Serving and Empowering New Americans Since 1918

Our Vision

The Institute envisions Connecticut as a place where new Americans may fully participate in our culturally diverse communities, where low-income families may have access to affordable immigration services and be reunited with family, where survivors of crime and persecution may have the resources needed to become self-supporting and healed and where ethnic diversity is valued as a cultural and economic strength by all.

Our Mission…how we deliver our vision.

The International Institute is a statewide nonprofit organization that assists refugees and immigrants resolve legal, economic, linguistic and social barriers so that they become self-sufficient, integrated and contributing members of the community. The Institute achieves this mission by providing a compassionate array of high-quality legal, social and educational programming and by promoting cross-cultural understanding and decent treatment for all.

Our Core Values…what we stand for


We are a stronger organization when we work collaboratively with other social service organizations and government agencies to provide the best possible services to our clients.


We are resourceful and nimble. We have succeeded and endured for almost 100 years because of our ability to change and evolve to meet the needs of the refugees and immigrants we serve.


We are recognized as an organization with a high level of knowledge, professionalism and experience in the field.


We are well-respected by our constituents, our peers and our funders and we maintain the highest level of honesty and respect in all aspects of our work.


We are a human service organization and our services are marked by cultural competence, empathy and understanding.

Results At a Glance

  • IICONN’s Refugee Program resettled 97 refugees in Bridgeport in FY2015 from Congo, Eritrea, Colombia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Ethiopia.
  • IICONN’s Immigration Legal Services served 4000 low-income clients from 92 different countries.
  • 100% of IICONN’s asylum applications were approved by the U.S. Government.
Survivor Services
  • IICONN’s Project Rescue screened over 130 potential victims of human trafficking, reached 575 individuals through outreach events and provided life-changing services for 43 victims of human trafficking.