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Jennifer Rizzo-Choi to Present at Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

By Education, Events, In the Community
IIB Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi will discuss the issue of immigration during Theodore Roosevelt's lifetime, dispel some of the persisting myths about immigrants, and underscore the positive impacts that New Americans have had in Western New York. She will also break down the important work of assisting newly arrived Americans in our community. The presentation is part of the Theodore…
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Chautauqua County Sherriff James Quattrone speaks at The Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force conference on Human Trafficking, co-sponsored by the International Institute of Buffalo

Task Force Kicks Off Human Trafficking Prevention Month with Training Conference in Jamestown

By Education, In the Community, News, Survive Support
Photo Credit Barbara Burns (USANYW) The Western District of New York Trafficking Task Force, of which the International Institute of Buffalo is part, kicked off a series of training conferences aimed at educating law enforcement, the legal community, and non-government organizations that provide services to victims and survivors of human trafficking. The conference covered a victim-centered approach to identifying, investigating,…
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Accuweather Features IIB’s Expanded Winter Weather Prep Instructions

By Education, In the Community, Media Mentions
Photo Credit: Bill Wadell, AccuWeather A national weather-centric media service featured the International Institute of Buffalo's efforts to help New Americans adequately prepare for Western New York's winters. AccuWeather featured Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi, who emphasized the importance of access to lifesaving information, including for those who may not speak English. "The fact of Buffalo in the winter is the…
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Buffalo News Features Nepalese Delegation Hosted by IIB

By In the Community, Media Mentions, News
Photo Credit: Libby March, Buffalo News The Buffalo News recently featured the Nepalese officials we recently hosted in Western New York. It's one of many international delegations we coordinate annually, part of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The stop in Western New York was one of the group's three across the country. The group focused on…
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Upwardly Global Features IIB’s Professional Pathways Program

By Education, In the Community

Upwardly Global, a national program that promotes the hiring of immigrants and refugees, put our successful Professional Pathways program in the spotlight!  Sponsored by the NYS Office of New Americans, Professional Pathways helps high-skilled refugees and immigrants re-enter their careers or continue in higher education. Our partnership with Upwardly Global bolsters our mission, providing additional expertise and services.  Denise Beehag,…

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Gilbane’s EmpoWer Initiative Helps Brighten Season for Newly Arrived Refugee Family

By Donations, In the Community
Representatives from Gilbane Building Company recently stopped by our Delaware Avenue location this week to brighten the season for a New American Family. They dropped off a large gift package with multiple snow shovels, a vacuum, blankets, and a television. It's all part of our Gifts for Good Neighbors program to help our city's newest neighbors integrate into the community…
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IIB Supports Increased Language Access in New York State

By I/T Service Update, In the Community, News
Jennifer Ulrich, IIB's Lead Coordinator of Interpreting and Translation, represented the International Institute of Buffalo in voting for expanded language access in New York during a Partnership for the Public Good meeting to select 2024 community agenda proposals. The proposal, represented in Plank 15, was submitted by the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and focuses on leveling the field when…
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IIB on WKBW-TV: How You Can Help Spread the Word on Winter Prep

By In the Community, Media Mentions, News
In case you missed it, Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi spoke to WKBW-TV anchor Michael Wooten on set Tuesday about the life-saving winter weather information we now offer in 13 different languages. She explained why it’s so important to extend a helping hand to new neighbors who may be experiencing their first-ever winter season. From buzzwords like “lake effect” to having…
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In Case You Missed It! Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi on WBFO

By In the Community, Media Mentions, News
Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi Speaks with WBFO's Jay Moran on our work of assisting new people to the region, dispelling the myths and perceptions regarding refugees and discusses the work conducted by the institute. In case you missed it, IIB Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi recently spoke with WBFO's Jay Moran on the program, What's Next?  In the wide-ranging interview, Rizzo-Choi…
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IIB Teams up with Parkside Lutheran for Second Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

By Events, In the Community, News
For the second year IIB staff and volunteers teamed up with Parkside Lutheran Church to provide a Thanksgiving-style dinner for 50 newly arrived Americans and survivor clients. The guests hail from Afghanistan, Burma, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ecuador, Iraq, Myanmar, Syria, and Venezuela. For many, it was their first-ever Thanksgiving meal. "We serve foreign-born people who…
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