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World Refugee Day 2024

By Education, Events
At the International Institute of Buffalo, every day is World Refugee Day. Our mission is to welcome refugees, recognize their struggles, and work with them on their resettlement as they start a new chapter in their lives. Technically, June 20 is the day that the United Nations designated as World Refugee Day. It’s a time to pause and reflect on…
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May 2024 Newsletter

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  The latest from the International Institute of Buffalo in the form of our May 2024 Newsletter Get more information about: News on where we will be in the community from Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi The results of our Community World Trivia Competition! Our recognition of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Our recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month Welcoming…
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Heat Advisory: City of Buffalo Opens Cooling Centers, Extends Splash Pad Hours

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Buffalo officials have opened 12 cooling centers and extended hours at ten splash pads across the city. The announcement comes as temperatures are expected to soar into the high 80's and 90's throughout the week. Additionally, Buffalo Emergency Responders remind folks to limit outdoor activities during this hot spell, drink plenty of fluids, and utilize shade when possible. Those working…
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IIB Hosts Volunteer Appreciation Night

By Donations, Events, News
Recently, we honored our dedicated team of volunteers with an evening of lively conversation, dinner, and games. The Volunteer Appreciation Night recognized the considerable time, energy, and physical contributions provided by volunteers from across Western New York year-round. Volunteer Appreciation Night welcomed approximately 50 volunteers to our downtown location. They were joined by staff to enjoy ethnic foods provided by…
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IIB Welcomes 33 New Americans from 17 Countries!

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We were honored to welcome 33 New Americans from 17 countries while they took their citizenship oaths at the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony in downtown Buffalo this morning. Here are the countries from which these new American citizens traveled:  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, China, Eritrea, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Congo, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and Vietnam.…
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In Case You Missed it: IIB Talks New Executive Order on Immigration with WIVB-TV Channel 4

By Education, Media Mentions
In case you missed it, WIVB-TV Channel 4 recently asked Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi to discuss the Biden Administration’s new Executive Order on immigration. The order restricts access to asylum, which would take effect when U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions surpass a weekly average of 2,500 per day. The illegal crossings must go below a weekly average of 1,500 per day…
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County Clerk Drives Traffic to IIB With DMV Mobile Unit

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The Department of Motor Vehicles Mobile Unit recently joined our employment team to make applying and processing DMV paperwork easier and accessible for our clients. The new partnership seamlessly links our newly arrived refugee clients with DMV representatives to get various applications completed quickly and efficiently on-site. Many of the transactions offered at DMV brick-and-mortar locations can also be conducted…
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Donations Urgently Needed: New Refugee Families Arriving in June

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Update: We are no longer holding open donation hours on site. To coordinate your drop offs please contact our Donations Coordinator Cara at: or call (716)883-1900 extension 329. In June, we expect to resettle several new #refugee families. We'll also have several small and individual cases that are bound by limited funding. From bed linens and umbrellas, to large…
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