Governor Hochul Announces Launch of NYS Institute for Immigration Integration Research & Policy

Rizzo-Choi Named to the Institute’s Advisory Board The New York State’s Institute for Immigration Integration Research & Policy will help immigrants transition to community life, further education, and the workforce. Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced its launch. The governor selected Jennifer Rizzo-Choi, Executive Director of the International Institute of Buffalo, as a member of the …
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High-Level Government Officials Discuss Refugees in WNY

The International Institute of Buffalo hosted a visit by the US Department of State’s Kiera Berdinner and Kristina Morelli, New York State Refugee Coordinator, to discuss issues ranging from the recent settlement of Afghan refugees in Western New York to community resettlement collaborations. Also participating were representatives from Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Jericho Road Community …
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Jennifer Rizzo-Choi Featured in TV News Story About Refugees

Recently, Kevin Jolly of WUTV Fox 29 News at Ten featured IIB Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi in a story about governors who transport refugees across state lines to cities that are more friendly to refugees and immigrants.  See that story here.


Urgent—Afghan Refugee Babies Need Your Help!

Some were born in the camps, some are days old. Without car seats, they can’t see doctors and go to other important appointments. We need at least ten. Can you purchase a car seat or booster for at least one of them? Click here to purchase at Target.  Click here to purchase at Amazon. More …
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Donate Your Old Winter Coats!

Buffalo winters can be brutal. Please help refugee families with your gently used winter coats. We’ll be here every workday to accept your donations of Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s Medium, Large, and X-Large coats. Email ghuerta@iibuff.org to arrange a drop off or call (716)883-1900.


Jennifer Rizzo-Choi Guests on On Target with Penny Wolfgang

In case you missed it, IIB Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi was a guest on the radio program, On Target with Penny Wolfgang to discuss issues of immigration and refugee settlement in Western New York. Take a listen!


IIB Celebrates Welcoming Day!

The International Institute of Buffalo, members of Buffalo’s refugee and immigrant community, Elected leaders, and others join for a ceremonial flag raising in Niagara Square, where he issued a proclamation in celebration of Welcoming Day, part of an annual celebration showcasing communities striving to be more welcoming places for all, including refugees and immigrants. Welcoming …
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International Institute of Buffalo Accepts Bike Donation at Robert Wilmers Ceremony

Photo: Mark Mulville/Buffalo News   The International Institute of Buffalo proudly accepted bike donations on behalf of the non-profit community during the Robert Wilmers Bike Dedication Ceremony in Buffalo today. After the dedication ceremony, employees of M&T Bank assembled 50 bikes, which the bank will donate to three area non-profit organizations to distribute to deserving kids …
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Statement by Jenny Rizzo-Choi,  Executive Director of the International Institute of Buffalo, on the Attack of Author Salman Rushdie

“The International Institute of Buffalo condemns the vicious attack on author and humanitarian, Salman Rushdie. Rushdie remains a champion of free speech. Over the decades, he was targeted by small minds who wished to silence him. Yet, he remained steadfast. His struggle underscores the struggle of others around the world. He is a human rights defender, advocating on the behalf …
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