supporters Rally to Block Vt. Activist’s Deportation”, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus

June 10th, 2013, “Supporters Rally to Block Removal of Vt. Activist”, Channel 5 News

June 6th, 2013, “Vermont Allows Migrants to Drive”, Valley News

June 6th, 2013, “New Law Offers Migrant Farm Workers in Vermont the Privilege to Drive”, Vermont Biz

June 5th, 2013, “Shumlin to Sign Immigrant Drivers Bill”, WCAX

June 5th, 2013, “Leader in Immigrant License Push Faces Deportation”, Channel 5 News

June 5th, 2013, “With Promise of Driver’s Licenses, Migrant Farmworkers Hope for the Best” Seven Days

April 8th, 2013, “Vermont Senate Advances Immigrant License Bill”, Channel 5 News

April 5th, 2013, “With 27-2 Vote, Senate Backs Bill Allowing Undocumented Mirgant Workers to Drive in Vermont”, VT Digger

April 5th, 2013, “Vt. Senate Greenlights Driving Privileges for Immigrant Farmworkers”, WCAX

April 5th, 2013, “VT State Considers Driver's Licenses for Migrant Workers”, North Country Public Radio

April 5th, 2013, “VT State Advances Immigrant License Bill”, VT Public Radio

March 29, 2013, “Senate Panel Advances Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Farm Workers”, Burlington Free Press

March 29th, 2013, “Vermont Could Become the Third State to Approve Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants”, Media Mobilizing Project

March 14th, 2013, “Senate Panel to OK Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Workers”, Channel 5 News

March 14th, 2013, “Vermont Cannot Wait- Migrant Justice Day of Action”, Migrant Justice on YouTube

February 13th, 2013, “Senate Hearing on Immigration Reform Touches on Human Cost of the Debate”, NBCLatino

February 11th, 2013, “Vermont UCC Reaches Out to Migrant Dairy Farm Workers”, United Church of Christ

January 18th, 2013, “Sunday Jobs: A Voice for Vermont’s Migrant Workers”, Burlington Free Press

January 18th, 2013, “Health Board Considers Cost of Care for Migrant Farm Workers”, VT Public Radio

January 15th, 2013, “Committee Supports Driver Licenses for Undocumented Workers”, WCAX

December 6th, 2012, “Migrant Justice Brings Home the Reality of Vermont’s Hidden Workers”, Basement Medicine

December 15th, 2012, “Vt. Legislative Panel Ponders Immigrant Licenses”, Rutland Herald

December 13th, 2012, “Migrant Worker Driver’s Licenses Recommended by Study Group”, VT Digger

December 13th, 2012, “Panel Says Immigrant Farmworkers Should Get Driver’s Licenses”, VT Public Radio

December 6th, 2012, “Innovations and Collaborations Grant Program At the Vermont Community Foundation Awards $222,000 to 13 Nonprofit Organizations This Fall”, VT Digger

November 1st, 2012, “Vermont’s Silent Voices”, Basement Medicine

October 22nd, 2012, “Vt. Faith Group Adds Voice to Immigrant Discussion”, WCAX

October 23rd, 2012, “Religious Coalition Backs Migrant Rights”, Vermont Today

October 4th, 2012, “Vt. Committee Considers Migrant Farmworker Licenses”, WCAX

October 4th, 2012, “Vt. Considers State ID’s for Undocumented Immigrants”, Channel 5 News

October 4th, 2012, “Few Obstacles Seen to Allowing Migrant Workers to Have Drivers Licenses”, VT Digger

October 3rd, 2012, “Migrant Farmworkers Make Pitch for Drivers’ Licenses”, VT Public Radio

October 2nd, 2012, “Bank Group Warns About ID Change”, Vermont Today

September 12th, 2012, “Research Sheds Light on Lack of Health Care for Migrant Workers”, University Communications

August 14th, 2012, “Committee Considers Alternative IDs for Migrant Workers”, Vermont Today

August 12th, 2012, “Vermont Not a Workers Paradise: Wage Slavery in Dairy Farms Leads to Protests”, Environmental and Food Justice

August 8th, 2012, “Should Undocumented Workers Get Vt. Driver’s Licenses?”, WCAX

May 30th, 2012, “Mexican Evolution”, Seven Days

May 24th, 2012, “State Says Secure Communities Won’t Change Bias Free Policy”, VT Public Radio

May 23rd, 2012, “Vermont Now Part of US Secure Communities Program”, Boston Globe

May 23rd, 2012, “Feds Say There is No Opting Out of Secure Communities Policing”, VT Digger

May 22nd, 2012, “Vermont Now Part of Feds’ ‘Secure Communities’ Program”, Burlington Free Press

April 23rd, 2012, “Migrant Justice Recognized on Vermont State House Chamber”, YouTube

April 9th, 2012, “Vermont Considers Driver’s Licenses for Migrant Workers”, Farmworkers Forum

March 7th, 2012, “Migrant Justice Press Conference”, YouTube

February 22nd, 2012, “ Immigrant Farm Workers Push for Guest Worker ID’s”, Capitol Press

December 20th, 2011, “Danilo Lopez of Justicia Migrante Migrant Justice Speaking at the Vermont Human Rights Conference”, Vermont Workers Center YouTube

December 11th, 2011, “State, Local Policies Emerge on Immigration”, Wall Street Journal

December 11th, 2011, “State, Local Policies Emerge on Immigration”, Business Week

