Serving and Empowering New Americans Since 1918

Refugees

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Each year, about 100 refugees come to Connecticut to begin new lives.

Immigration

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Over 3,000 lives are changed thanks to IICONN's immigration services.

Language Services

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Businesses, schools and individuals use our translation & interpretation services.

Survivor Programs

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We help victims of human trafficking and survivors of torture.

Changing Lives

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“If I return to my country, they will kill or arrest me. The United States saved my life.”

Eritrea was a very dangerous place for Alexander. At his family’s urging, he fled to Sudan...

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Our Blog

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From Our Blog

Modern day slavery – or human trafficking – exists in Connecticut. Victims of human trafficking live in our communities, in our state’s sleepy rural towns and in the corners of our cities. ...

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Press Releases

At a time when immigration policy is dominating the headlines, Rep. Jim Himes will hold a roundtable discussion at IICONN’s Bridgeport headquarters to discuss strategies for improving the processing of refugees and assis ...

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Facebook Posts

January 20, 2017.

Today is a pivotal moment for all of us who care about civil rights, justice, inclusion, diversity and social good. We expect difficult and uncertain times ahead. At IICONN, we anticipate challenges in our ability to serve refugees, immigrants and survivors of torture and of human trafficking. We may see policy changes that affect our clients as soon as today.

We remain, however, firm in our resolve that our clients deserve nothing less than the professional, highly skilled and deeply compassionate legal and social services we provide. IICONN has been delivering these services since 1918. A lot has happened in the world since then and those decades spanned some difficult and divisive times. With commitment and resolve, our communities and country have withstood the challenges and we will continue to do so.

At IICONN, our clients understand adversity. They exemplify the power of determination and the human capacity for resilience. They inspire me. If you are feeling unsettled or troubled today, look to the refugees, immigrants and survivors IICONN serves – they will give you hope and inspiration.

We know that change and challenges lie ahead. It just means that the need for our work is more important than ever. Our work continues and you are part of it. Your presence, participation and philanthropy are essential to our ability to achieve our mission.

Just this week, IICONN resettled three new refugee families from Congo, Eritrea and Syria and our extraordinary inter-faith volunteer corps made sure these families arrived to welcoming homes. This month we mark National Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness month and many of you have shared our newsletter and Facebook posts. On Wednesday, January 25 we will host our second Community Forum for Unity and Understanding focused on immigration rights – we hope you will join us for that.

At IICONN, we stand committed to ensuring that no one remains invisible and that all people in our communities are cared for. We invite you to join us. We invite you to seek solace in service, derive energy from engagement. Together we will be stronger.

Yours, in spirit and in action,

The International Institute of Connecticut
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On this Human Trafficking Awareness Day, we stand in solidarity with our partners including the @Connecticut Coalition Against Trafficking, Love146, CT Department of Children and Families, and Grace Farms, CT.

We will continue to work to eradicate trafficking in Connecticut and worldwide.
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