Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

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Staff members and our IRIS refugee ambassadors travel all over the state and region engaging with community members on important issues. We present in many different settings, encouraging connection to refugees, a deeper understanding of the refugee experience, and a celebration of the welcoming spirit that makes our nation strong.  We encourage you to attend any of our upcoming public events. 

If you do not find an event listed in a town near you, stay posted! We will update this page as new opportunities arise.

If you would like IRIS to participate in or plan an event with your organization, please contact Ann O’Brien at aobrien@irisct.org and we will be happy to make arrangements with you. We love meeting new people and organizations at IRIS!

  • Tue
    06
    Feb
    2018
    5:30 pm2 Bridge St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

    SECWAC is a regional membership organization. Their aim is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming. Their principal activity is to provide a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between our members and U.S. policymakers and other experts on foreign relations.

    For this event, SECWAC has invited IRIS Executive Director, Chris George, to discuss the state of refugee resettlement in CT and the rest of the country.

  • Tue
    13
    Feb
    2018
    5:45 pm - 6:45 pmYale School of Management, 165 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511

    This panel is part of the Yale School of Management Economic Development Symposium. Led by Yale SOM professor of economics, Mushfiq Mobarak, IRIS Executive Director, Chris George, and CitySeed Executive Director Amelia Reese Masterson will discuss the current challenges faced by refugee organizations across the country. 

    For more information visit: Link

    The Symposium is sponsored by Sidney Gross Memorial Community Economic Development Fund.

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018
    12:30 pm and 1:25 pmDarien High School - Diversity Day

    IRIS participated in a schoolwide event at Darien High School as part of their schoolwide celebration of diversity day. IRIS gave a presentation on the many faces of diversity, specifically on the experience of refugees in the United States. Students, IRIS representatives and guest refugees discussed the obstacles refugees face coming to the US and how the assets they bring with them better their new community. 

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018
    3:00 pmLuce Hall, 77 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

    Hosted by the Yale Macmillan Center, this film series is a voyage across the multiple shades of the Greek blue seas that have witnessed centuries of human existence in the eastern Mediterranean. From archaeology and history to myth and fable, commerce and war, romance and desire, environment and health, escape and refuge, the Greek seas have lived it all. They have inspired poets and kings alike, energized conquerors and peace-warriors, have sent merchants to places yet unseen and undiscovered, and provided food for many and refuge and peace for others.

    The series will cover four themes: Exploration, Refuge, Journey, and Protection.

    Discussants/Panelists 
    Chris George (Executive Director, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services)
    Kaveh Khoshnood (Associate Professor of Epidemiology, YSPH)
    Gregory Pappas (Executive Producer Border Souls)

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018
    444 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06511

    IRIS hosts a workshop for NHA students who are part of the Facing History Council and Model United Nations.

    First, Dennis Wilson, an employee at IRIS, and Maher, a refugee from Iraq who has settled in New Haven, presented on the myths and facts of refugees internationally and locally, shared ways for students to get involved, and Maher told his personal journey from being a target in Iraq because of his work as a translator for the U.S army, to being an active member the New Haven arts community as a trained photographer and filmmaker. Then, they engaged in a Q&A with students.

  • Tue
    06
    Mar
    2018
    4:00 pm – 5:30 pm405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205 Storrs, CT 06269-1205

    The Thomas A. Dodd Research Center for Human Rights awards a prize to a children’s book author each year. This year's book tells the story of a Syrian boy in a refugee camp. The award program will feature IRIS' very own Rana Gremish, giving brief remarks - in English - about her family’s experiences with schools in the US. School teachers who support her family, as well as the teachers who worked closely with the Al Dalati children, will be recognized and presented with autographed books for their school libraries. Rana and her family were recently resettled in Connecticut through IRIS's Community Co-Sponsorship Program.  Additional books will be distributed to numerous local elementary schools.

