International Institute of Buffalo

International Institute of Buffalo Making WNY a better place for, and because of, immigrants & refugees. Founded in 1918. Services and Programs include: - International Exchanges & Global Education - Interpreting/Translation - Refugee Resettlement - Victim & Preventive Services

Making WNY a better place for, and because of, immigrants and refugees.

The domestic violence and human trafficking staff is excited to begin meeting in-person (safely and confidentially) with...
07/12/2020

The domestic violence and human trafficking staff is excited to begin meeting in-person (safely and confidentially) with survivors again! However, our stock of essential daily items that help survivors is running pretty low. Can we ask for your help to re-stock our most needed items?

You can donate easily through our Target registry, which can be found in our bio or here: https://buff.ly/2ACQSO9 (free shipping over 35 dollars!)

Our shipping address is:
International Institute of Buffalo
864 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209

If you or anyone you know is experience domestic violence or human trafficking, please reach out to our services (716-222-3890) between 9-5pm or use the 24 hour crisis hotline (716-834-3131) for help after hours.

As our Global Education department tries out new program ideas, we'd love to have your input! Take our short survey toda...
07/11/2020

As our Global Education department tries out new program ideas, we'd love to have your input! Take our short survey today and give your opinion on our new possible program!

Survey due date: 7/17!

https://forms.gle/p67YYicCvT5TqiUT6

07/10/2020
Learn German Part 2!

Learn Language with The Institute!

Twice a week we will be releasing simple language videos as a fun social distancing hobby that also brings you closer to the world!

Today's lesson is five phrases in German!

After learning 5 new phrases in German today, consider making a $5 donation to the International Institute of Buffalo below or in our profile.

Your donation will support services that welcome and integrate immigrants and refugees as well as help us serve survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.

Thank you for watching and stay tuned for more global language lessons! 🤓👨‍🏫💞

We hoped you enjoyed this simple language lesson courtesy of the International Institute of Buffalo. You just learned 5 new phrases in German today! Please c...

Why shop corporate when you can shop local and support our city as well as marginalized communities? .How you spend your...
07/10/2020

Why shop corporate when you can shop local and support our city as well as marginalized communities?
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How you spend your money is powerful! Take a look at our list of black or immigrant run businesses offering home goods, decorations, food supplies, clothing, and accessories!
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Share this list to support these businesses and comment others to help us grow the list ♥️

“Latinos account for 45% of coronavirus cases in North Carolina, where they make up only 10% of the population, accordin...
07/10/2020
Vulnerable US Latino Communities Hard Hit by COVID-19

“Latinos account for 45% of coronavirus cases in North Carolina, where they make up only 10% of the population, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. In the Latino and Native American town of Guadalupe, Arizona, residents are testing positive at more than four times the rate of the entire county. The ZIP code with the most COVID-19 cases in Maryland borders the nation’s capital and is majority Hispanic.

Honduran native Arely Martínez, who now lives in Baltimore, delayed medical help for two weeks after getting a fever and headache, struggling to breathe and losing her sense of smell. Lack of insurance, her immigration status and misinformation about the pandemic kept her home, but she finally went to the hospital and tested positive for COVID-19.”

Misinformation regarding health issues only increases the inequities faced by marginalized communities. We must not only seek to find truth, but to spread it to every community.

As the coronavirus spreads deeper across America, it’s ravaging through Latino communities from the suburbs of the nation’s capital to the farm fields of Florida to the sprawling suburbs of Phoenix…

And the trivia answer this week is….🔹A. Gertrude EderleIf you missed our world trivia question this Wednesday, you can p...
07/09/2020

And the trivia answer this week is….
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A. Gertrude Ederle
If you missed our world trivia question this Wednesday, you can play next Wednesday when we put out a new question! 🌍

Join us for our Medical Terminology Workshop!Enhance, expand, and refresh your knowledge of medical terminology that all...
07/09/2020

Join us for our Medical Terminology Workshop!

Enhance, expand, and refresh your knowledge of medical terminology that all interpreters must know while interpreting in a medical setting. This workshop is open to individuals of all levels of experience and expertise.

