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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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What We Do

Since 2007, IIB has served over 200 foreign-born victims of human trafficking who:

  • Had 11 different countries of origin
  • Ranged in age from 15 to 58
  • Were comprised of 73% male; 27% female
  • 83% were victims of labor trafficking
  • 25% had legal status in the United States when they were trafficked

IIB's Victim Services Department is funded by private donations, the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, the NYS Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  We assist foreign-born victims of trafficking with:

  • Safe, confidential shelter
  • Safety planning
  • Food, clothing, & other basic necessities
  • Links to medical assistance
  • Links to legal support
  • Transportation
  • Links to mental health counseling
  • Interpretation & translation
  • Links to Englsih classes
  • General victim advocacy with law enforcement & the criminal justice system

In addition to providing direct services to victims, IIB conducts outreach in the community.  IIB staff frequently conduct trainings for professionals; as well as for civic clubs, churches, & any interested community members.  These presentations cover issues like:

  • Basics of trafficking
  • Ways to ID victims
  • Cultural & linguistic barriers faced by foreign-born victims
  • Local response to human trafficking

All trainings are tailored to the audience and most organizations qualify for a free presentation.  If you are interested in inviviting a speaker, email us or call us 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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