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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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International Exchanges

The International Institute of Buffalo hosts various international delegations throughout the year for professional and cultural programs in Buffalo. IIB is the only organization in Buffalo that hosts delegations through the following national programs.


International Visitor Leadership Program

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is a professional exchange program of the U.S. Department of State, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2015. The program aims to foster relationships across borders, and connect international professionals to their counterparts in Buffalo. It's a chance for Buffalo to showcase its best practices in industries across the board, such as border control, trade, international crime, good governance, disability advocacy, clean energy, and water management.

Open World Leadership Program

The Open World Leadership Program is similar to IVLP, in that it's also a professional exchange program, with the same goals. Open World, administered by the Open World Leadership Center, the first and only international exchange agency in the U.S. Legislative Branch. This program focuses primarily on the countries of Eurasia, such as Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine, to name a few. IIB hosts 2-3 of these 9-day programs a year, focusing primarily on the topics of Combating Trafficking in Persons, Non-Communicable Diseases, and Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons.


Upcoming Delegations 

October 4th-7th, 2016

"International Security and Cooperation"


International Visitor Leadership Program







Home Hospitality

IIB provides the community with the opportunity to host our international delegates in their homes, for either a dinner, or an 8-night homestay. Individuals and families are invited to sign up and volunteer as a host, and may be needed anytime throughout the year, as hospitality is requested. The goal of this experience is to share your cultures, learn from others, and create lasting friendships across borders. Dinner hospitality or homestays are essential aspects of our visitors programs, and are more likely than not, the highlight of each delegate's stay in Buffalo. To volunteer as a home host, please contact Emily Reid, International Exchanges  & Education Coordinator, at (716) 883-1900, or ereid@iibuff.org


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"(Buffalo) really is a lovely city and their people are brave...and so friendly.  Thank you!  We are brothers!"

 -Uruguayan Delegate, 2007

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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