  • Thu
    08
    Mar
    2018
    Greenwich, CT

    This is a closed event. However, if you would like to organize a similar event with us in your community, please contact us at zmalik@irisct.org or by phone at (203) 562-2095 Ext. 231

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pmNeighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon St, New Haven, CT 06510

    Organized by the Neighborhood Music School, and Co-presented by Pete DiGennaro and Dr. Jennifer Klein, this concert celebrates the power of cultural practices to overcome fear, unveil the truth, and liberate hope. Artists from the NMS faculty, from the Hartford / New Haven Arts Communities, and from Cape Verde and Tanzania (via Skype) will perform separately and together, to honor our shared humanity. Amnesty International, Nasty Women New Haven, NYU’s Department of Arts Politics, and IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services) will be on hand to share their work and opportunities with everyone, as well. We look forward to seeing you!

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018
    1:00 pm91 Church St, Seymour, CT 06483

    An interactive and informative exchange with the community led by Chris George, Executive Director, IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services).  All from the immediate, as well as neighboring communities, are welcome and encouraged to attend!

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018
    6:00 pmFairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT

    This event is organized by the Fairfield Museum. Moderator Marco Werman of Public Radio International’s The World will moderate a discussion about projects in the area that are giving marginalized women opportunities. Panelists will include:

    Cynthia Davis of Burroughs Community Center and Our Woven Community 
    Evelyn Isaia of Ratatouille, a catering company with a social purpose
    Jennifer Fitzgerald of IRIS, manager of IRIS's Mother & Child English Class

    For more information: Link

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018
    Milford, CT

    This is a closed event, a private house party with a senior IRIS staff member as speaker providing an update on refugee resettlement and IRIS's work with asylees.  However, if you would like to organize a similar event with us in your community, please contact us at zmalik@irisct.org or by phone at (203) 562-2095  Ext. 231

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018
    12:30 pmChrist Church Cathedral, 45 Church Street, Hartford, CT
    Join the Women's Ministry Network for "Equipping and Empowering God's Women: A Way Forward" a conference celebrating International Women's Day, on March 24 at Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude with worship at 12:30 p.m. Information and registration available here.
     
    Listen to these inspiriting panelists:
    • The Rev. Winnie Varghese, Priest for Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Wall Street (Winnie to preach as well)
    • Rose Fichera Eagen with Mother Rose's Boutique at Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford
    • Dr. Megan V. Smith, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Public Health at Yale
    • Ashley Makar, Outreach Coordinator for IRIS- Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services
     
    After the Conference, attendees and others are invited to act by joining in the CT - March For Our Lives rally against gun violence. Folks will gather at the Cathedral and march to the State Capital building and join the 1:00 p.m. rally. Information is available here, there is a Facebook event page here.
  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018
    6:30 pmMichael's at the Grove, Bethel, CT

    DARA is a community co-sponsor, a group of volunteers, working with IRIS to resettle refugee families in the Danbury area.  This event is their third annual benefit dinner, at which Chris George, IRIS Executive Director will be speaking.

    For information: Link

    For tickets: Link

  • Thu
    29
    Mar
    2018
    5:00 pm - 8:30 pmThe Anlyan Center 300 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT

    This event is co-­sponsored by the YSM Department of Internal Medicine; YSM Office of Global Health (Department of Internal Medicine); the YSM Office of International Medical Student Education; and the Yale Macmillan Center. 

    Registration before March 15, 2018, is encouraged. To register, click here.

    Conference Objectives

    Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

    • Describe the current political and legal context of refugee resettlement
    • Explore the spectrum of global forced migration
    • Describe local innovations to improve refugee health care in Connecticut
    • Discuss refugee identity and the role of that identity over time
    Speakers

    Speakers will include:

