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.

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HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who joined us last weekend for our A Walk in Their Words meet up at Five Points Bakery! You c...
06/21/2021

HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who joined us last weekend for our A Walk in Their Words meet up at Five Points Bakery!

You can still listen to the 18 refugee stories from around NYS while supporting our services by registering at www.awalkintheirwords.org/register

HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who joined us last weekend for our A Walk in Their Words meet up at Five Points Bakery!

You can still listen to the 18 refugee stories from around NYS while supporting our services by registering at www.awalkintheirwords.org/register

We are so proud to have been a community partner for United Way of Buffalo & Erie County's 21-Day Racial Equity Challeng...
06/21/2021
The WNY 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge - United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

We are so proud to have been a community partner for United Way of Buffalo & Erie County's 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge!

Join us in taking this challenge as we learn how to build a more equitable Erie County!

Learn more and register here:

United Way brings people, organizations, and resources together to create systemic change.

Happy Father's day to all, especially the survivor and refugee fathers who risk everything for their families.Today we'r...
06/20/2021

Happy Father's day to all, especially the survivor and refugee fathers who risk everything for their families.

Today we're highlighting one of our caseworkers Kham's father, Gin Khen Pau, a refugee from Burma who spent almost 10 years working to bring his family back together in Buffalo. Since then, Gin has spent his life seeking safety and opportunity for all of his children.

Kham, a recent graduate of Buff State, with a Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management and a Case Manager at the Institute says, "My dad is the most entertaining person and very calm."

This father's day consider donating to our services, the same ones that resettled Gin and countless other fathers who take tremendous risks and work tirelessly for a better future for their family.

You can also listen to Kham and Gin's and Kham's mother, Cin, tell their refugee story by registering for A Walk in their Words: awalkintheirwords.org/register

Happy Father's day to all, especially the survivor and refugee fathers who risk everything for their families.

Today we're highlighting one of our caseworkers Kham's father, Gin Khen Pau, a refugee from Burma who spent almost 10 years working to bring his family back together in Buffalo. Since then, Gin has spent his life seeking safety and opportunity for all of his children.

Kham, a recent graduate of Buff State, with a Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management and a Case Manager at the Institute says, "My dad is the most entertaining person and very calm."

This father's day consider donating to our services, the same ones that resettled Gin and countless other fathers who take tremendous risks and work tirelessly for a better future for their family.

You can also listen to Kham and Gin's and Kham's mother, Cin, tell their refugee story by registering for A Walk in their Words: awalkintheirwords.org/register

Join us for our A Walk In Their Words celebration TOMORROW at Five Points Bakery and get a FREE coffee (registrants only...
06/18/2021

Join us for our A Walk In Their Words celebration TOMORROW at Five Points Bakery and get a FREE coffee (registrants only).

For a minimum donation of $30 you can access these resilient stories and learn more about our refugee neighbors! Find our premade routes here: https://iibuffalo.org/awitw/

Register today and make sure to choose IIB as your recipient organization for the donation! https://www.awalkintheirwords.org/register

Join us for our A Walk In Their Words celebration TOMORROW at Five Points Bakery and get a FREE coffee (registrants only).

For a minimum donation of $30 you can access these resilient stories and learn more about our refugee neighbors! Find our premade routes here: https://iibuffalo.org/awitw/

Register today and make sure to choose IIB as your recipient organization for the donation! https://www.awalkintheirwords.org/register

The International Institute will be closed today to recognize the federal holiday of Juneteenth, tomorrow on June 19th, ...
06/18/2021

The International Institute will be closed today to recognize the federal holiday of Juneteenth, tomorrow on June 19th, which is a day that celebrates the emancipation of African-Americans who had been enslaved in the United States.

The history of Juneteenth and the implication of what true freedom means is a complex and developing issue. We celebrate Juneteenth as a symbol of hope and progression, with a recognition that so much more has to be done to reach equity in our country.

