Since 1918, the International Institute of Buffalo has assisted immigrants, refugees, and others who face linguistic and cultural barriers to become self-sufficient, active members of our community. Today, the Institute serves as a dynamic international center, providing critical services to refugees and immigrants and promoting global understanding and connections in Western New York. In 2008, 10,686 people from all walks of life and many countries around the world benefited from our programs and services, including:
- 301 refugees, including 161 new arrivals from Burma, Iraq, Iran, and Somalia.
- 3,579 interpreting and translation clients
- 2,241 participants in the Model United Nations and other education programs
- 38 pre-certified victims of Human Trafficking
- 87 victims of Domestic Violence
- 710 other legal clients with immigration concerns
- 85 participants in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program.