Fondo Para La Libertad Vermont
Vermont Freedom Bail Fund
Help our immigrant neighbors gain freedom from prison and deportation!
Fondo Para La Libertad VT
Vermont Freedom Bail Fund
We are a tax-deductible fund available to bail out immigrants living in Vermont held on immigration charges. Immigrants with any chance of release from ICE prison need bail in order to be freed from the prison system to rejoin their families and communities, have wider legal options, get help in preparing their cases, and be able to earn their living.
What We Do
The Fund works with those detained and their legal counsel to provide the bail funds they need in order to be released.
What happens to the money?
When an immigration case is closed, the person involved usually leaves the country. The bail funds may be returned through a complex process, enabling funds to be reused. However, we cannot count on the funds being returned for a variety of reasons. Those who benefit from the fund and stay in Vermont will be encouraged to promote the fund within their communities. This fund enables allies to accompany our immigrant neighbors in their struggle for life.
Who is at risk?
Approximately 1000-2000 immigrants from Mexico and Central America have been in Vermont since the mid1990s, working invisibly at dairy farms, sustaining Vermont’s dairy industry, and paying a heavy price with their lives.
Why is this happening?
Is this happening in Vermont?
Despite passage of Vermont state law to stop racial profiling by police, state agencies have provided information enabling ICE and CBP to identify and arrest immigrant activists in northern Vermont.
There are days full of wind, there are days full of fury, the day full of tears, but there are also days full of love, which give us the courage to keep going. — Victor Diaz, while incarcerated by ICE, April 2016
What can you do?
Or make checks or money orders payable to:
Fondo Para La Libertad / AFGJ
Alliance for Global Justice, Inc.
225 E. 26th Street, Suite 1
Tucson, AZ 85713
The Mission of the Vermont Freedom Bail Fund / El Fondo Para La Libertad VT is to provide bail funds for the early release of undocumented immigrants from prison to avoid deportation, to enable them to return to their families, communities and employment as soon as possible, and to have access to more legal options in their immigration cases, while creating solidarity between people seeking justice in a period of increased incarceration and criminalization of people of color.
Who are we?
Fondo Para La Libertad VT / Vermont Freedom Bail Fund
Steering Committee members:
The Rev. Sally May
Robert K. Wright
Christine Kemp Longmore
Liaison to Vermont Racial Justice Coalition
Liaison to Alliance for Global Justice, fiscal sponsor