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Modern Day Refugees: Everything you Wanted to Know about Refugee Resettlement in New England

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 8 Sivan 5781

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMZOOM

Speaker:  Emma Tobin, Chief Program Officer, International Institute of New England (IINE)

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The Refugee Act of 1980 created the Federal Refugee Admissions Program. Today, the International Institute of New England resettles refugees and other protected groups from the Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Afghanistan and beyond in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This talk will explore the lived realities of refugee resettlement in an increasingly complex immigration landscape, including the role that communities can play in supporting refugee and immigrant integration. 


IINE Description:

Founded in 1918 in Lowell, MA, the International Institute of New England is one of our region's oldest and largest immigrant services organizations. IINE's mission is to create opportunities for refugees and immigrants to succeed through resettlement, education, career advancement, and pathways to citizenship. With offices in Boston, Lowell, and Manchester, NH, IINE serves over 2,500 women, men, and children from over 100 countries around the world each year. 

Emma Tobin Bio: 
Emma Tobin leverages her experience as a practitioner, program designer and researcher to oversee program delivery and growth in the International Institute of New England's three locations. Prior to assuming her current role, Emma served as Interim Chief External Relations Officer and as the Managing Director of IINE-Lowell where she grew career training, education, civic engagement, and youth programming.

Emma came to IINE with a wide range of experience working with refugees and labor migrants in the U.S., South Asia, and Southeast Asia. She began her career as a researcher and educator in Tibetan refugee communities in India and Nepal. She has since held positions with World Education, Inc. as a Community Development Trainer within Burmese refugee communities in Thailand and as a Program Officer in the organization’s U.S. headquarters, managing a portfolio of projects in Nepal.

She has also served as Associate Director of the Organization for Refugee and Immigration Success (ORIS) in Manchester, NH and managed a Harvard School of Public Health community-based research program in partnership with resettled refugee families in New England.

Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and a Master’s of Science in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from University of Oxford, UK. Emma and her husband live in Dorchester.

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