December 11th, 2011, “State, Local Policies Emerge on Immigration”, The Christian Science Monitor

December 11th, 2011, “State, Local Policies Emerge on Immigration”, Boston Globe

Nov 23rd, 2011, “Food Justice Wins We Can Be Thankful for This Year,” Color Lines  

November 11th, 2011, “New 'Bias-Free' Immigration Policy Presents Challenges,” VPR

November 7th, 2011, “Mexican Organizers Say Immigration Problems Don’t Stop at the Borders,” VT Digger

November 5th, 2011, “Vermont Bans State Police from Asking About Legal Status for Suspected Illegal Immigrants,” MASS LIVE

November 5th, 2011, “Under New Rules, Vermont State Police Can No Longer Ask Undocumented Residents About Immigration Status,” VT Digger

November 4th, 2011, “State Revises Its ‘Bias-Free’ Policing Policy,” VPR

November 4th, 2011, “Shumlin Makes ‘Look the Other Way’ Official Immigration Enforcement Policy,” Seven Days  

November 4th, 2011, “Shumlin Effectively Puts ‘Look the Other Way’ in Writing,” WPTZ

November 4th, 2011, “Shumlin Unveils Bias-free Policing Policy,” WCAX

November 5th, 2011, “VT Amends Policy on Illegal Immigrants,” Brattleboro Reformer

November 1st, 2011, “Why Farmer Chris Wagner Hired Migrant Workers to Milk his Cows,” Seven Days

October 17th, 2011, “VT Farmworkers say they had a good meeting with governor,” Boston Globe

October 17th, 2011, “Migrant Workers Continue to Lobby Governor,” Rutland Herald

September 27th , 2011, “Vermont Migrant Farmworkers,” CCTV Live at 5:25  

September 15th, 2011, “VT Governor Wants Police Directive on Migrant Workers: Shumlin Says State Policy Is To 'Look The Other Way',” WPTZ  

September 14th, 2011, “Did VT Police Target Migrant Farmworkers?” WCAX

September 14th, 2011, “Migrant Farmworker Arrests Prompt Internal Police Investigation,” WCAX

September 13th, 2011, “Video: Migrant Farm Worker Leader Detained; 3 Arrested; Gov. Shumlin Orders Investigation,” Seven Days

August 26th, 2011, “Traven Leyson's Show on Healthcare and Migrant Justice,” CCTV

August 18th, 2011, “Migrant Workers to Shumlin: Denounce Immigration Enforcement Program,” Seven Days  

July 20th, 2011, “Migrant Workers Lobby Governor to Speak Out Against Federal Immigration Program,” Seven Days

June 10th, 2011, “Vermont Breaks Ground in Health Coverage for Migrant Workers,” Color Lines

May 20th, 2011, “Bikes Break Down Migrant Worker Barriers,” North Country Public Radio

May 3rd, 2011, “Activists Want Farmworkers Covered in Health Care System,” VPR

May 2nd, 2011, “Coverage for Migrant Farmworkers Sticking Point for Health Care Coverage,” VPR

May 2nd, 2011, “Activists Decry Exclusion of Undocumented Workers,” VTDigger

January 31st, 2011, “Coalition Promotes Bias-free Policing,” Addison County Independent

November 29th, 2010, “Dairy Laborers Who Sought Back Pay Find Work in County,” Addison Independent

November 19th, 2010, “Migrant Worker Files Complaint for Unpaid Wages,” VPR

November 18th, 2010, “Migrant VT Farm Workers go on Strike for Back Wages Owed,” Green Mountain Daily

July 13th, 2010, “Film Explores Death of Migrant Worker on VT Farm,” VPR

July 1st, 2010, “Mexican Farmworkers Doc Debuts in Burlington,” North Country Public Radio

June 30th, 2010, “A Vermont Documentary Follows a Dead Dairy Worker Home, to Mexico,” Seven Days

June 28th, 2010, “Tragedy Spurs a Movement: Grassroots Group Forges Connection Between Mexico, Vermont,”  VTDigger

June 26th, 2010, “VT film documents hardships of migrant farmworkers,” “Rutland Herald

April 15th, 2010, “Son of Migrant Worker Lends 'Voices' to Cause: Enosburg H.S. Junior Translates for New Web Site,” Migrant Justice(St. Albans Messenger)    

January 15th, 2010, “Body Of Farmworker Returned To Mexico,” VPR

January 9th, 2010, “After Migrant Worker's Farm Death, Advocates Hope to Bring Changes,” Times-Argus

January 9th, 2010, “Santiz Cruz Will be Buried Monday in Chiapas,” VT Digger

January 8th, 2010, “Vermonters Build International Solidarity with Migrant Farm Worker Community,” Green Mountain Daily

January 4th, 2010, “The Real Price of Milk,” The Atlantic   

December 23rd, 2009, “Vigil for Mexican Farmworker Oveth Santis Cruz,” CCTV

December 23rd, 2009, “Vermonters Grieve ‘Invisible Life and Death’ of Migrant Farm Worker Killed in Farming Accident,” Green Mountain Daily   

December 28th, 2009, José Obeth Santiz Cruz Memorial Fund,” Vermont Workers’ Center

December 23rd, 2009, “Vigil Held for Mexican Farm Worker,” WCAX News

December 27th, 2009, “Young Man’s Accidental Death on a Vermont Dairy Farm Points up Migrant-Worker Conundrum,” VT Digger