You can learn more about the full history of Juneteenth by listening to Lettie Shumate, a black historian, who explains the events leading up Juneteenth, the misunderstandings, and how it relates to current day: https://buff.ly/3q0pI9i

To commemorate the holiday, please consider donating to our Survivor Support program, where 30% of our clients are Black Americans healing from domestic violence or human trafficking.

The International Institute will be closed today to recognize the federal holiday of Juneteenth, tomorrow on June 19th, which is a day that celebrates the emancipation of African-Americans who had been enslaved in the United States.

The history of Juneteenth and the implication of what true freedom means is a complex and developing issue. We celebrate Juneteenth as a symbol of hope and progression, with a recognition that so much more has to be done to reach equity in our country.

You can learn more about the full history of Juneteenth by listening to Lettie Shumate, a black historian, who explains the events leading up Juneteenth, the misunderstandings, and how it relates to current day: https://buff.ly/3q0pI9i

To commemorate the holiday, please consider donating to our Survivor Support program, where 30% of our clients are Black Americans healing from domestic violence or human trafficking.

"The trauma of displacement may negatively affect the physical, mental and emotional health of both students and educato...
06/17/2021
Support needed to offset trauma of displaced students

"The trauma of displacement may negatively affect the physical, mental and emotional health of both students and educators, UB research has found.

The researchers recommend that schools implement alternatives to standardized tests for resettled students to graduate, develop new policies to confront gender-based violence and sexual trauma, provide support to school staff to prevent educator burnout, and increase multilingual and mental health support staff."

The trauma that refugees face on their journey does not disappear once they reach their destination. Schools can be an outlet and resource for refugee students working through trauma, but these services cannot work if they are not accessible; meaning they must be multilingual and they must be thoughtful in the way that they help refugee students-- full article below!

UB researchers suggest portfolio assessments as an alternative to standardized tests for resettled students to graduate.

Last year brought an intense upset to refugee resettlement, from the damage caused by the prior administration to the  r...
06/17/2021

Last year brought an intense upset to refugee resettlement, from the damage caused by the prior administration to the resettlement system, to the limitations of the pandemic, we could not resettle any individuals and countless cases were left unheard, countless families left separated.

We are beyond grateful to announce that the tide has turned, and we are finally receiving families again. Currently, we have a young woman and another small family reunifying with their family members who were settled through the institute a few years ago. Both of these cases were approved last year, then put on hold; forcing the families to go another year without seeing each other.

Now the families can finally be together again, and not have to worry about the safety and journey of half their loved ones. We want these families to worry less about furnishing homes and stocking cleaning supplies, and more about catching up and feeling secure in their family unit!
However, with the long year of no arrivals, our stockpile of certain donations is very low and everything we can't get donated will have to come out of the family's limited budget. Can you help us prepare for the numerous cases like these we have on the horizon? Anything you donate off our Amazon Wishlist from mops to fans to clocks helps each family tremendously: https://a.co/flW60gh

*Please fill out your name on the Amazon site in order to receive a specialized thank you from the Institute!

Last year brought an intense upset to refugee resettlement, from the damage caused by the prior administration to the resettlement system, to the limitations of the pandemic, we could not resettle any individuals and countless cases were left unheard, countless families left separated.

We are beyond grateful to announce that the tide has turned, and we are finally receiving families again. Currently, we have a young woman and another small family reunifying with their family members who were settled through the institute a few years ago. Both of these cases were approved last year, then put on hold; forcing the families to go another year without seeing each other.

Now the families can finally be together again, and not have to worry about the safety and journey of half their loved ones. We want these families to worry less about furnishing homes and stocking cleaning supplies, and more about catching up and feeling secure in their family unit!
However, with the long year of no arrivals, our stockpile of certain donations is very low and everything we can't get donated will have to come out of the family's limited budget. Can you help us prepare for the numerous cases like these we have on the horizon? Anything you donate off our Amazon Wishlist from mops to fans to clocks helps each family tremendously: https://a.co/flW60gh

*Please fill out your name on the Amazon site in order to receive a specialized thank you from the Institute!

