Serving and Empowering New Americans Since 1918

About Us

The International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN), founded in 1918, is a statewide nonprofit human services agency that provides services to new immigrants and refugees in Connecticut to help them become self-sufficient, integrated and contributing members of the community. IICONN offers legal, social, linguistic and educational programs to help refugees and immigrants overcome the many barriers they face in adjusting to their new environments. In addition, IICONN provides special services to victims of serious crimes such as human trafficking, torture and domestic violence. Each year, IICONN assists close to 5000 individuals from its offices in Bridgeport, Stamford and Hartford.

IICONN is distinguished from other organizations in Connecticut providing resettlement and services to immigrants in three ways. IICONN is the only:

  • Statewide nonprofit provider of immigration services that offers a full array of legal immigration services, including court representation, victim assistance and asylum application assistance.
  • Nonprofit in Southwestern Connecticut providing refugee resettlement services and specialized case management for refugees and asylees.
  • Organization in Connecticut that provides comprehensive services to combat human trafficking in the state, including assistance in identifying and assisting victims of all forms of sex and labor trafficking.

IICONN is staffed by 42 full and part-time employees who speak more than twelve different languages. The organization is headed by Claudia Connor and governed by a Board of Directors. IICONN is funded through federal, state, and local grants, private foundation and corporate grants, individual donations, and program fees earned from direct service delivery to clients, government agencies, local and regional businesses and nonprofit organizations.

During its long history, IICONN has consistently evolved and adapted to the changing needs of the refugees and immigrants it serves. The organization has remained financially solvent and currently has an operating budget of approximately $1.9 million. IICONN’s continued success is attributable to: its consistent delivery of high quality and high impact programs; its commitment to collaboration with other organizations and community partners; recruitment and retention of passionate and committed staff, board members and volunteers; and pursuit of new mission-focused opportunities that strengthen the organization.

Each year, our Bridgeport, Stamford, Derby and Hartford offices assist close to 5000 people to integrate into American life, to rebuild their lives and to achieve sustainable self-reliance. We could not succeed in these efforts without the crucial, ongoing support of our donors, local communities, partner agencies, advocates and volunteers. We are grateful for their ongoing support and loyal commitment to our mission.