The mission of the International Institute of Connecticut is to help new Americans become self-sufficient, to ensure that low income persons in Connecticut have access to affordable immigration services and to strengthen families by helping them to obtain US citizenship and reunite with family members.
IIC is a non-profit, non-sectarian social service agency dedicated to helping thousands of foreign-born persons and immigrants each year to achieve self-sufficiency. IIC’s broad services range from helping new arrivals meet their most basic needs including adequate food and shelter, to English classes, refugee resettlement, job training, job placement, counseling, translation / interpretation, and legal assistance.
IIC assists clients in reaching their highest potential and helps them to meet the challenges of their new lives in the US, while also contributing to the strengthening of our local communities. IIC advocates for public policy that ensures the fair and equitable treatment of immigrants, refugees and others and works to increase public awareness of the great contributions of foreign-born persons to the cultural and economic richness of America.
IIC is a member of the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), the largest non-sectarian immigrant service network in the country. IIC is recognized by the US Board of Immigration Appeals and is a member of the Connecticut Immigrant & Refugee Coalition (CIRC), a broad-based network of community agencies, religious groups, legal service providers and immigrant rights activists committed to protecting the rights and welfare of refugee and immigrant communities in the State of Connecticut.
In business for more than 90 years, The International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN) is a statewide 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of immigrants, refugees, and their families with offices located in Bridgeport, Stamford, Derby and Hartford. The Institute also supports maintains outreach operations in Waterbury, Norwich and Danbury.
The Institute is staffed by nearly 25 full and part-time employees, who speak more than a dozen languages. The organization is headed by its Executive Director, Angela Rossi Zurowski and overseen by a Board of Directors. The organization is funded by federal, state, and local grants and contracts, private foundation awards, and through the generous support of people like you.
Our experienced, multi-cultural staff and volunteers provide a broad range of programs, including:
Each year, our Bridgeport, Stamford, Derby and Hartford offices assist over 7000 people to integrate into American life, to rebuild their lives and to achieve sustainable self-reliance. We could not succeed in these efforts without the crucial, ongoing support of our donors, local communities, partner agencies, advocates and volunteers. For your support we are grateful. Donate Now!