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IIB Welcomes 31 New Americans from 19 Countries!

We were honored to have welcomed 31 New Americans from 19 countries while they took their citizenship oaths at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony in Buffalo this week. The Ceremony took place at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site downtown. The countries from which these new American citizens traveled are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Burma, Canada,…
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New Refugee Families Need Immediate Help!

Update: We are no longer holding open donation hours on site. To coordinate your drop offs please contact our Donations Coordinator Cara at: donations@iibuff.org or call (716)883-1900 extension 329. Next week we’re resettling a new refugee family of six. Arriving from Malaysia, the family includes a grandparent and three young children, ranging from three to eight years old. We are…
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Community World Trivia Returns! We are Looking for Sponsors and Teams!

Community World Trivia is an evening of fun, fueled by some friendly competition. Businesses, schools, and service providers from all across the region send teams of six to compete for the title of Buffalo’s Most Globally Smart. That may be a mouthful, but for the past 14 years, it has surely been a coveted prize. Community World Trivia is not…

A Statement from the International Institute of Buffalo’s Equity & Inclusion Committee:

At the International Institute of Buffalo, we welcome, connect and empower the foreign-born, provide trauma-informed care to refugee and immigrant survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence and encourage the region’s support for different cultures. This means we continually celebrate the diverse community created by our staff, board, clients, vendors and supporters. We work towards a future where all Western New Yorkers are free to lead full and productive lives.

We are an agency committed to human rights that works to improve the individual circumstances of our clients. We recognize that structural inequities disproportionately affect our clients.

As an equal opportunity employer, we stay true to our mission by ensuring that the Institute is a diverse and inclusive workplace where we welcome the unique contributions that our staff and board bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, creed, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, familial status, marital status, military status, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, color, religion, genetic characteristics, disability, domestic violence victim status, conviction status and beliefs. This includes fostering an inclusive and respectful work culture and proactively addressing bias and hostility within our organization through intentional dialogues, trainings, and community connection.

  • review hiring practices to aspire to achieve the diversity of our clients among our staff.
  • engage an internal committee to bring staff voices and expertise to conversations around Equity and Inclusion.
  • review vendors and purchasing to ensure that we attempt to support businesses operated by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
  • seek out and create partnerships with organizations led by BIPOC when feasible.
  • use our voice to advocate for the rights of our clients.
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