“Community always will seek community first."

VIA was honored by the Queens' Borough President Office (QBPO)

Venezuelans shared their experiences in NYC

Call for Permanent Immigration Solutions

Five years offering the Christmas Dinner​

VIA's Fifth Anniversary. First Benefit Concert

Venezuelan asylees, the story up close

Niurka fled Venezuela after the country's economy collapsed

Venezuelans help out forced migrants in NYC

Will most asylum seekers get status? Immigration lawyers disagree

«Migrants have individual stories about why they came. The common theme: a better life for their families. But achieving that is not guaranteed. “They still need to start a process and it is a hard process,” said Victoria Gamez, an immigration lawyer with Cabanillas and Associates.

Gamez advises recent migrants on their legal cases — for free at VIA twice a month. Read more here.

Venezuelan asylum seeker works to help new migrants

«Community always will seek community first,” said Niurka Melendez, director of VIA. Melendez said there is a serious information gap because many migrants believe that saying they are seeking asylum to immigration authorities is all they have to do to actually apply. That’s not how it works.’… Read more here.

NGO in New York provides legal, community, and psychological support to the Venezuelan community

«Through the orientation Venezuelan and Immigrants Aids seeks to facilitate the process of adaptation and empowerment of Venezuelans in the northeast of the United States, so that their migratory transition occurs safely… Read more here.

Helping Venezuelan migrants through his NGO is the mission of Wendell Oviedo in New York

«Learning English, help with food and clothing, emotional support and assistance on immigration issues, are the main objectives of ‘VIA’… Read more here.

The Unintentional American Dream: Meet ELI CNIE Alumna Niurka Melendez

«Niurka pushed herself to continue learning English and making strides in New York. As she carved out a role for herself in the community, working as a translator and connecting other newly-arrived Venezuelans with services, she received an invitation to participate in a focus group considering the possibility of creating an English class for professional immigrants at the NYU English Language Institute… Read more here.

Venezuelan Residents in Juridical Limbo Since Closing of New York Consulate

«Adding to the calamity of having fled a humanitarian crisis back home, the growing community of Venezuelans in New York is experiencing a new dramatic obstacle due to the closing of their country’s consulate in Manhattan… Read more here.

A Venezuelan Couple help the immigrant community in New York

Telemundo 47’s report to the founders of VIA, Niurka Meléndez and Héctor Arguinzones. See more here.

Refugees Around the Table

A new campaign is hosting dinner parties around the world to build communities and strengthen networks. Read more here.

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