Date: Wednesday, July 15th
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Price: FREE
Location: Zoom, link to be provided 24 hours in advance.
Register Here: https://buff.ly/2ZuHTXP
Certificate to be provided by email after the training.

Questions? Contact Robert Thoren at [email protected] or 716-249-1234.

Community World Quest Trivia!🔸We had to postpone our trivia night: Community World Quest until the Fall, so we will be p...
07/08/2020

Community World Quest Trivia!🔸
We had to postpone our trivia night: Community World Quest until the Fall, so we will be posting a question each week to keep your trivia skills sharp! 🔸

Leave your best guess in the comments to our trivia question below! 🔸

Correct answer will be posted on Thursday! (No googling allowed!) 🧩🎉

“Ali Hekmat, who moved to Kayseri from the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan, in 2009, said he decided to take part in the vol...
07/08/2020
How Afghan refugees are helping Turkey fight coronavirus

“Ali Hekmat, who moved to Kayseri from the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan, in 2009, said he decided to take part in the volunteer work (of making masks) as a way to "give back" to Turkey and its people during the health crisis.

‘We were so warmly welcomed by the Turkish government and local people, we found shelter, we have jobs, our children can go to school, and it is time for us to give something back,’ the 35-year-old, who works as an architect, told Al Jazeera.

The refugees, some of them tailors, are using five sets of sewing machines to prepare the cloth masks. They are aiming to produce 30,000 masks by the end of the 30-day programme.

‘There was a shortage of masks. I wanted to use the refugees' talent and locally available fabric to show that we, refugees, can also contribute to the response of the pandemic and not just rely on assistance,’ Hekmat said.”

Afghan refugees in Turkey show their incredible skill and compassion during the pandemic. These wonderful warriors exemplify the incredible talent and passion immigrants and refugees possess as vital members of our communities! We must see refugees as the talented individuals they are and recognize their ability to give back to our communities.

UNHCR initiative sees Afghans in Kayseri produce 1,000 face masks a day and soap to aid hospitals and local community.

The domestic violence and human trafficking staff is excited to begin meeting in-person (safely and confidentially) with...
07/07/2020

The domestic violence and human trafficking staff is excited to begin meeting in-person (safely and confidentially) with survivors again! However, our stock of essential daily items that help survivors is running pretty low. Can we ask for your help to re-stock our most needed items?

You can donate easily through our Target registry, which can be found in our bio or here: https://buff.ly/2ACQSO9 (free shipping over 35 dollars!)

Our shipping address is:
International Institute of Buffalo
864 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209

If you or anyone you know is experience domestic violence or human trafficking, please reach out to our services (716-222-3890) between 9-5pm or use the 24 hour crisis hotline (716-834-3131) for help after hours.

We are so excited to announce our Board Chair, Katie Schneider and her husband, Jake Schneider have won the Buffalo Hist...
07/07/2020

We are so excited to announce our Board Chair, Katie Schneider and her husband, Jake Schneider have won the Buffalo History Museum's Red Jacket Award!

"The Red Jacket Award is given annually “in recognition of quiet, continued, unbroken devotion to civic progress.”

The impact of their businesses, Katie Schneider Photography and Schneider Architectural Services, as well as their countless philanthropic work, including the work they do with us, make them both Buffalo treasures!

We are happy to see @buffalohistorymuseum recognizing all that they do!

You can read the full article here :https://buff.ly/38wI5tM

Don't miss out on @devibollywood virtual kids dance workshop!Kids ages 6-11 can attend and learn to explore creativity t...
07/07/2020

Don't miss out on @devibollywood virtual kids dance workshop!

Kids ages 6-11 can attend and learn to explore creativity through movement!

We love Devi Bollywood's work and if we were young enough we would attend too 😂

Join us for our Medical Terminology Workshop!Enhance, expand, and refresh your knowledge of medical terminology that all...
07/07/2020

Join us for our Medical Terminology Workshop!

Enhance, expand, and refresh your knowledge of medical terminology that all interpreters must know while interpreting in a medical setting. This workshop is open to individuals of all levels of experience and expertise.

