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2015 Holiday Appeal - Beyond Syria
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Since last summer all of the United States witnessed the mass migration of Syrian refugees fleeing their brutal civil war. This exodus left many wondering what were the implications for refugee resettlement in the US: http://goo.gl/vbB8GH
2015 Holiday Appeal - Survivor Support Services
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Although Domestic Violence occurs at the same rate across all communities. The murder rate is significantly higher among immigrant and refugee women because of the barriers they face in seeking freedom. Read the latest installment of our 2015 Holiday Appeal: http://goo.gl/l7Uho9

2015 Holiday Appeal - Cultural Calendar
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Whether the Chopin Singing Society, Korean Dancers, Ugandan drummers, or the Karen Wrist Tying festival, IIB has been home to newcomer celebrations for more than a century.

2015 Holiday Appeal - Akili's Story
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Akili and his wife Reny fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008. After a 1,300 mile journey and six years in a refugee camp, they're building a new life in Buffalo: http://goo.gl/EfYNms

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Domestic Violence Victim Services

The Domestic Violence Victim Services program at the International Institute is a holistic program designed to help and support battered immigrants and refugees. Services are provided free of charge, regardless of immigration status.

If you are an immigrant or refugee victim of domestic violence, please call (716) 883-1900, ext. 320.

If you are calling during regular business hours and cannot reach our Victim Advocate, please call the Family Justice Center at (716) 558-7233. If you are having an emergency outside of business hours, please call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-787-3224.

Depending on a client's needs, the International Institute's victim advocate and immigration attorney are available to provide:

  • court advocacy
  • assistance with filing Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) immigration petitions
  • interpreting and translation services
  • links to shelter and counseling
  • assistance finding employment and housing
  • help applying for public assistance
  • links to local social-service agencies.

Walk-ins are accepted. You will be asked to complete a brief, confidential intake form.

When an immigration problem is present, the advocate and immigration attorney work together to ensure wrap-around services. In some cases the immigration attorney can represent the client on divorce and/or Family Court petitions.

The International Institute's Domestic Violence Victim Advocate is an on-site partner at the Erie County Family Justice Center on Main Street in Buffalo, where we provide cultural competency training, meet with immigrants seeking services, and ensure culturally competent services and assistance with interpreting and translations.

Click here for more information about the Erie County Family Justice Center.


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The mission of the International Institute of Buffalo is to assist immigrants, refugees, their families, and others who face linguistic and cultural barriers to become self-sufficient, productive members of our community, and to increase global understanding and international connections in Western New York.
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