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29 06, 2020

A collaboration between local organizations has brought fresh produce each week to the kitchens of newcomer families in Lowell, Massachusetts.

2020-06-29T16:48:40+00:00June 29th, 2020|

The International Institute of New England officially suspended all its in-person services on March 13. Ever since, we have been working tirelessly and creatively to continue to support our immigrant and refugee communities. We had to adapt to these unprecedented circumstances and keep providing the critical employment, case management, and legal immigration services we have been providing for more than [...]

23 06, 2020

IINE Statement on June 22, 2020 Presidential Proclamation Temporarily Suspending Entry of Certain Immigrants into the United States

2020-06-23T21:50:04+00:00June 23rd, 2020|

On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending the entry of certain nonimmigrant workers and their family members. The order directly impacts the following nonimmigrant workers: H-1B: Specialty Occupations H-2B: Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers J-1: Exchange Visitors (interns, trainees, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs, and summer work travel programs) L-1: Intracompany Transferees This [...]

18 06, 2020

IINE Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling to Block Trump from Ending DACA

2020-06-18T20:54:08+00:00June 18th, 2020|

Today, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration from cancelling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This ruling is a victory not only for dreamers but for all immigrants nationwide. We stand with every dreamer and every family whose lives have been impacted for the past three years. We are thrilled and [...]

12 06, 2020

IINE and Black Lives Matter

2020-06-12T17:24:19+00:00June 12th, 2020|

Recently we made the decision to update two of our blog posts, which we wrote on June 1 and June 2 in response to the murder of George Floyd by a police officer. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge that at the time of the postings, we did not explicitly express solidarity [...]

8 05, 2020

Three generations now thriving in Nashua: Kanyere and Frediana

2020-05-08T20:53:07+00:00May 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, [...]

7 05, 2020

Seeing Success in the Crisis: How IINE clients are a source of inspiration

2020-05-07T18:16:32+00:00May 7th, 2020|

By Emma Tobin Managing Director, IINE-Lowell Seven weeks ago, the IINE community in Lowell faced an enormous challenge: the families we serve were disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic but we could no longer provide them with critical services, face to face, as we’ve done for 102 years. We knew we needed to adapt [...]

27 04, 2020

Ms. Emily Hood, In Memoriam

2020-04-28T14:46:01+00:00April 27th, 2020|

IINE recently learned of the death of a longtime supporter, Ms. Emily Hood. She served as a member of the board of directors of the International Institute of Boston in the 1980s and early 1990s. A resident of the Boston area, Ms. Hood had a long career as a professional office administrator. By [...]

15 02, 2020

IINE Celebrates International Women’s Day by Honoring Local Immigrant Women Leaders on March 6

2020-04-21T19:38:01+00:00February 15th, 2020|

BOSTON – The International Institute of New England (IINE) will lead the local iteration of a global movement with their 16th annual International Women’s Day celebration. As a means to honor the achievements of immigrant women in Boston, a breakfast celebration will be held on March 6 at the Westin Boston Waterfront. This [...]

5 02, 2020

IINE Statement on the Expanded Travel Ban

2020-04-21T19:38:02+00:00February 5th, 2020|

Last week, President Trump announced the expansion of the unjust and xenophobic Travel Ban policy. Effective February 22, new restrictions will apply to immigrants from Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. This expanded policy will forever impact families within the IINE community. The International Institute is privileged to be [...]

27 11, 2019

Witness to a true “Melting Pot,” IINE from a newcomer’s perspective

2020-04-21T19:38:04+00:00November 27th, 2019|

The Golden Door Award Gala from a Newcomer's Perspective by Sarra Briki, Marketing & Communications Intern International Institute of New England This past week, I had the honor of attending the International Institute of New England’s (IINE) 38th Golden Door Award Gala honoring Dr. Joseph E. Aoun, President of Northeastern University. I never expected [...]