27 10, 2017

America: The Persian Rug

2017-11-02T15:52:01+00:00 October 27th, 2017|

This is the first blog in a series of posts highlighting immigrants in business across New England. Today, Massachusetts is made up of more than one million immigrants, with approximately one out of every seven residents being foreign-born. These new Americans are entrepreneurs, job creators, taxpayers, and consumers, making them critical contributors to Massachusetts’ [...]

26 10, 2017

Happy Halloween! (Or, Happy Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve!)

2017-11-01T21:42:00+00:00 October 26th, 2017|

    In the United States, children and adults alike have been preparing for Halloween for several weeks; searching for the perfect costume, decorating homes, and buying candy for trick-or-treaters (one quarter of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for this day!) While Halloween continues to be a very popular [...]

24 10, 2017

End Of Year State Of The Org

2017-11-07T19:59:44+00:00 October 24th, 2017|

Dear Friends: In 1918, the year before we opened the International Institute in Lowell, Congress adopted legislation allowing the U.S. to deport foreign-born people – without due process – if they were affiliated with any group opposed to organized government. In 1924, the year our Boston site opened, President Calvin Coolidge signed into [...]

17 10, 2017

FACT & FICTION: Debunking myths about immigrants and refugees

2017-11-07T19:46:40+00:00 October 17th, 2017|

August 10, 2017 “It’s a fact: Immigrants make communities safer” The impact of immigration on every part of society is a topic consistently debated both in the news and on social media. As supporters of New Americans, the International Institute of New England (IINE) takes this opportunity to share facts and information that de-bunk [...]

17 10, 2017

Still Standing with Refugees

2017-11-07T20:01:19+00:00 October 17th, 2017|

FROM THE CEO’S DESK   Since the International Institute of New England (IINE) began hosting the Suitcase Stories series in April 2017, more than 1,000 people have attended a show and had their hearts and minds changed forever. Since the IINE community just wrapped up our final 2017 performance of Suitcase Stories in Boston, I’m taking the [...]

14 09, 2017

Honoring Patricia Wrenn’s Legacy and Impact on the International Institute of New England

2017-11-01T21:51:28+00:00 September 14th, 2017|

The International Institute of New England (IINE) takes this opportunity to remember one of its own – former Chairperson of the Board of Directors Patricia “Patsy” Wrenn – who passed away in Dedham, Massachusetts on August 21, 2017. “We’ve lost someone who was truly elegant and refined, but also a force to be reckoned [...]

14 09, 2017

Live Storytelling Performance Honors the Contributions of Refugees and Immigrants Throughout New England

2017-11-07T20:02:43+00:00 September 14th, 2017|

August 21, 2017 – (Manchester, New Hampshire) On Thursday, September 21, more than 800 people will fill the Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire for a special public performance of Suitcase Stories LIVE! The event, beginning at 7:00PM, is co-sponsored by the International Institute of New England (IINE), Inti Academy, and MassMouth and features six [...]

14 08, 2017

Finding a New Home in New England

2017-11-07T20:10:01+00:00 August 14th, 2017|

A Congolese family resettled by the International Institute of New England puts tragedy behind them to rebuild their lives in Lowell Rose Mukundi Muswumba is a not just a fighter, she is a warrior. A widowed mother of ten, Rose struggled to raise and provide for her children on her own after her husband [...]

14 09, 2017

IINE Education Program Instructor Irina Lopukhina honored with Easterseals 2017 Communication Connection Award

2017-11-07T20:07:07+00:00 September 14th, 2017|

IINE’s partnership with Easterseals New Hampshire prepares immigrants and refugees to be residential instructors Easterseals New Hampshire recently honored IINE-Manchester Education Program Instructor Irina Lopukhina with the 2017 Communication Connection Award. Each year, Easterseals serves 1.4 million children and adults in the United States with disabilities. Under Irina’s leadership, IINE worked with [...]

14 09, 2017

Board of Directors Highlight

2017-09-14T20:22:16+00:00 September 14th, 2017|

Zoltan Csimma, Board Chair Zoltan Csimma is the new chair of the IINE Board of Directors. A member of the board since 2003, his personal experience and professional background make him exceptionally well-suited to lead IINE. As a former refugee, Mr. Csimma personally identifies with the International Institute’s mission to provide refugees with a [...]