Human Services

International Institute of Connecticut Inc

  • Bridgeport, CT
  • www.iiconn.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Refugee Resettlement & Employment
  2. Victim & Anti Trafficking Services
  3. Legal Immigration & Citizenship Services
  4. Interpreter/Translation Services
Service Areas

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Connecticut

The IIConn serves all of Connecticut, and has offices in Bridgeport, Stamford, Derby and Hartford.

ruling year

1942

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Ms. Angela Rossi Zurowski

Keywords

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Hartford, Derby, Bridgeport, Stamford

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EIN

06-0669118

 Number

2358224240

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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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.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Refugee Resettlement & Employment

The Institute is one
of three agencies in Connecticut selected by the US Department of State to
provide refugees with initial resettlement offered by the United States
government.  The
Institute assists adults and families who have fled war and persecution in
their native countries and in many cases have spent years, even decades, in
refugee camps. The Institute provides the immediate basic services to these
individuals and assists them in obtaining housing, medical assistance, cultural
and community orientations, employment and eventual self-sufficiency so they
may become integrated into the community. 
The Institute’s service delivery model is based on culturally
appropriate case management, workforce readiness, and holistic supportive
services.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

$386,570.00

Program 2

Victim & Anti Trafficking Services

The Institute provides an array of services to
immigrants who are victims of serious crimes such as human trafficking,
domestic violence, sexual assault and torture. 
These vulnerable immigrants face a variety of unique cultural, social,
economic, legal and practical challenges. In addition to providing direct
legal and social services to victims, the staff works to: strengthen
cooperation between law enforcement agencies and victim service providers,
enhance successful prosecution of trafficking cases, train service providers to
recognize and report signs of potential human trafficking and to provide
appropriate assistance to victims, educate the community at large to recognize
and report signs of potential human trafficking, and prevent trafficking in our
rural and urban communities.  In 2012,
the Institute was awarded a new competitive grant to provide holistic services
to survivors of torture, ensuring a seamless array of culturally appropriate
legal, social, medical and mental health services through a formal collaboration
of community providers representing a variety of sectors.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Crime/Abuse Victims

Budget

$213,280.00

Program 3

Legal Immigration & Citizenship Services

The Institute
responds to the urgent legal needs of immigrant families. The Institute’s
experienced immigration attorneys and representatives accredited by the Board
of Immigration Appeals ensure that immigrants are aware of their legal options,
and provide representation before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and
the Executive Office for Immigration Review.  The program offers a wide
range of low-cost and free legal services to low-income immigrants that may
include help with issues related to family-based immigration, applications for
permanent residence, naturalization & citizenship, legal protections for
victims of violence and serious crimes, asylum applications, and representation
before the immigration court.  In addition, the
Institute provides individuals with varying immigration statuses confidential
consultations to understand rights, responsibilities, and whether or not any
immigration benefits are available to them according to current US immigration
law and policy.  While the majority of
clients served in the legal immigration program may have one or more barriers
to self-sufficiency and integration, it is often the resolution of his/her immigration
status insecurity (or that of a close family member)that predicates the ability to address the others.  This dual burden has been recognized by
researchers and practitioners alike.  It
is because of this, and because of the longstanding trust the Institute has in
immigrant communities, that makes the agency a catalyst to the resolution of
other, compounding burdens and barriers.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$533,200.00

Program 4

Interpreter/Translation Services

The Institute
provides interpretation and translation
services to Connecticut businesses, agencies and individuals who need
assistance in translating and interpreting non-English documents or vice versa.
The Institute provides translation and interpretation services to its customers
in more than 40 languages and provides these services to numerous healthcare,
legal, educational, nonprofit and government clients located throughout the
state.The interpreter/translation
program also supports the Institute’s core programs by ensuring appropriate
language access is available to its participants.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Budget

$50,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

The IIConn serves all of Connecticut, and has offices in Bridgeport, Stamford, Derby and Hartford.

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INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CONNECTICUT INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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International Institute of Connecticut Inc

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Principal Officer

Ms. Angela Rossi Zurowski

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Jane Norgren Chair

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