Date: Wednesday, July 15th
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Price: FREE
Location: Zoom, link to be provided 24 hours in advance.
Register Here: https://buff.ly/2ZuHTXP
Certificate to be provided by email after the training.

Questions? Contact Robert Thoren at [email protected] or 716-249-1234.

Come learn more about Community Interpreting with the International Institute of Buffalo! Our Virtual "Introduction to C...
07/06/2020

Come learn more about Community Interpreting with the International Institute of Buffalo!

Our Virtual "Introduction to Community Interpreting Training" will take place on July 8 from 1:00PM-4:00PM.

Interpreters need to be more than just multilingual. Please join the Institute to learn about Community Interpreting so we can strengthen intercultural bonds in our communities!"

You can register by card or PayPal through the Eventbrite link https://buff.ly/2ZpYTOV (also in our bio)! You will receive a Zoom invitation 24 hours in advance and we ask that you attempt to join 10 minutes prior to the event so we can begin on time. Contact [email protected] with any questions!

07/06/2020
Learn German Part 1!

Learn Language with The Institute!

Twice a week we will be releasing simple language videos as a fun social distancing hobby that also brings you closer to the world!

Today's lesson is five phrases in German!

After learning 5 new phrases in German today, consider making a $5 donation to the International Institute of Buffalo below or in our profile.

Your donation will support services that welcome and integrate immigrants and refugees as well as help us serve survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.

Thank you for watching and stay tuned for more global language lessons! 🤓👨‍🏫💞

We hoped you enjoyed this simple language lesson courtesy of the International Institute of Buffalo. You just learned 5 new phrases in German today! Please c...

"After spending much of my life working and playing in the outdoors, I’ve come to understand one thing. Throughout their...
07/06/2020
Here’s how national parks are working to fight racism

"After spending much of my life working and playing in the outdoors, I’ve come to understand one thing. Throughout their long history, the national parks have been a stark reflection of our national character. The policies of Jim Crow segregation were well established when President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the creation of the National Park Service on August 25, 1916. Those restrictive codes would remain in place at parks across the country through the end of World War II. Any Black travelers to campgrounds and picnic areas at public sites such as Rocky Mountain and Shenandoah National Parks might come across posted signs that read “For Whites Only.”

These long history of racism and exclusion towards what should be open to all is a sad part of history, however, national parks have begun to change this precedent saying, “The National Park Service commits to lead change and work against racism. Specifically, we will work together in building strategies and tools that effectively engage all communities so that we become better allies for inclusion, equity, and equality,” wrote NPS deputy director David Vela in a public statement on June 9. “We commit to doing a better job of listening and building a genuinely more inclusive environment both within the agency and with external communities.”

Efforts are underway to make the outdoors more inclusive. But many Black travelers are still cautious to embrace America’s ‘best idea.’

Come learn more about Community Interpreting with the International Institute of Buffalo! Our Virtual "Introduction to C...
07/04/2020

Come learn more about Community Interpreting with the International Institute of Buffalo!

Our Virtual "Introduction to Community Interpreting Training" will take place on July 8 from 1:00PM-4:00PM.

Interpreters need to be more than just multilingual. Please join the Institute to learn about Community Interpreting so we can strengthen intercultural bonds in our communities!"

You can register by card or PayPal through the Eventbrite link https://buff.ly/2ZpYTOV! You will receive a Zoom invitation 24 hours in advance and we ask that you attempt to join 10 minutes prior to the event so we can begin on time. Contact [email protected] with any questions!

As our Global Education department tries out new program ideas, we'd love to have your input! Take our short survey toda...
07/03/2020

As our Global Education department tries out new program ideas, we'd love to have your input! Take our short survey today and give your opinion on our new possible program!

Survey due date: 7/17!

https://forms.gle/p67YYicCvT5TqiUT6

07/03/2020
Learn Wolof Part 2!

Learn Language with The Institute!

Twice a week we will be releasing simple language videos as a fun social distancing hobby that also brings you closer to the world!

Today's lesson is five phrases in Wolof!

