We make Western New York a better place for, and because, of immigrants and refugees.


We welcome, connect and empower the foreign born, and encourage the region’s support for different cultures.


The International Institute is honored to be part of Western New York’s long history of welcoming immigrants. Our 100 years of experience give us a unique perspective on the value of the region’s immigrant communities to Western New York.



Our vision is an inclusive multicultural Western New York that embraces all people.

We see our role as serving clients and as strenuous advocates for the foreign born.
We believe immigrants and refugees are critical to the resurgence of Western New York.

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New American

New American Integration supports the economic, civic and social integration of refugees and immigrants, and promotes collaboration and inclusive community building across Western New York.

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Survivor Support offers safe, free and confidential services for foreign-born people affected by domestic violence and human trafficking, and works to increase awareness of victimization.

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Interpreting and Translation

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Professional interpretation and translation services are available in more than 100 languages, with expertise in a variety of industries. Advocacy efforts support language access rights on a local and national scale.

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 International Exchanges and Education

The programs of the International Exchanges and Education Department aim to build bridges among the different cultures in WNY and the around world, by promoting understanding, sensitivity, and respect for one another.

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