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26 03, 2020

Everyone Has A Suitcase Story

2020-04-21T19:37:59-04:00March 26th, 2020|

By Cheryl Hamilton, Suitcase Stories Director “I am not sure I have a story.” This is often the response when I speak with someone about participating in Suitcase Stories®, a signature program of the International Institute of New England. Suitcase Stories is how we explore storytelling through the lens of migration. We believe that [...]

27 06, 2017

IINE CEO Jeff Thielman’s response to U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the President’s Travel Ban

2022-03-11T11:46:07-05:00June 27th, 2017|

The Supreme Court’s decision on Monday means prolonged suffering for many refugees approved by the U.S. government to find haven in America. Sadly, people who have suffered trauma, lived in camps for years, and followed all the rules of the U.S. refugee processing system will either not be able to enter for at least another [...]

25 06, 2017

On World Refugee Day, We Stand #WithRefugees

2022-04-06T09:20:36-04:00June 25th, 2017|

By Jillian Woodgate, IINE Marketing and Communications Intern What is World Refugee Day? On June 20th, World Refugee Day was recognized in different ways across the globe. Initially established in 2000 by the United Nations, World Refugee Day aims to commemorate the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees worldwide. It also exists to [...]

13 06, 2017

Refugees Waiting and Hoping in Jordan

2022-03-11T11:44:38-05:00June 13th, 2017|

By Cheryl Hamilton, IINE Director of Partner Engagement In the language of refugee resettlement, there are two kinds of cases: free cases and tie cases. In free cases, refugee individuals or families do not have any immediate relatives in the United States. Alternatively, tie cases are often when new Americans reunite with loved ones. As [...]

21 06, 2017

What Would You Risk?

2022-03-11T11:43:44-05:00June 21st, 2017|

Imagine being faced with a terrible choice – risk persecution, imprisonment, and torture, or leave behind everything you’ve ever known for a slim chance at safety? What would you do, if your survival was at stake? Every day across the world, people like you and me are forced to flee their homelands because of violence and [...]

29 05, 2017

Fostering Friendships over Food

2022-03-11T11:38:37-05:00May 29th, 2017|

IINE-Lowell and local community groups unite residents and newcomers at shared dinners. On Jan. 24, 2017, Lowell community members and three newly- arrived Congolese families gathered for a meal at IINE-Lowell’s site office. The potluck meal was hosted by the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Khalil Abdo’s smile disguises the difficult [...]

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