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“Nothing is ever easy until you have done it.” Lessons from the Hospitality Training Program in Boston

2019-08-26T18:08:03+00:00August 26th, 2019|

Graduation Speech by Leonardo Fermin, Hospitality Training Program Hello everyone, thank you for being here today. My name is Leonardo Fermin. I am originally from Venezuela and I would like to start by telling you a little bit about myself. Being in Venezuela, I had the opportunity to complete high school and continue on [...]

Information for immigrant families: Public Charge policy changes start October 15, 2019

2019-10-08T13:32:52+00:00August 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 [...]

IINE Statement on Public Charge Policy changes

2019-08-14T13:50:23+00:00August 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 [...]

Meet Hailu: one of our newest citizens

2019-07-25T14:40:33+00:00July 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 [...]

A message from the President & CEO: Here’s why we should fight the Trump Administration’s proposed policy

2019-07-18T14:08:06+00:00July 18th, 2019|

A message from IINE CEO, Jeff Thielman, on new federal guidelines released this week "A well-founded fear of persecution." Since 1951, that phrase has been the global standard for asylum-seekers desperate for a safe future. “Fear of persecution” is a lawyerly way of generalizing warfare, gang violence, discrimination, genocide, corruption, racism, and religious and [...]

Family Reunification Program Overview

2019-06-28T19:01:42+00:00June 28th, 2019|

Sometimes migrant families travel to the U.S. border together, but very often children travel alone and cross the U.S. border in search of safety and reunification with a family member in the U.S. Since 2011, the International Institute of New England has helped unaccompanied minor children by providing the support and resources they need [...]

Meet Sofie

2019-06-28T18:57:30+00:00June 27th, 2019|

A graduate of Boston College (BA) and UMass Boston (MA), Sofie Suter works in IINE’s Boston office as the Program Officer for the Central American Unaccompanied Children's Program. Her job and department are unique because her clients are children, with whom she works for short, intensive period of time while they are first reunifying [...]