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14 08, 2019

IINE Statement on Public Charge Policy changes

2019-08-14T13:50:23+00:00August 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 [...]

25 07, 2019

Meet Hailu: one of our newest citizens

2019-07-25T14:40:33+00:00July 25th, 2019|

Hailu is from Ethiopia. Earlier this year, he hired IINE's Legal Immigration Forms Service (LIFS) for help with his citizenship application. Ashley Wellbrock took on Hailu's case, prepared his application and forms, and helped him get ready for his citizenship interview. On July 11, 2019, Hailu became a U.S. citizen. When asked about his [...]

30 05, 2019

IINE’s Legal Services bring newcomers to the next step in their immigration journey

2019-05-30T23:32:45+00:00May 30th, 2019|

For many people who need help with their immigration paperwork and applications, attorney fees are often the most expensive part of the process. In order to provide affordable and reliable legal help, the International Institute recently relaunched a Legal Immigration Forms Service (LIFS), available to all, that provides high quality legal assistance at a [...]

30 05, 2019

At the IINE centennial, Enterprise Bank went beyond the typical event sponsorship

2019-05-31T17:30:27+00:00May 30th, 2019|

Sophy Theam during her speech When IINE celebrated its historic 100-year anniversary in Lowell earlier this year, one of the event’s top sponsors, Enterprise Bank, decided that a donation alone wasn’t enough. The series of events that led to Enterprise Bank becoming more than a fiscal sponsor of the celebration began [...]

22 05, 2019

A message from the President & CEO: Here’s why we should fight the Trump Administration’s proposed policy

2019-05-22T15:09:33+00:00May 22nd, 2019|

My colleagues sometimes refer to me as “Professor” Thielman because I require facts, data and a strategy debate before we adopt a policy at IINE. I take their ribbing, but I’m confident a fact-based approach to strategy is standard operating procedure for most organizations. Unfortunately, rigorous policy research isn’t the norm in the current [...]

19 05, 2019

IINE celebrates 100 years of service with 100 honorees

2019-07-22T12:31:08+00:00May 19th, 2019|

More than 600 people gathered at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, May 1 to mark the centennial of the International Institute of New England (IINE) and to recognize the enduring legacy of immigrants and refugees in the Lowell community.  IINE is one of the oldest and largest refugee resettlement and immigrant services [...]

15 03, 2019

Congratulations to our first graduating class: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

2019-03-15T17:53:49+00:00March 15th, 2019|

There was a standing ovation and some tears of joy this week as seven immigrant women became the first graduating class of IINE’s newest Skills Training Course. The  Creating New Avenues for Success (“CNA for Success “) program is a specialized workforce development course designed for immigrants seeking careers in the Certified Nursing Assistant [...]

14 12, 2018

IINE seeking public help in identifying 100 influential Lowellians

2019-02-04T22:09:18+00:00December 14th, 2018|

LOWELL - To mark 100 years of serving newcomers to Lowell, the International Institute of New England (IINE) will honor 100 Lowellians who have influenced, led, and been part of Lowell’s vibrant immigrant community. “Since our founding in 1918, the people of Lowell have been our partners in resettling, educating, and welcoming newcomers to [...]

3 12, 2018

A million reasons to celebrate: Golden Door Award Gala

2019-02-04T22:09:25+00:00December 3rd, 2018|

Thank you for being part of an historic night. IINE's 37th Golden Door Award Gala honoring Dr. Rafael Reif, the president of MIT, was a success because of you. Nearly 700 people from all across the globe gathered Thursday evening in the ballroom at the InterContinental Hotel to celebrate the leadership of Dr. Reif and [...]