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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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Interpretation and Translation

The International Institute of Buffalo's Western New York heritage spans over 80 years and specializes in working with qualified translators and interpreters in over 90 languages. We provide services to legal service providers, government agencies, educational institutions, corporations, health and human service agencies.  

Working Languages (including, but not limited to): 

Albanian              Cantonese Hindi Kurdish Rohingya Tedim                
Amharic Chin Hungarian Khran Russian Thai
Arabic Chinese Mandarin Italian Lingala Serbian Tigre
Azeri Croatian Japanese Macedonian Sgaw Karen Tigrinya
Bantu Dari Karen Mai-Mai Singhalese Turkish
Belorussian Farsi Karenni Nepali Somali Ukrainian
Bangali/Bangla French Kinyarwanda Pashto Spanish Urdu
Bosnian German Kirundi Polish Swahili Vietnamese
Bulgarian Gujarati Kizigua Portuguese Tagalog Wolof
Burmese Hebrew                Korean                Punjabi              Tamil Zo

Note: This is only a partial list of the languages available in our databases.  For more information, or to request a language that is not listed above, please call (716) 883-1900 ext. 308, or e-mail interpretation@iibuff.org.



**NEW!!** Global Interpreter Platform (GIP) 


Translation Vs. Interpretation

trans·la·tion \tran(t)s-ˈlā-shən\ 

written rendering from one language to another.

in·ter·pre·ta·tion \in-ˌtər-prə-ˈtā-shən\ 

an oral translation from one language to another.


Translation translation@iibuff.org

  • Certified and qualified translators
  • 3 - 5 business day turn-around for most orders (RUSH available)
  • Rare language translations
  • Competitive rates

Interpretation Interpretation@iibuff.org

  • Over 200 trained & culturally competent interpreters
  • More than 90 major & rare languages
  • Customers have 24 hour web access to request interpretation service
  • Industry-specialized & voice-over talent available upon request


  • 1 Day session: "How to Become a Translator"
  • 1 1/2 Day session: "How to Become an Interpreter"
  • 1/2 Day session: "How to Use Interpreter" (for customers)
  • Industry-specific interpreter trainings


Hours of Operation

  • Department Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Customer Service Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

IIB is Closed on the following days, but interpreting services will be available on those days.

New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Interpretation and Translation Staff

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Did You Know?

Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world, spoken by 1.07 billion people.

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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