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21 09, 2022

International Day of Peace: A message from IINE’s CEO

2022-10-03T13:10:47-04:00September 21st, 2022|

Dear Friends: More than 40 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared September 21 as the International Day of Peace, a day in which nations commit to non-violence and cease-fire, and people throughout the world reflect on the steps they can take to create a more peaceful society. At IINE, we're reminded today [...]

30 08, 2022

A year after the fall of Kabul – Zahra’s story

2022-10-03T13:10:59-04:00August 30th, 2022|

On Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Taliban surrounded Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, and retook control of the battered nation. Skeptical of promises of a peaceful transition of power, thousands fled the country, fearful of persecution for their support of U.S. efforts in their country. 600,000 Afghan nationals fled Afghanistan; 75,000 were evacuated to the United [...]

29 08, 2022

Farewell to IINE’s Friend, Mary Annie Wakim

2022-10-03T13:11:09-04:00August 29th, 2022|

Mary Annie Wakim died peacefully at Belmont House, Toronto, Ontario, on August 12, 2022, she was 102 years old.   After graduating from St. Vincent's Girls High School in Saint John, N.B. in 1938, Mary moved to Boston, MA, where she began a 55-year career in retail sales, her career culminating at the historic Filene's [...]

24 08, 2022

Farewell to a Trusted Board Member and Friend of Refugees, Thomas Lucey

2022-10-03T13:11:17-04:00August 24th, 2022|

The International Institute of New England joins the many friends, family, and colleagues mourning the loss of Thomas Lucey earlier this month. Thomas, who served on the IINE Board of Directors in the late 1990s and early 2000s, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2022, at the age of 78.   Born and raised [...]

2 08, 2022

A closer look: “Resettle Together: Community Sponsorship at IINE”

2022-10-03T13:11:24-04:00August 2nd, 2022|

Over the past several months, IINE has resettled more than 500 Afghan evacuees while simultaneously providing intensive case management and essential services to Haitians displaced by natural disasters and political unrest, children who crossed the U.S. border unaccompanied, and Ukrainians uprooted by war in their homeland. While each of these individuals has their own [...]

4 07, 2022

Becoming a New American

2022-12-09T10:58:56-05:00July 4th, 2022|

The resettlement process doesn’t end once our clients safely relocate to their new communities. This is often just the beginning step on their path to building a new life in the United States.  In celebration of Independence Day, we’d like to recognize some of those whose journey has brought them to New [...]

28 06, 2022

IINE’s CEO Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

2022-10-03T13:11:46-04:00June 28th, 2022|

Dear IINE Friends and Supporters:  On Friday, June 24th, the United States Supreme Court rescinded a 50-year-old constitutional right allowing women in all 50 states safe and legal access to abortion. The Court's decision means that in some states, women will have the right to make their own decisions about their reproductive health, while [...]

27 06, 2022

IINE’s Vice President Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade 

2022-10-03T13:11:41-04:00June 27th, 2022|

Through the 14 years I have participated professionally in supporting the lives of refugees and immigrants, what has centered my commitment is the promise of human dignity, found in opportunities for freedom from oppression and persecution. Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the federal constitutional right to abortion established in Roe [...]

9 06, 2022

IINE Statement on Passing of Massachusetts Work and Family Mobility Act

2022-10-03T13:11:37-04:00June 9th, 2022|

Imagine worrying every time you had to bring a loved one to the doctor, drive to the store to buy groceries, or drive to get your kids from school, you may be separated from your family. This was a daily reality for some immigrants living in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until today. Today, thanks [...]

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