    • Bayan Abunar, BS, Medical Student, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
    • Jenny Ajl, BA, Student, Yale School of Nursing and Yale School of Public Health
    • Mayesha Alam, Global Health Justice Fellow, Yale Law School
    • Pema Bhutia, MSW, Intensive Case Manager, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)
    • Hugh Blumenfeld, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Connecticut
    • Paul Bourdillon, BA, Medical Student, Yale School of Medicine
    • Bryan Brown, MD, Resident, Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program
    • Akram Hussein, MS, Intensive Case Manager, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), New Haven
    • Susan Levine, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Connecticut; Director, University of Connecticut Immigrant Health
    • Meredith Niess, MD, Internal Medicine, Fair Haven Community Health Care
    • Brian Padilla, PhD, Associate Director of Behavioral Health, Fair Haven Community Health Care
    • Hyung Paek, MD, Pediatrics, Fair Haven Community Health Care
    • Maya Prabhu, MD, LLB, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
    • Patricia Ryan-Krause, MS, MSN, RN, CPNP, Associate Professor of Nursing, Yale School of Nursing
    • Laurel Shader, MD, Chair of Pediatrics, Fair Haven Community Health Care
    • Daniel Trust, President/CEO, Daniel Trust Foundation
    • Marietta Vazquez, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine; Director, Pediatric Global Health Track
     
  • Thu
    29
    Mar
    2018
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Reading Room, William F. Starr Hall 45 Elizabeth St. Hartford, CT 06105-2290

    This panel, organized by UCONN Law's Diversity Committee, is an opportunity to sit down and meet refugees from around the globe who have been resettled in Connecticut. Speakers will discuss the extremely vetted resettlement process, different resources available to refugees, and the current status of refugee resettlement. Dinner will be served. Co-sponsored by theInternational Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and the Human Rights Law Association.

    Speakers will include:
    Joseph Kazadi, Refugee Lawyer, IRIS Refugee Ambassador
    Jon Bauer, Professor, UConn School of Law
    Usra Qureshi, Founder, CT Anchor
    Chris George, Executive Director, IRIS (Integrated Immigration & Refugee Services)
    Alicia Kinsman, Director & Managing Attorney, Immigration Legal Services, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants

    For Information: Link
    To RSVP: Link

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018
    12:30 pm - 4 pmYale School of Public Health, 60 College St, New Haven, Connecticut 06511

    The Yale American Public Health Association is pleased to present:

    Advocating Amidst Adversity: Empowering the Fight for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

    In an effort to further expand Yale-APHA’s initiative focused on mobilizing and organizing students around public health advocacy, they will be hosting a panel focused on immigrant and refugee health, followed by a workshop aimed at providing students with tangible advocacy skills. The goal of the workshop is to provide all students with the opportunity to become better advocates, with a particular focus on helping immigrant and refugee populations in the U.S. 

    Panel on Immigrant Rights: 1-3 PM
    Workshop on Bird-Dogging 3-3:50 PM (open to first 20 people)
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bird-dogging-workshop-tickets-44649942179

    Panelists:
    Chris George, Executive Director, IRIS, Keynote Speaker
    Kica Matos, Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice at the Center for Community Change 
    Aniyizhai Annamalai, Director, Adult Refugee Clinic
    Pooja Agrawal, Director, Global Health Education & IRIS Board Member

    Lunch will be provided!

  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018
    4:00 pmBethesda Lutheran Church, 450 Whitney Avenue, New Haven

    What: St. Luke’s Steel Band in Concert
    When: Sunday, April 8, 4pm
    Where: Bethesda Lutheran Church, 450 Whitney Avenue, New Haven
    Cost: Freewill offering to Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services of New Haven

    The Bethesda Music Series proudly presents the renowned and energetic St. Luke’s Steel Band in concert on Sunday, April 8, at 4pm. The hour-long program will take place at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 450 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. Admission and parking are free. A freewill offering will be taken to support the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services of New Haven. A reception will follow.

  • Thu
    12
    Apr
    2018
    7:00 pmMilford Public Library, 57 New Haven Ave, Milford, CT 06460

    Presented by Milford Public Library and Milford Speaks Out, Chris George, Executive Director of IRIS and Reverend Patricia Leonard Pasley, founding member of Amity House which sponsored a Syrian family's resettlement in Milford through IRIS's program in 2017, will provide an update on current state of refugee resettlement and thoughtful discussion of how communities can stay integrally involved in this mission. Question and answer session, as well as light refreshments, will follow.

