In yet another year in which refugees and immigrants – and those who serve them – were under attack from many forces, IINE made a significant difference in the lives of 1,799 refugees and immigrants.
Our major accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018) include:
- We resettled 197 refugees who survived desperate situations in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Syria, and Afghanistan.
- IINE served 583 refugees and immigrants in our English language programs.
- Since 2014, our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program, offered in Boston, earned the highest rating – Tier 1 – from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
- We provided skills training and job readiness services to 613 417 refugees and immigrants. In FY18, 76% of clients who arrived between October and September received their first job placement within 6 months of arrival.
- IINE graduated 67 students from our intensive vocational training programs. Each year, more than 80% of clients in these skills training programs receive job placements within six months of completing the program. Graduates secured jobs that paid more than their previous positions, and they entered industries with opportunities for advancement.
- We operate the largest program in Greater Boston reuniting Central American children and their families. The work includes helping unaccompanied children reunite with their parents, as well as an Affidavit of Relationship program in which parents petition to bring family members to the United States through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program. Last year, we reunited 174 unaccompanied Central American children with their families.
- In 2018, 132 people volunteered at IINE’s three offices, and nearly 3,000 people attended our events and Suitcase Stories® performances.