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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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Human Trafficking Victim Services

The Human Trafficking Victim Services program at the International Institute of Buffalo is dedicated to providing culturally competent services to victims of human trafficking in any of the 8 counties in Western New York.  Since the program's inception in 2007, our staff has provided services to over 70 victims.

Western New York has numerous risk factors for human trafficking, including many border crossings, a combination of large urban centers and vast rural areas, and significant transient populations. In light of these factors, the International Institute of Buffalo has received a significant grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime, to provide protection and support for trafficking victims and comprehensive, practical information to all professionals who may come into contact with victims. We work as as part of the Western New York Human Trafficking Task Force, and in cooperation with the Erie County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Western New York.

In addition to providing direct services to victims, our staff works to:

  • Strengthen cooperation between law enforcement agencies and victim service providers
  • Enhance successful prosecution of trafficking cases
  • Train service providers to recognize and report signs of potential human trafficking and to provide appropriate assistance to victims
  • Educate the community at large to recognize and report signs of potential human trafficking
  • Prevent trafficking in our rural and urban communities

If you suspect people are being trafficked in your area, please click here for contact information to report suspected cases.

Click to the following pages for more information about our services, training and additional resources.

For more information on Human Trafficking Victim Services at the International Institute, email afleischauer@iibuff.org or call the program coordinator at (716) 883-1900, ext. 304.

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"The talk on human trafficking was excellent. The topic needs far greater awareness than it currently receives."
- Anne Conable, Director of Museum Experience, Buffalo Museum of Science

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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