16 09, 2019

The Third Narrative about Immigrants: Why We Need Them As Much As They Need Us

2022-02-24T17:27:18-05:00September 16th, 2019|

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” For some, the words of poet Emma Lazarus, which have adorned the Statue of Liberty for over 100 years, are a call to help those who are suffering. For others, like Ken Cuccinelli, the [...]

9 09, 2019

When newcomers become homeowners, families and communities benefit

2020-04-21T19:38:09-04:00September 9th, 2019|

By Brenna Foley, IINE-Lowell Bassam Almutawali is a refugee from Iraq who arrived with his family in July of 2014, and was resettled by IINE in Lowell. Bassam enrolled in IINE’s Individual Development Account Program in February of 2017. The IDA program allows  refugees, asylees, and other specialized immigrants to earn money while saving [...]

8 09, 2019

From a Desperate Situation to a Stable Family Environment: The Family Reunification Program

2022-02-24T17:28:21-05:00September 8th, 2019|

By Kaila Thomas, IINE intern Since 2011, the International Institute of New England has helped unaccompanied minor children by providing the support and resources they need to reunify with loved ones in the United States. Sometimes migrant families travel to the U.S. border together, but very often children travel alone and cross the U.S. [...]

6 09, 2019

IINE welcomes Dan Arrigg Koh as the newest member of its Board of Directors

2020-04-21T19:38:10-04:00September 6th, 2019|

By Juli Gamba, IINE Intern As a man whose professional career has revolved around the people and politics of Massachusetts, the newest member of IINE’s Board of Directors, Daniel Arrigg Koh, said he is looking forward to bringing his personal toolbox of business, communications, and nonprofit experience to help the leaders of the organization. [...]

5 09, 2019

Having Won a Visa Lottery, this ESOL Student Strives to Succeed

2020-04-21T19:38:10-04:00September 5th, 2019|

by Mariah Dennis, volunteer and contributing writer Many people live in hope of winning a lottery, but Boston ESOL student Yawo Detse Vouti  has already won the most important lottery of his life. In fact, he describes the day he won the lottery as “like a dream.” In 2007, he was living in his [...]

4 09, 2019

Raising up immigrant stories through photographs: Meet Becky

2020-04-21T19:38:11-04:00September 4th, 2019|

Inspired by a desire to make world cultures more accessible to New Hampshirites, photographer Becky Field has made it her life's work to capture, celebrate, and raise up images of cultural diversity in the Granite State. While highlighting cultural differences, her work illustrates the human themes of family, faith, work, and community that are [...]

4 09, 2019

A “happily ever after” for one international couple

2020-04-21T19:38:12-04:00September 4th, 2019|

By Mariah Dennis, volunteer and contributing writer It was love at first click for Andrea and Kurt, when they met online in 2014. But, there was one problem with this twenty-first century love story: Andrea lived in Peru, and Kurt lived in Boston. They spent the next two years chatting online before finally meeting [...]

26 08, 2019

“Nothing is ever easy until you have done it.” Lessons from the Hospitality Training Program in Boston

2020-04-21T19:38:13-04:00August 26th, 2019|

Graduation Speech by Leonardo Fermin, Hospitality Training Program Hello everyone, thank you for being here today. My name is Leonardo Fermin. I am originally from Venezuela and I would like to start by telling you a little bit about myself. Being in Venezuela, I had the opportunity to complete high school and continue on [...]

22 08, 2019

Information for immigrant families: Public Charge policy changes start October 15, 2019

2020-04-21T19:38:13-04:00August 22nd, 2019|

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a new public charge rule, which will go into effect on October 15th.  The rule includes a requirement that immigrants seeking a change in status (i.e., a green card) “must demonstrate that they have not, since obtaining the nonimmigrant status they seek to extend or [...]

14 08, 2019

IINE Statement on Public Charge Policy changes

2020-04-21T19:38:14-04:00August 14th, 2019|

The Trump Administration's new "Public Charge" policy will limit the ability of legally-admitted, tax-paying immigrants to become permanent residents and citizens of the U.S. The International Institute of New England condemns this xenophobic policy as un-American and economically indefensible. Legal immigrants with documented statuses sometimes struggle to make a living when they first arrive [...]

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