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 [...]

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 [...]

25 07, 2019

Meet Hailu: one of our newest citizens

2022-03-07T17:17:47-05:00July 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 [...]

5 06, 2019

IINE featured on NHPR, New Hampshire Public Radio

2020-04-21T19:38:19-04:00June 5th, 2019|

In the run up to World Refugee Day, IINE CEO Jeff Thielman was invited to appear on “The Exchange,”  with two former refugees and radio host Laura Knoy to talk about the current state of refugee resettlement in New Hampshire. The Exchange is New Hampshire's only locally produced statewide call-in talk show. [...]

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