After learning 5 new phrases in Wolof today, consider making a $5 donation to the International Institute of Buffalo below or in our profile.

Your donation will support services that welcome and integrate immigrants and refugees as well as help us serve survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.

Thank you for watching and stay tuned for more global language lessons! 🤓👨‍🏫💞

We hoped you enjoyed this simple language lesson courtesy of the International Institute of Buffalo. You just learned 5 new phrases in Wolof today! Please co...

"A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of children held with their parents in U.S. immigration jails and denounc...
07/03/2020
Judge: U.S. must free migrant children from family detention

"A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of children held with their parents in U.S. immigration jails and denounced the Trump administration’s prolonged detention of families during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee’s order applies to children held for more than 20 days at three family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Some have been detained since last year.

Citing the recent spread of the virus in two of the three facilities, Gee set a deadline of July 17 for children to either be released with their parents or sent to family sponsors.

The family detention centers “are ‘on fire’ and there is no more time for half measures,” she wrote."

Detaining children is unforgivable at all times, but especially now when the conditions put these families at a high risk of infection. We stand with the judge that ordered the release of detainees and call for the rest of the nation to follow suit!

Citing the recent spread of the virus in two of the three facilities, the judge set a deadline of July 17 for children to either be released with their parents or sent to family sponsors.

"Come learn more about Community Interpreting with the International Institute of Buffalo! Our Virtual "Introduction to ...
07/02/2020

"Come learn more about Community Interpreting with the International Institute of Buffalo!

Our Virtual "Introduction to Community Interpreting Training" will take place on July 8 from 1:00PM-4:00PM.

Interpreters need to be more than just multilingual. Please join the Institute to learn about Community Interpreting so we can strengthen intercultural bonds in our communities!"

You can register by card or PayPal through the Eventbrite link https://buff.ly/2ZpYTOV! You will receive a Zoom invitation 24 hours in advance and we ask that you attempt to join 10 minutes prior to the event so we can begin on time. Contact [email protected] with any questions!"

And the trivia answer this week is….🔹C. KenyaIf you missed our world trivia question this Wednesday, you can play next W...
07/02/2020

And the trivia answer this week is….
🔹

C. Kenya
If you missed our world trivia question this Wednesday, you can play next Wednesday when we put out a new question! 🌍

It’s a common internet experience: throw a foreign phrase into Google Translate or any other online translation tool and...
07/02/2020
Google Says Google Translate Can’t Replace Human Translators. Immigration Officials Have Used It to Vet Refugees.

It’s a common internet experience: throw a foreign phrase into Google Translate or any other online translation tool and out comes a farcical approximation of the real thing.

That’s why many experts — even Google itself — caution against relying on the popular Google Translate for complex tasks. Google advises users that its machine translation service is not “intended to replace human translators.”

Repeat after us: GOOGLE does NOT replace human translators or interpreters!

Vetting refugees through an unreliable language app is not professional or logical. Our country must do better!

If you are in need of translating or interpreting services, please use a professional to protect yourself and those you are working with from misunderstandings! You can find out more about our interpreting and translation departments and request services here: https://iibuffalo.org/interpreting-and-translation/

Documents shared with ProPublica show that immigration officials have been told to vet refugees’ social media posts using Google Translate. Language experts caution even students against using the service.

Are you looking for staff development opportunities while working remotely? The International Exchanges and Education De...
07/02/2020

Are you looking for staff development opportunities while working remotely? The International Exchanges and Education Department provides a broad range of training opportunities to equip you to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds. The workshops explore strategies and processes for improving communication with people who may not speak English proficiently or may not share your cultural understandings. This includes, but is not limited to:

• Clients and customers
• Employees
• Business partners
• Students

We are continuing to offer these trainings remotely. To schedule a training and discuss fees, or for more information, please contact May Shogan, Director of International Exchanges and Education, at [email protected]