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018
    Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    5:00 pm - 10:00 pmSheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall Auditorium - Room 114 Yale University Grove St New Haven, CT 06511

    The 2018 Yale Arab Conference aims to promote a positive outlook on the future of the Arab world. The event is meant to show our hope (Amalna) for a region that can thrive despite the violence and destruction so often associated with it. For more details on the conference and up-to-date information please visit our website: LINK

    The conference will consist of a keynote speaker, three panels and a number of exciting activities, to provide a holistic, multi-faceted discussion of the Arab World today including its social and educational realities, needs, and potential future trajectories. The ticket grants participants access to all events and 4 meals: dinner on Friday, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday on top of the accommodation. If the cost of the ticket will pose financial hardship, please send an email to yalearabstudents@gmail.com

    For tickets, follow the link: LINK

  • Mon
    23
    Apr
    2018
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pmUnitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Rd, Westport, Connecticut 06880

    Join ICT4, IRIS, and several local activist groups on April 23rd for their Evening of Action. We'll have plenty of quick, easy actions you can take, right then and there, on issues like immigration, gun violence, voting rights, the environment, and women's health. You'll sign some letters, send some postcards, write a letter-to-the-editor -- and at the end, you'll qualify (with an official ICT4 certificate!) as an Action Hero.

  • Mon
    23
    Apr
    2018
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm The Unitarian Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT 06880

    ICT4 - AN EVENING OF ACTION

    Monday, April 23rd, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
    The Unitarian Church of Westport
    10 Lyons Plains Road
    Westport, CT 06880

    ICT4 and more than a dozen local activist groups are teaming up on April 23rd from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for an Evening of Action, offering opportunities for CT District 4 voters to take quick, easy actions on pressing issues —  from immigration, gun safety and voting rights, to net neutrality, the environment and women's health.   Located at The Unitarian Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, event activities will include signing letters, sending postcards, writing letters to the editor of local newspapers and more.  At the end of the evening, participants will receive an official ICT4 “Action Hero” certificate and will be entered in a raffle to win a gift certificate to a local restaurant of their choice.  

    Space is limited; advance registration is available at ICT4.org.

    Issues to be addressed and participating local activist groups include:

    Gun Safety

    • Connecticut Against Gun Violence
    • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

    State Legislators

    • National Popular Vote CT
    • Connecticut Citizen Action Group

    Immigration

    • Connecticut Students for a Dream
    • Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services
    • Immigration and Refugee Outreach

    Environment

    • The Norwalk River Watershed Association
    • Food and Water Watch

    Women’s Health

    • Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

    For further information, click here. 

  • Mon
    23
    Apr
    2018
    Tue
    24
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 am - 6:00 pmCrowne Plaza, 18 Old Ridgebury Rd, Danbury, CT 06810

    This is a closed event organized by the Connecticut Library Association for librarians statewide who are either members of the association and pay the conference registration or who are not members (and not necessarily librarians) who pay a higher registration rate.

    For more information: Link

    If you would like to organize a similar event with us, please contact us at zmalik@irisct.org or by phone at (203) 562-2095  Ext. 231

  • Mon
    30
    Apr
    2018
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pmLinsly-Chittenden Hall (LC), 63 High St, New Haven, Connecticut 06511

    What does it mean to be visible as a refugee, and does that definition change for refugees who are resettled? Who or what defines and assigns visibility? How does refugee visibility relate to international organizations and institutions in the refugee regime? During YRP's speaker panel for this spring’s Refugee Week, organized by students in an Introduction to Critical Refugee Studies in collaboration with the Yale Refugee Project, they bring refugees and refugee advocates together to discuss these questions. Their perspectives will illuminate how being socially, politically, and economically visible change the experience of refugeeness. 

    Join the Yale Refugee Project and Professor Quan Tran's ER&M 221 Introduction to Critical Refugee Studies class on April 30th, at 6:30pm in LC Room 317. Light refreshments from Sanctuary Kitchen, a refugee catering organization, will be provided. 

