Rutland Site Closed to Refugee Resettlement
By Wendy Grace | Diocesan Liaison for Refugee Resettlement
RUTLAND, VT – Eskinder Negash, president and CEO of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), reported on January 7 that USCRI Vermont, the state’s refugee resettlement agency, is now permanently closed. As explained in Negash’s letter, the site was “zeroed out” in 2018, meaning that no new refugees would be resettled there in that year. At that time, the possibility for future resettlement was still an option. It was not unexpected, however, with the subsequent reduction in refugee resettlement in the U.S. that the Rutland site would be deemed obsolete. In his letter to the branch offices of USCRI and State Refugee Coordinator Denise Lamoreux, Negash commended the people of Rutland and the State of Vermont for its collaboration and enthusiasm in welcoming refugees.