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While i was waiting in the waiting room of my appointment today, something scheduled to air on the television later tonight sparked my intrest. Channel WNED PBS, was set to air “Making Buffalo Home: A Refugee’s First Year”. Immediately, I scheduled the time tonight for 9p.m. on my phone so i would not miss it. Let’s just say, it was well worth it. It brought me back 20 years ago, when i first came to America. The International Institute of Buffalo, sponsered me and family to come here. Watching other families dealing with what i went through, it brought me back to all the orientations and job interviews along with the paths it took me, to get to where i am today. Especially, i will thank Denise Phillips Beehag, for having a huge impact of where i stand today and helping my family through it all. Her hard work is greatly appreciated than and now. I watched every single second of the segment and it gave me the nostalgic feeling along with almost bringing tears to my eyes. 37 days ago, marked the 20th anniversary of of stepping foot into the land of the free, that we all know as America. I even tell my kids all the time, that the desicion of migrating to America, was the best desicion i could have ever made. I only wish the best for the people that are currently dealing with everything i once was. I want to make sure they know that, even if you come to America with no knowlege of much English, and no clue of whats to come, know that nothing but these great people will be here to welcome you with open arms. God bless America.
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Would you have any use for old VHS movies? Someone suggested that they might be used to teach English.
Hi, can anyone donate me alittle baby cat please, I will appreciate alot. My email is [email protected]
This art is behind IIB. I took this photo on 03-24-2019. Any know who the artist is or the backstory?
The legend of "the White Woman of the Genesee," Mary Jemison -- a tale of settlers and Senecas, terror and mayhem, war and sorrow, family and perseverance -- is explored by the Niagara Frontier Heritage Project. Hear an audio vignette and read the full story at the WBFO 88.7 FM site: http://news.wbfo.org/post/heritage-moments-mary-jemison-seneca-nation-white-woman-genesee Read, listen, and tune in all this week on WBFO -- Mon. 12:39 pm (during "Here & Now"); Tue. 6:18p ("All Things Considered"); Wed. 4:48p ("ATC"); Thu. 6:18p ("ATC"); Sat. 8:18a ("Weekend Edition"); and Sun. 9:18a ("WE"). All of our NFHP Moments are here at the WBFO 88.7 FM site: http://news.wbfo.org/term/heritage-moments#stream/0 https://www.facebook.com/niagarafrontierheritage/
We thank all the humanitarian organizations in the United States that support refugees from all over the world by asking to increase the Preparation to 75,000 refugees . We ask your humanity to send our voices to the international community to know the suffering of refugees in countries . We ask the humanitarian organizations to make this request on their agenda and submit it to Congress and US Administration for the purpose of approval it . The additional security checks and the low number of staff working in the Immigration Department caused delays in refugee cases . In 2017 it was planned to accept 45,000 refugee but actually approved 18,000 . Refugees have been waiting a long time to broadcast their applications . We ask you to make this issue in the hands of officials and decision-makers in the American administration until it is actually implemented. This reduces the suffering of refugees and those who are looking for a safe life for themselves and their families.
The front page of the 2018 July issue of the Buffalo Latino Village ([email protected])
The Kinzua Dam flooded the homes and burial grounds of the Seneca Nation, breaking the promise of a 160-year-old treaty that had been affirmed by George Washington. Listen, and read the full story, at the WBFO-FM 88.7 website: http://news.wbfo.org/post/heritage-moments-kinzua-dam-and-broken-treaty-seneca-nation Read, listen, and tune in all this week on WBFO -- Mon. 12:39 pm (during "Here & Now"); Tue. 6:18p ("All Things Considered"); Wed. 4:48p ("ATC"); Thu. 6:18p ("ATC"); Sat. 8:18a ("Weekend Edition"); and Sun. 9:18a ("WE"). All of our Niagara Frontier Heritage Project Moments are here at the WBFO 88.7 FM site: http://news.wbfo.org/term/heritage-moments#stream/0 https://www.facebook.com/niagarafrontierheritage/
Buffalo Wire Works is hiring! Please stop by 1165 Clinton St. Buffalo, NY 14206, to apply.
Hello! We need an arabic interpreter to help out a patient in cheektowaga at a doctors office appt Can anyone help??? This coming week..the pay is good!