We are hiring a Director of Programs!The Director of Programs (DOP) will collaborate with the Executive Director, Financ...
06/16/2021

We are hiring a Director of Programs!

The Director of Programs (DOP) will collaborate with the Executive Director, Finance Director, and Development/Communications Director to ensure alignment with mission in all programs throughout the International Institute, as well as the achievement of the Institute’s strategic goals.

Find more information and apply here: https://iibuffalo.org/careers/

We are hiring a Director of Programs!

The Director of Programs (DOP) will collaborate with the Executive Director, Finance Director, and Development/Communications Director to ensure alignment with mission in all programs throughout the International Institute, as well as the achievement of the Institute’s strategic goals.

Find more information and apply here: https://iibuffalo.org/careers/

“Transnational human smuggling and trafficking networks pose a serious criminal threat. These networks not only seek to ...
06/15/2021

“Transnational human smuggling and trafficking networks pose a serious criminal threat. These networks not only seek to profit from the exploitation of migrants, but also routinely expose them to violence, injury, and even death,” Attorney General Merrick Garland wrote in a memo to U.S. attorneys on Monday.

Since October of last year, DHS has rescued more than 4,000 migrants at the southwest border who were abandoned by smugglers."

The new Joint Task Force will work to lower these numbers and hold dangerous smugglers accountable, in an attempt to protect those who are manipulated by them. While the task force is a start, it is not a full solution. Individuals will continue to rely on smuggling and other dangerous tactics to cross the border in desperation until we create a functioning and humane system of immigration.

“Transnational human smuggling and trafficking networks pose a serious criminal threat. These networks not only seek to profit from the exploitation of migrants, but also routinely expose them to violence, injury, and even death,” Attorney General Merrick Garland wrote in a memo to U.S. attorneys on Monday.

Since October of last year, DHS has rescued more than 4,000 migrants at the southwest border who were abandoned by smugglers."

The new Joint Task Force will work to lower these numbers and hold dangerous smugglers accountable, in an attempt to protect those who are manipulated by them. While the task force is a start, it is not a full solution. Individuals will continue to rely on smuggling and other dangerous tactics to cross the border in desperation until we create a functioning and humane system of immigration.

We are ecstatic to announce that the Institute is growing! Due to additional grant funding and programming awards, as we...
06/15/2021

We are ecstatic to announce that the Institute is growing! Due to additional grant funding and programming awards, as well as a marked increase in refugee arrivals, The International Institute of Buffalo has several immediate positions available covering different program areas!

Visit iibuffalo.org/careers to learn more information and apply!

Please note: qualified applications from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, in particular those from the New American Community.

We are ecstatic to announce that the Institute is growing! Due to additional grant funding and programming awards, as well as a marked increase in refugee arrivals, The International Institute of Buffalo has several immediate positions available covering different program areas!

Visit iibuffalo.org/careers to learn more information and apply!

Please note: qualified applications from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, in particular those from the New American Community.

We are beyond excited to welcome an Afghani family of four to Buffalo THIS WEEK!This family, a husband and wife, have a ...
06/14/2021

We are beyond excited to welcome an Afghani family of four to Buffalo THIS WEEK!

This family, a husband and wife, have a three-year-old daughter and six-year-old son, who have already been braver than any child should have to be, cannot wait to start school in Buffalo and work on their English skills!

The process of refugee resettlement is difficult and boggled down with endless amounts of paperwork, interviews, and procedures. However, when a family is approved everything moves fairly quickly, meaning we often don't have much time to prepare the apartment for our family!

