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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!


We’re Updating Our Map for Adventurous Eaters!

We’re asking WNY foodies for help identifying local ethnic restaurants and international markets! To suggest a change to the map, go to Map for Adventurous Eaters Updates. The map lists ethnic restaurants and international food markets in Buffalo and its surrounding suburbs. “The Buffalo region is well-known for being a great place for food and …
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Great Decisions 2023 Updates: “Engage and learn About Foreign Policy from Leading Experts!

We’ve updated our list of dates and esteemed speakers for the 2023 Great Decisions series. Join the series of eight engaging foreign policy discussions introduced and facilitated by leading experts in Western New York. Audience members have the opportunity to participate in the Foreign Policy Association’s National Opinion Ballot. 2023 Topics Energy Geopolitics | War Crimes …
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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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Job Posting: Senior Case Manager- Human Trafficking Services

JOB TITLE:                          Senior Case Manager- Human Trafficking Services PROGRAM:                        Survivor Support Services Department; Human Trafficking Services Program SUPERVISOR:                    Coordinator, Human Trafficking Specialized Services WORKING HOURS:          40 hours per week QUALIFICATIONS:            Education: BS/BSW or related field and combination of experience in social work or human services area required. MS/MSW or related field preferred. …
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Job Posting: Community Outreach Manager

JOB TITLE:                        Community Outreach Manager DEPARTMENT:                 Administration SUPERVISOR:                   Assistant Director of Grants & Outreach WORKING HOURS:          Full-time – 40 hours per week, flexible QUALIFICATIONS:            Education:         BA preferred, relevant work experience may substitute for education requirement Experience:        Minimum 2 years’ experience supervising a staff …
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Job Posting: Donations Coordinator   

JOB TITLE:                Donations Coordinator DEPARTMENT:         Administration SUPERVISOR:           Community Outreach Manager WORKING HOURS:  Full-time – 40 hours per week, flexible   QUALIFICATIONS:            Education:   There are no education requirements.           Experience:  This is an entry level position with IIB. No prior experience is …
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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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Volunteer to Help Immigrants and Refugees!

Help refugees and immigrants in Buffalo! Join our virtual volunteer information session to learn how you can make a difference to new Americans in Western New York. Our next Zoom session is Tuesday, 1/31/23 at 6 p.m. You can join at this link: https://bit.ly/IIB-Vol


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.