USCIS Now Translates Asylum Instructions in Dari and Pashto

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has added instructions in both Dari and Pashto, in addition to English, for Afghan nationals who are applying for asylum in the U.S. The agency is fast-tracking asylum applications for Afghan nationals paroled under Operation Allies Welcome. You may apply for asylum if you have been persecuted or fear that …
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Jennifer Rizzo-Choi Speaks at Explore Buffalo’s 2023 Community Cultural Speaker Series

On Wednesday, February 1st, at 7:00 pm on Zoom! Admission is free! Click for more details. Jennifer Rizzo-Choi, executive director of the International Institute of Buffalo, will discuss the organization’s role in making Western New York a better place for and because of immigrants and refugees since 1918. She will explore how immigrants and refugees …
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January 2023 Newsletter

The latest and the greatest information from the International Institute of Buffalo in the form of our January 2023 Newsletter!


19,664 Thank Yous!

The final tally of our Gifts for Good Neighbors program realized $19,664.43 in gifts and gift cards to 144 of our clients!  Before the holidays, we asked Western New York to sponsor one of our families, including refugees and survivors from Afghanistan, Burma, Congo, Guatemala, Iraq, Rwanda, Somalia, Syria, Tanzania, and Thailand. Volunteers got to …
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Popular Bills Fan Hats Crafted by Local Refugees

  We are thrilled to see the spotlight shining on our friends over at Stitch Buffalo. The Buffalo News recently featured the refugee women who craft the popular Water Buffalo Club 716 hats regularly seen on gamedays and around Western New York.  


IIB in the Media: Times Union, Albany

Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi spoke to Albany’s Times Union newspaper about resourcing refugee resettlement on the heels of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s State of the State address.  Find that story here.


IIB in the Media: The Buffalo News

Executive Director Jennifer-Rizzo Choi’s recent comments in the Buffalo News emphasize continued political exploitation of unprepared migrants bussed from Texas to Washington D.C., in dangerous winter conditions. More on why the country would do well taking a page from Western New York’s playbook.


IIB in the Media! Spectrum News Buffalo

Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi spoke to Spectrum News recently, to discuss preparations for a potential influx of migrants from New York City.  Click here to watch the story.  


IIB in the Media! Spectrum News Buffalo

Spectrum News 1 sat down with Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi to discuss our key role in advocating local governments for expanded access to language services. Click here to watch the story.