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State Refugee Coordinator

In 1980, then Governor Richard Snelling initiated Vermont’s formal participation in the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program.  The State, through the State Refugee Coordinator, coordinates private and public resources for refugee resettlement and delivery of services to refugees.

The State Refugee Coordinator implements the State Plan for Refugee Resettlement, oversees federal grants for refugee services, including refugee medical assistance, refugee social services and refugee children school impact grants.  The Refugee Coordinator works across all State Departments and Agencies and with national, local and community partners to increase collaboration, foster the sharing of information, and maximize resources for the resettlement and successful integration of the refugees into Vermont.  The Coordinator chairs the Refugee & Immigrant Service Providers Networks (RISPNet) of Chittenden and Washington counties and the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) AHS Committee.  For more information, please contact the State Refugee Coordinator, Denise Lamoureux, at 241-2229 or  denise.lamoureux@ahs.state.vt.us.