    For more information and resources about critical refugee studies, visit https://refugeeweek2018.wixsite.com/yale

  • Wed
    02
    May
    2018
    Byram Hills High School, 12 Tripp Ln, Armonk, NY 10504

    This is a closed event for Byram High School students' diversity day.  IRIS education staff will present an interactive activity regarding the refugee experience. If you would like to organize a similar event with us in your community, please contact us at zmalik@irisct.org or by phone at (203) 562-2095  Ext. 231

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm531 Woodruff St, Southington, CT 06489

    On May 5th, WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) will be hosting two workshops on refugee resettlement in CT. The first session starts at 10 AM will run for approximately 45 minutes before the start of the second session at 11 AM. Lunch will be served at 12 PM followed by a church service which all are welcome to attend.

  • Sat
    19
    May
    2018
    2:00 pmYale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel Street

    IRIS will be hosting a panel after Yale Rep's performance of KISS by Guillermo Calderón. This panel is made possible in part by funds provided by the International Association of New Haven.

    Chris George, Executive Director of IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), moderates a post-show conversation with refugees from varied geographic areas of Syria about Syrian culture, both as it was there and is cultivated now in the U.S.

    The Play:
    "A standing double date in Damascus quickly escalates into farce as four friends unburden their hearts and reveal their secret passions. But as civil war wages outside, nothing is really what it seems to be. Kiss is a politically charged and emotionally resonant exploration of what gets lost in translation: the unfathomable human toll of a nation in chaos." 

    Written by: Guillermo Calderón
    Directed by: Evan Yionoulis

    For More Info and Tickets: Link

  • Sun
    20
    May
    2018
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm75 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032

    On the Sunday of May 20th, Chris George will be speaking during First Church's regular Sunday service. He will be discussing refugee resettlement in Connecticut and how congregation members can get involved.

    For more information, contact Reverend Susan Gibson: sgibson@firstchurch1652.org 

  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018
    7:00 pm53 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511

    IRIS is proud to sponsor Sundance Festival's award-winning documentary, "This Is Home" being shown at the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall Street, New Haven), as part of the 2018 New Haven Documentary Film Festival.  Admission to the screening is free.

    A private, post-screening "Meet & Greet" will take place at a local restaurant with the film's Director Alexandra Shiva,  Chris George (IRIS Executive Director) and locally resettled IRIS Refugee Ambassadors.  Please click HERE to reserve a space (limited to 50 attendees).  Details will be sent to attendees by May 31.

    "Directed by Alexandra Shiva (How to Dance in Ohio) and produced by Blumhouse and Gidalya Pictures, "This is Home" is an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and struggling to find their footing. Displaced from their homes and separated from loved ones, they are given eight months of assistance from the International Rescue Committee to become self-sufficient. As they learn to adapt to challenges, including the newly imposed travel ban, their strength and resilience are tested." - Broadwayworld.com

    This panel is made possible in part by funds provided by the International Association of New Haven.

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018
    11:30 amBow Tie Criterion Cinemas at Greenwich Plaza 2 Railroad Ave Greenwich, CT 06830 United States

    "Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home." - soufrafilm.com

    Soufra has been chosen to be featured at this year's Greenwich International Film Festival.

    The screening will be followed by a Q&A with IRIS' Executive Director, Chris George.

    Be sure to take a look at The Soufra Cookbook. Not only does this cookbook share some of the most treasured recipes that changed the lives of the Soufra women, but it also will give back to the families at the camp. The women of Soufra are full partners in the publication of this book. They will share equally in proceeds from its sales, which will contribute to the ongoing development of the camp’s Children’s Center and to building a school for the children in the camp.

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018
    5:30 pm11 Pentecost St, Branford, CT 06405

    Short Beach Union Church is hosting a dinner to benefit IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services*)

    The menu will feature food from Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Africa, and Ghana

    Donation is $35 per person

    RSVP: 203-215-5548 or IRISdinner@earthlink.net

  • Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018
    4:30 pmCole Auditorium at Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830

    "Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home." - soufrafilm.com

    Soufra has been chosen to be featured at this year's Greenwich International Film Festival. 

