Contact: Samantha Bremer (203) 336-0141 ext. 110
Where: IICONN Headquarters 670 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport, CT
When: Tuesday January 19 at 1:45 p.m.
Speakers: Rep. Jim Himes; Claudia Connor, IICONN President and CEO;
Immigration and Refugee Subject Matter Experts and Clients
Interview/photo Opportunities: All speakers
The Story: 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 assisting immigrants in the state of Connecticut.
Each year, IICONN’s Bridgeport, Stamford, Derby and Hartford offices assist close to 5000 people integrate into American life, to rebuild their lives and to achieve sustainable self-reliance. In FY 2015 IICONN track processed 100 of the approximately 700 refugees who were resettled in Connecticut. In light of the humanitarian refugee crisis throughout the world and President Obama’s decision to resettle an additional 15,000 refugees in the U.S. next year, the number of refugees in resettled by IICONN is expected to grow to 115.
The International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN), founded in 1918, is a statewide nonprofit human services agency that addresses the need to provide new immigrants and refugees in Connecticut with services to help them become self-sufficient, integrated and contributing members of the community. The organization focuses on helping those individuals who face significant barriers to adjusting to their new environment. IICONN offers legal, social, linguistic and educational programs to help them overcome these obstacles. The Institute also provides special services to victims of serious crimes such as human trafficking, torture, and domestic violence. Each year, IICONN assists over 7000 individuals from its offices in Bridgeport, Stamford, and Hartford.