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Boston2023-05-30T13:42:35-04:00

Boston, MA

About Our Boston Site

The Boston site serves refugees, asylees and immigrants throughout Greater Boston through a core of common services essential to our mission: refugee resettlement, case management, health services navigation, employment, education and literacy, and skills training programming. Our refugee resettlement, community services and employment programs provide the initial welcome, cultural and community orientation, early basic needs, as well as English for Employment classes and employment support to refugees and asylees fleeing persecution and conflict in their homelands.

History

Six years after the International Institute of Lowell was established in 1918, the International Institute of Boston was established at the YWCA then located at 12 Newbury Street in 1924. The Institute separated from the YWCA in 1935, and over the ensuing decades hundreds of community groups, individuals, corporations, and foundations joined forces with the International Institute to help new Americans integrate into New England. The International Institute of New Hampshire was founded in 1994 as a reorganization, continuation, and expansion of existing services in place since 1987. In 2001, the Boston site, Lowell site, and the International Institute of New Hampshire, which was founded in 1994, became one consolidated organization – The International Institute of New England.

Today, our Boston site includes over 100 staff, who provide a range of services to over 1,500 refugee and immigrant clients annually.

Boston Site Programs & Services

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT

Reception and welcoming of refugees in the Boston communities. Resettlement includes an intensive 90 day support period to help connect families with housing, food, financial assistance, and cultural support.

CASE MANAGEMENT

Support services to remove barriers to self-sufficiency to asylee, Cuban and Haitian Entrants, Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees, and certified victims of trafficking by facilitating access to health insurance and health care, education, employment programs, and public benefits.

mother and child with American flag

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Trained program staff screen potential applicants and provide pro bono assistance to eligible legal permanent residents with the naturalization process.

Construction class

EMPLOYMENT

Job preparation, training, search, placement, and retention services that help refugees and immigrants prepare for and access quality jobs and careers.

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UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

Support services to facilitate unaccompanied minors access to linguistically and culturally appropriate medical, mental health, educational, legal and other community services.

Families embrace at the airport

TRAFFICKING VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TVAP)

Comprehensive case management services to foreign national victims of human trafficking and eligible family members.

JOB SKILLS TRAINING

 We offer two different job-training programs that provide practical skills training for newcomers looking to launch careers in hospitality or healthcare fields who have medium proficiency in English and a minimum of six months of work experience in the United States.

ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL)

Language training for adult English for Speakers of Other Languages with a focus on college and career readiness. Clients increase their English language skills and receive coaching to help them meet their educational and vocational goals.

Boston site related news

The difference between two Mondays

After a momentous weekend, our staff returned to work—either virtually or in person—yesterday. Here’s what their Monday looked like: In Boston, a member of the Employment team helped an immigrant client file an application [...]

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