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Mobile Mexican Consulate Finds a Venue at a UU Congregation in Vermont
Each year, the Mexican Consulate in Boston sends their "mobile consulate" to western Vermont, to serve the concentrated population of Mexican farmworkers there. For the last several years, and again in 2016, the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS) in Middlebury has hosted the consulate. CVUUS opens its sanctuary for the Consulate to set up their computer systems, and provides Internet access. The Open Door Clinic uses a meeting room for health consultations and provides vaccinations, dental screenings, and other health services. CVUUS also serves as the focal point for clothing collection and distribution. Throughout the day, food is provided by the Middlebury Friends Meeting. While clients are waiting for their appointments with the Consulate, there are various presentations on preventative health, legal aspects of dealing with immigration authorities, and an introduction to the migrant education program. Translators are available from Middlebury College Juntos. The entire event is coordinated by the Addison Country Migrant Farmworkers Coalition.
The prior evening, after setting up for the event was completed, CVUUS hosted a session on "How to be an Ally" for migrants in our area, with presentations from the CVUUS minister Rev. Barnaby Feder, the Mexican Counsul in Boston Emilio Rabasa, and the Middlebury Police Chief John Hanley.
Additional information is available in the Boston Globe article of December 21, 2016 "In new era of Trump, Mexico, US groups offer aid to migrants" (http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/12/20/miles-from-border-diplomat-offers-aid-mexicans-trump-era/JGzFHR3EiCFTR2BZNGNpAK/story.html)
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