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We are a community-based NGO that functions with 100% volunteer support to help Venezuelan forced migrants and asylum seekers in New York.

We help Venezuelan displaced people to adapt and integrate into this country and its culture as quickly and safely as possible. We connect them to one another and to institutions in New York city that can support them in, for example, learning English, getting food and clothing, and establishing their legal inmigration status here.

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Advocacy and activism work to increase visibility of issues surrounding migration politics for those seeking international protection.

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It has been a 2021 full of much information regarding Venezuelan forced migrants, especially during the last 3 months..

At VIA, we focus on sharing quality visual content to circulate truthful and accurate information, thus raising awareness about the situation experienced by Venezuelan forced migrants in different countries of the world. For us, it is one of our ways of helping.

6000 People

  • eached through our social network posts and campaigns.
3600 People

  • interacted with us through our posts.
80 People
  • served in 2021 through VIA’s Online Saturday English classes and Pronunciation classes
10 Webinars
  • and online orientation sessions that have served 500+ members of our community.

By the end of July, we will open the enrollment for the third cycle of our Online Saturday English classes and One-on-One English tutoring for Venezuelans under 18 years of age. 

And we will continue with our awareness campaigns on the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and the forced migration resulting from that crisis.

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Alexandra Bermudez and her husband connected with VIA right after their arrival to the US in 2019.

To me VIA is my family, a little piece of Venezuela in NYC. I see them in the future as an organization with stronger foundations than it has and with more goals achieved. They have helped me with legal orientation; English classes; emotional support; financial assistance; workshops to know my rights, and as a bridge to connect with other organizations that I did not know about.

Douglas Blanco got his asylee status and continue connecting with VIA since 2018.

VIA is an organization that supports the community. I know I can count on it because it is what Niurka and Hector transmit as their founders. You can go, come, get away a little, contribute something, and you know that they will always be there to support you. VIA has helped me with English pronunciation class; emotional support; dinners sharing, and connect with other organizations that I never knew before

Doris Calderon fled Venezuela in 2018 and became asylum seeker in 2020.

VIA was, is, and will be a great family to me. There I found great emotional support such as food, clothing and economic help when I needed it. In the future, I see it as a great organization to help immigrants, both from Venezuela and from other countries. VIA has given me support with legal orientation; English classes; translations to communicate with other organizations or individuals; and connect me with other organizations that I never knew before.

Mireya Gonzalez and her family VIA is like a ‘Mother’ who gives you advice

accompanies, and takes care of you by providing the necessary information regarding the laws and how they impact your status as an immigrant. VIA invites you to share and learn every day to move forward without losing hope, also anticipating the future because despite not receiving any monetary contribution for all the services and information it offers, it seeks strategic alliances to continue supporting the Venezuelan community in NY.”

Jenglys Briceño VIA is an excellent organization

That in the future will be highly recognized internationally. VIA helped me find legal orientation, they also helped me with English classes, cultural and recreational activities, and they still connect me with resources and other organizations that I do not know.

Jull Rada and his family Since we knew about VIA we felt a lot of affinity and empathy

with it because you get shelter, solidarity, reunion, collaboration, orientation, as well as a bit of the best part of the Venezuela of my times, one with principles, values, customs, union, and harmony. We feel VIA like “A BIG FAMILY.” VIA has given us help with legal aid, emotional support, cultural and recreational activities like welcome refugees dinners, summer programs, and connecting with organizations we didn’t know.

Alicia Fericelli VIA is part of my family and I feel that we will continue to be united and grow together.

VIA helps and opens the path to our Venezuelan community in this country. VIA has helped with legal orientation, English classes for beginners, cultural activities, and connected me with local NGOs that I did not know.

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