    Director Thomas Morgan will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A

    Be sure to take a look at The Soufra Cookbook. Not only does this cookbook share some of the most treasured recipes that changed the lives of the Soufra women, but it also will give back to the families at the camp. The women of Soufra are full partners in the publication of this book. They will share equally in proceeds from its sales, which will contribute to the ongoing development of the camp’s Children’s Center and to building a school for the children in the camp.

  • Sun
    03
    Jun
    2018
    5:00 pmReal Artways, 56 Arbor Street Hartford, CT 06106

    This fascinating and timely documentary observes two gay Syrian refugees: Husein, a barber in Istanbul living a double life, and Mahmoud, the founder of Syria’s LGBTI movement. What unites them is a shared dream: to participate in an international beauty contest to escape their trapped lives and overcome their invisibility.

    A talk-back will follow the screening of the film featuring Chris George, IRIS' Executive Director.
  • Fri
    08
    Jun
    2018
    6:00 pm270 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06510, United States

    WE ARE: A Nation of Immigrants is a large-scale public art installation, designed to uplift the voices of immigrants. This extraordinary public art exhibit features larger-than-life portraits of local immigrants, which will be hung on the churches of the historic New Haven Green and surrounding areas. 

    The official opening will take place on Friday, June 8 at 6 PM at the west end of Center Church - the day before the opening of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. The Exhibit will close on August 15.

    Glaadys Mwilelo, IRIS Refugee Ambassador, will be a featured speaker at the exhibit opening.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    IRIS's participation in this event is made possible in part by funds provided by the International Association of New Haven.

  • Fri
    08
    Jun
    2018
    7:00 pm222 Sargent Dr, New Haven, CT 06511

    The American Unicorn is the first Newcomer Play Project, a collaboration between Long Wharf Theatre and IRIS. The play is based on the true stories of refugees resettled in New Haven.

    Written & Performed By: 
    Balquis Ahmadzai, Yar Jan Ahmadzai, Azhar Ahmed, Lames Ahmed, Mohamad Chaghlil, Joseph Kazadi, and Ruben Kwigwasa

    Devised By:
    Elizabeth Nearing & Aurelia Clunie

    Dramaturg:
    Madeline Charne

    The performance will take place Friday, June 8 at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at longwharf.org or by calling 203-787-4282.

    Sponsors include: The International Association of New Haven, The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, and The Theatre Communications Group

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018
    7:00 pmMactivity, 285 Nicoll Street, New Haven, CT
    Saturday, June 9, 7 pm
    Mactivity, 285 Nicoll Street
    Tickets: $22
     
    Join us for a night of Trivia and a delicious Iftar! Hosted by the lovable and nerdtastic, Ali Reza Malik.
     
    Battle it out for awesome prizes as you answer general trivia questions with your team. Bring your smart friends or let us add you to a team. Trivia topics include pop culture, politics and a special refugee category since we'll be donating ticket sales to IRIS — to help refugees get resettled in Connecticut.
     
    Persian halal food will be catered by Green Leaf. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at maza.ticketleap.com.
  • Tue
    12
    Jun
    2018
    5:30 pm1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT

    WNPR’s John Dankosky leads a discussion about the changing demographics of New England and the impact of immigration on our economy. Recorded for broadcast on WNPR, this lecture is part of our close partnership with the New England News Collaborative. Speakers will include Yale Professor Mushfiq Mobarek, WBUR's Shannon Dooling, and Will Kneerim, Director of Employment & Education Services at IRIS. 

    Ideas Fast Pass: $60
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  • Thu
    14
    Jun
    2018
    5:30 pmYale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street New Haven, CT
    Refugee Resettlement - A Noble American Tradition Under Attack

    Chris George, Executive Director of IRIS with a panel of guests lead a lively discussion of refugee resettlement in Connecticut. Where do refugees come from? How are they selected? How can we be sure they are not terrorists? How does the community get involved? How do refugees enrich our country? Why and how is the Trump Administration destroying the refugee program?

