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NORWALK’S CHRIS TEMPLE TO SCREEN “SALAM NEIGHBOR,” HIS DOCUMENTARY ON THE SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS, AT FAIRFIELD MUSEUM; PANEL DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW

Chris Temple of Norwalk CT, and his co-producer, Zach Ingrasci, embedded themselves in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, which is seven miles from the Syrian war where 85,000 Syrians struggle to restart their lives inside the camp. The resulting documentary, “Salam Neighbor” (see trailer here) provides viewers with a unique and intimate look at the world’s most dire humanitarian crisis. This timely screening will be followed by a discussion about the implications of the refugee crisis for the U.S. and Connecticut. ...

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NATURALIZATION CEREMONY FOR NEARLY 100 IMMIGRANTS AS THEY BECOME AMERICAN CITIZENS

Nearly 100 new Americans will be sworn in as U.S. citizens in a patriotic ceremony at Klein Auditorium. The International Institute of Connecticut, Inc. (IICONN), in partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is proud to once again host this commemorative celebration. Each immigrant came to the U.S. seeking opportunity or refuge and all are making positive contributions to their community. Their stories are inspirational and heart-warming, particularly during the holiday season. ...

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INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CONNECTICUT (IICONN) COMMENDS GOV. MALLOY FOR FIRMNESS IN SUPPORT OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT

Bridgeport, CT – November 20, 2015 -- The International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN), the state’s leading nonprofit provider of integrated legal and social services to new immigrants and refugees, today commended Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy for his courage in standing up to fear and bigotry against Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Claudia Connor, IICONN’s President and CEO, issued the following statement: “We applaud Gov. Malloy for his leadership in supporting some of the most vulnerable and persecuted people. We stand with the people of France as they respond to the terrible attacks in Paris, as we stand with people everywhere who are victims of violence and terrorism. We regret the subsequent rhetoric in the U.S. that is making the situation worse by discriminating against refugees from Syria. In fact, these refugees are fleeing exactly the kind of terror that unfolded on the streets of Paris. They have been confronted by violence like this ...

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SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL AND INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CONNECTICUT (IICONN) HOST ROUNDTABLE ON REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT AND IMPROVED PROCESSING

Bridgeport, CT – Oct. 14, 2015 -- The International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN), the state’s leading nonprofit provider of integrated legal and social services to new immigrants and refugees, announced today that Senator Richard Blumenthal will hold a roundtable discussion at IICONN’s Bridgeport headquarters on Friday, October 16, to discuss strategies for improving the processing of refugees, particularly in light of the Syrian refugee catastrophe. Claudia Connor, CEO of IICONN, said: “We applaud Senator Blumenthal for his leadership on issues related to refugees and human trafficking. His efforts to expedite the processing of refugees, while making sure that they meet appropriate security regulations, would eliminate wasteful and duplicative taxpayer spending while addressing major humanitarian concerns. We look forward to hearing more about his plan and to providing feedback on its potential impact on refugees, their families, and the state of Connecticut.” ...

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