20 08, 2020

Memory lane calling – IINE client comes full circle

2020-08-20T17:10:33+00:00August 20th, 2020|

By Sherry Spaulding, Education and Youth Program Manager I received a very special phone call today. It was Samuel Jordan, the 74-year-old patriarch of a Liberian family who was my very first job placement client when I started working at IINE’s Lowell office as an Employment Specialist in 2004. He was calling to tell [...]

14 08, 2020

Welcome to America. You are now in lockdown. – IINE resettles refugee family

2020-08-25T19:29:01+00:00August 14th, 2020|

This message comes from Rahmatullah Aka, IINE’s Community Services Manager in Boston. He shared this story as part of our All Together campaign, made possible by a generous $15k match offer from a family foundation and friend of IINE. This month, they will match every donation, dollar-for-dollar, up to $15,000 $30,000. You can help [...]

6 08, 2020

She was an asylee with COVID-19 and needed help – IINE responds

2020-08-25T19:30:23+00:00August 6th, 2020|

This message comes from Sabyne Denaud, IINE’s Community Services Manager in Lowell. She shared this story as part of our All Together campaign, made possible by a generous $15k match offer from a family foundation and friend of IINE. This month, they will match every donation, dollar-for-dollar, up to $15,000 $30,000. You can help us reach our goal by donating at iine.org/match-campaign.  [...]

16 07, 2020

IINE opposes proposed Asylum regulation

2020-07-16T17:25:04+00:00July 16th, 2020|

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued proposed asylum regulations that will make it nearly impossible for people to pursue asylum claims in the United States. Asylum is a lifeline for tens of thousands of vulnerable people fleeing persecution. It is a form of legal protection [...]

26 05, 2020

Persistence pays off for Hospitality Training Program graduate

2020-06-01T14:30:42+00:00May 26th, 2020|

When Adolfo Gomes first arrived in the U.S., he spoke little English and worked entry-level jobs in restaurant kitchens. Anyone who has met him will tell you that being in the back of the house isn’t the natural place for Adolfo’s outgoing personality, nor the best use of his degree in advertising from a [...]

11 05, 2020

Advocating for eligible immigrants who are one step away from Citizenship

2020-05-11T21:01:02+00:00May 11th, 2020|

As an organization that has welcomed immigrants to the U.S. since 1918, the International Institute of New England has been on the front lines of immigration policy and advocacy for more than a century.  In recent days, we have contacted federal legislators from Massachusetts and New Hampshire to call attention to policies recently enacted [...]

23 04, 2020

Some important takeaways for the IINE community with regard to President Trump’s Proclamation

2020-04-23T21:26:48+00:00April 23rd, 2020|

The president’s Proclamation on April 22 has created confusion and concern among our immigrant and refugee community. Managing Attorney Chiara St. Pierre has prepared a quick analysis to help IINE staff and clients determine the immediate impact – if any -  this action will have on them. 1) Effective Date:  The proclamation is effective  [...]

16 09, 2019

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

2020-04-21T19:38:08+00:00September 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 [...]

8 09, 2019

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

2020-04-21T19:38:09+00:00September 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. [...]

4 09, 2019

A “happily ever after” for one international couple

2020-04-21T19:38:12+00:00September 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 [...]

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