Anything you donate off of our Amazon Wishlist goes DIRECTLY to making these families feel comfortable and welcomed as they arrive to our city. And everything we cannot get donated must come out of the family's limited budget, meaning they will have less to spend on groceries, bus passes, and other necessities. You can find our Amazon list here: https://buff.ly/31BJJqV

We are beyond excited to welcome an Afghani family of four to Buffalo THIS WEEK!

This family, a husband and wife, have a three-year-old daughter and six-year-old son, who have already been braver than any child should have to be, cannot wait to start school in Buffalo and work on their English skills!

The process of refugee resettlement is difficult and boggled down with endless amounts of paperwork, interviews, and procedures. However, when a family is approved everything moves fairly quickly, meaning we often don't have much time to prepare the apartment for our family!

Anything you donate off of our Amazon Wishlist goes DIRECTLY to making these families feel comfortable and welcomed as they arrive to our city. And everything we cannot get donated must come out of the family's limited budget, meaning they will have less to spend on groceries, bus passes, and other necessities. You can find our Amazon list here: https://buff.ly/31BJJqV

A Walk in their Words stories are LIVE!Register now to listen to 18 refugee stories, from Chobani Founder and CEO, Hamdi...
06/14/2021

A Walk in their Words stories are LIVE!

Register now to listen to 18 refugee stories, from Chobani Founder and CEO, Hamdi to one of our case workers at the Institute, learn more about our refugee neighbors while supporting the services that uplift them!

Register here: www.awalkintheirwords.org/register

A Walk in their Words stories are LIVE!

Register now to listen to 18 refugee stories, from Chobani Founder and CEO, Hamdi to one of our case workers at the Institute, learn more about our refugee neighbors while supporting the services that uplift them!

Register here: www.awalkintheirwords.org/register

Registration for A Walk in their Words is open! For a minimum donation of $30 you can access these resilient stories and...
06/13/2021

Registration for A Walk in their Words is open!

For a minimum donation of $30 you can access these resilient stories and learn more about our refugee neighbors!

Everyone who raises $30 or more will get a free Institute water bottle and if you donate $50 or more you’ll get an Institute Swag Bag. Sign up as an individual or a team: https://www.awalkintheirwords.org/register

Registration for A Walk in their Words is open!

For a minimum donation of $30 you can access these resilient stories and learn more about our refugee neighbors!

Everyone who raises $30 or more will get a free Institute water bottle and if you donate $50 or more you’ll get an Institute Swag Bag. Sign up as an individual or a team: https://www.awalkintheirwords.org/register

Buffalo Neighbors:We need your help. We are expecting many arrivals this summer. We already have arrivals for the month ...
06/12/2021

Buffalo Neighbors:
We need your help. We are expecting many arrivals this summer. We already have arrivals for the month of June and we are in need of safe and affordable housing.

We are looking for rentals in the city, Riverside, Cheektowaga, Kenmore , and other areas accessible by bus.

The Institute works with our clients on home care and maintenance, we pay security deposit and 1st and sometimes second month rent through a federal program, and we work with our clients on finding employment and setting up bank accounts and doing personal budgeting,

If you know of any rental properties (specifically 2-4 bedrooms) with rent that is under between 650 - 850 per month, please email [email protected].

Buffalo Neighbors:
We need your help. We are expecting many arrivals this summer. We already have arrivals for the month of June and we are in need of safe and affordable housing.

We are looking for rentals in the city, Riverside, Cheektowaga, Kenmore , and other areas accessible by bus.

The Institute works with our clients on home care and maintenance, we pay security deposit and 1st and sometimes second month rent through a federal program, and we work with our clients on finding employment and setting up bank accounts and doing personal budgeting,

If you know of any rental properties (specifically 2-4 bedrooms) with rent that is under between 650 - 850 per month, please email [email protected].

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Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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Good Morning, I am currently recruiting for several positions at a plant locally here in Buffalo. The pay and benefits are exceptional for an entry level position, and the facility is on a bus route. Day shift (7am-3:30pm) and starting at $14-15/hr!
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/