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19 07, 2021

A Joyous Welcome

2022-02-24T17:09:37-05:00July 19th, 2021|

Habimana Kabera and Leniya Mukamuganga met in the Democratic Republic of Congo and soon had to flee violence in their home country. Arriving in a refugee camp in Rwanda, they had seven children, now ages 7 to 22, over the next 25 years. On July 9th, they arrived in the U.S. and were [...]

12 11, 2020

The difference between two Mondays

2022-02-24T17:13:25-05:00November 12th, 2020|

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 for unemployment. They had been working at a nearby hotel for a number of years before being furloughed and eventually [...]

8 05, 2020

Three generations now thriving in Nashua: Kanyere and Frediana

2022-02-24T17:18:36-05:00May 8th, 2020|

Kanyere and her mother, Frediana, fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004 and lived in the Kyaka II refugee camp in western Uganda for 14 years. “There were people killed before our eyes,” Frediana said when she recalled the conditions that forced her family to leave their home. In 2018, Kanyere, Frediana, [...]

17 04, 2020

National Volunteer Appreciation Week at IINE

2022-02-24T17:20:16-05:00April 17th, 2020|

Each year, the International Institute serves thousands of refugee, asylee, and immigrant families through our many supportive services. Nearly every IINE program depends on volunteers to deliver the quality support our students and clients deserve. IINE staff often remark that “we couldn’t do it” without the amazing corps of dedicated volunteers. IINE volunteers [...]

15 04, 2020

IINE works from home

2022-02-24T17:20:40-05:00April 15th, 2020|

Since March 12, 2020, the vast majority of IINE employees are working remotely to keep safe and practice social distancing. For an organization that thrives on personal connection, face-to-face service delivery, and group interaction, it was an adjustment for us to move our operations online. It wasn’t long, though, before we found that [...]

6 04, 2020

A grateful update from IINE

2022-02-24T17:20:59-05:00April 6th, 2020|

In these challenging times it is remarkable to me how communities across the country are coming together. People are taking social distancing seriously, school districts are doing their best to provide remote learning, companies are manufacturing ventilators and other equipment as quickly as they can, neighbors are checking in on one another, [...]

3 04, 2020

Suitcase Stories expanding to include online and interactive resources 

2020-04-21T19:37:57-04:00April 3rd, 2020|

By Sarra Briki  Intern, Marketing & Community Relations    Serving refugees and immigrants for more than 100 years, IINE's mission is built on community and resilience. With the rising challenges that COVID-19 imposes on all of us, we feel even more committed to keeping our community tightly connected and strengthening our sense of togetherness in [...]

26 03, 2020

Everyone Has A Suitcase Story

2020-04-21T19:37:59-04:00March 26th, 2020|

By Cheryl Hamilton, Suitcase Stories Director “I am not sure I have a story.” This is often the response when I speak with someone about participating in Suitcase Stories®, a signature program of the International Institute of New England. Suitcase Stories is how we explore storytelling through the lens of migration. We believe that [...]

14 03, 2020

IINE’s COVID-19 plan, and the need for community

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

Dear Friends: Our highest priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our clients and community. In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, effective today, the International Institute of New England suspended most on-site services and moved to remote work plans for most staff. The plan applies to all three of our offices [...]

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 [...]

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