We serve Refugees, Asylees, Victims of Human Trafficking, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Special Interest Visa holders, Central American children and families, and other immigrants in various statuses. Below is a definition of each category and the number of clients served by IINE in Fiscal Year 2018:
- Refugees – The Institute resettled 197 refugees in Fiscal Year 2018 and provided employment and case management services to 624 refugees. A refugee is someone living outside of his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return to that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution. Each refugee arrives in the U.S. with a refugee visa and is eligible to work and receive public benefits. After one year, refugees can adjust to lawful permanent status, and after five years, they are eligible for citizenship.
- Asylees – IINE served 124 asylees in Fiscal Year 2017. An asylee is someone who received the equivalent of refugee status by a court within the U.S. instead of overseas.
- Special Immigrant Visa Holders (SIVs) – Our team served 101 Special Interest Visa holders in FY2017. SIVs hold special visas for providing translation and other services to U.S. forces and government officials in Afghanistan and Iraq. The United States grants SIVs a green card upon their arrival.
- Cuban and Haitian Entrants – IINE served 132 Cuban and Haitian entrants in Fiscal Year 2018. The U.S. grants Haitian entrants parole status when they enter the country, meaning they may stay in the U.S. while they apply for asylum. They are eligible for many refugee services while they are on parole status.
- Central American Children and Families – IINE reunited 174 Central American minors with families in Greater Boston in FY2018 through our Central American Minor Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) and Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) programs. The federal government established the AOR program in 2014 to assist people fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. In many cases, parents left these countries years ago, found work in the United States, and sent money home to care for their children, who were often in the custody of grandparents. Many of the parents have Temporary Protective Status (TPS).
- Victims of Human Trafficking – IINE provided services to 4Victims of Human Trafficking (VoTs) in FY18. The 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) authorizes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to certify foreign national survivors of labor and sex trafficking, making them eligible for public benefits to the same extent as refugees.
- Immigrants of Various Statuses – IINE serves a wide variety of immigrants with different legal statuses. Many immigrants participate in our English and job training programs.