12 03, 2018

An unforgettable celebration

2018-03-12T12:51:30+00:00 March 12th, 2018|

Despite a wicked nor’easter that chilled the region the night before, the atmosphere was exceedingly warm when 400 intrepid guests gathered at the Sheraton Boston to celebrate International Women's Day on Thursday. The event raised more than $100,000 for the International Institute. THANK YOU! The annual lunch honored three extraordinary immigrant women for their [...]

5 03, 2018

In The News: CIVICS 101: A Podcast About DACA

2018-03-05T16:44:41+00:00 March 5th, 2018|

We received a wonderful email from a community partner at New Hampshire Public Radio regarding a podcast they recently released explaining Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). New Hampshire Public radio produces a podcast called Civics 101 (which explains in everyday language with guests/experts – how does democracy work? What are the meaning behind terms [...]

5 03, 2018

A Message From the CEO: We ARE a “nation of immigrants.” No matter what the official statement is

2018-03-05T01:29:06+00:00 March 5th, 2018|

A Message from the CEO Last week, in a quiet but very important way, the U.S. government officially redefined our national identity. Let me explain. Until last week, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office (the administrative section of the Department of Homeland Security that approves green card and citizenship applications) listed these [...]

13 01, 2018

A Message from the CEO: The President is wrong

2018-01-13T03:50:30+00:00 January 13th, 2018|

With his much-publicized comment about Haitians and Africans, President Trump finally admitted this week that the foundation of his administration’s immigration policy is pure racism. As an organization dedicated to welcoming the world’s most vulnerable people, we strongly condemn these offensive and egregious statements about immigrants. It is disheartening, to say the least, to [...]

8 12, 2017

Winter clothing needed for immigrants and refugees

2018-02-22T14:38:47+00:00 December 8th, 2017|

Winter Clothing & Gear  Needed in Lowell, Boston, and Manchester, NH The oncoming winter brings new challenges to some IINE refugee and immigrant clients, many of whom are unused to the cold weather in New England. We are appealing to our community to help the people we support in Manchester, NH, Boston and Lowell [...]

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 [...]