    Ideas Fast Pass: $60
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  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    2:00 pmTrinity on the Green, 950 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06510

    World Refugee Day brings awareness to the refugee crisis while honoring their courage and strength. Celebrate through a festival of cultures and diversity of new immigrants with international cuisine, world music, and a photography exhibit — all featuring refugees from around the globe.

    We’ve added a Family Unity Rally to our World Music Concert. Show support for keeping children and parents together at the border, in partnership with Action Together Connecticut.

    2pm— World Cuisine Tasting by Sanctuary Kitchen. Ticket = $20

    4pm— World Music Concert featuring Thabisa and Family Unity Rally.  FREE – RSVP so we know you’re coming!

    5pm— #RefugeesofCT Photo Exhibit, various photographers. FREE

    Purchase tickets here.

    Co-sponsored by IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), Trinity on the Green, Sanctuary Kitchen & Action Together Connecticut

    Photo Credits: Joe Standart, Rabib Chaudhury & Melanie Stengel

     

  • Sat
    21
    Jul
    2018
    1:00 - 4:00 pmFirst Presbyterian Church New Haven - 704 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511

    Support and empower refugee women at the IRIS Craft Sale on Saturday, July 21!

    Handmade crafts along with henna designs and international desserts by women from Sudan, Congo, Afghanistan, and Syria are available for purchase with all proceeds going directly to the artisans. Cash payment only, please.

    This event is held by the IRIS Women's Sewing Group, a space for refugee women to perfect their sewing skills, bond with each other, and adjust to living in the US.

    For more information, visit our Facebook: LINK

  • Tue
    07
    Aug
    2018
    7:00pm - 8:00 pm 52 Newtown Rd, Groton, CT 06340

    As part of the One Book, One Region program at the Groton Public Library, there will be a panel discussion featuring our Executive Director, Chris George, about refugee resettlement under the Trump Administration. Join us to learn more about the changes to resettlement programs and the need to expand our intake of refugees in the United States. 

    The discussion will be moderated by Kevin Booker Jr. The event is open to the public. 

  • Wed
    08
    Aug
    2018
    12:00 pmMaritime Grill, 2548 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT

    Join our Executive Director, Chris George, for a discussion about refugee resettlement at the Guilford Rotary. 

  • Wed
    08
    Aug
    2018
    6:00 pmNew Haven Free Public Library 133 Elm Street New Haven, CT 06510

    The New Haven Free Public Library will be screening "Lumumba: Death of a Prophet", directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Raoul Peck. This biographical documentary is about Patrice Lumumba, the Prime Minister of Zaire who was assassinated in 1961. “This documentary offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history.”

    Our very own Joseph Kazadi, IRIS Refugee representative, will be speaking at the event. 

    This event is open to the public. 

  • Mon
    03
    Sep
    2018
    6:45am - 11:15amNew Haven Green, 250 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06511

    IRIS is thrilled to partner with The New Haven Road Race to support refugees on September 3rd. 

    Run to the beat of live bands and DJs on a 5K, 20K, or half marathon course. Create your own IRIS CrowdRise fundraiser to help refugees and other displaced people establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities. 

    Register to run The New Haven Road Race here: http://www.newhavenroadrace.org/?page_id=400. 

  • Sat
    15
    Sep
    2018
    Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018
    11:00 am - 5:00 pmFairfield Hills, Newtown, CT 06470

    Join IRIS supporters at The Seventh Annual Newtown Arts Festival, taking place on the grounds of Fairfield Hills in Newtown, Saturday September 15 – Sunday September 16, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Sabeena Ali and friends have a table of fun refugee trivia games for all ages, giveaways and information on ways to volunteer or support refugees through IRIS!

    Admission to the outdoor festival is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 – 12, and children under age 5 are free.

    Cash and Debit/Credit cards accepted.

  • Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018
    5:00 pmSt. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 22 Durham Road, Madison, CT
    Join Madison supporters on Sunday evening, September 16 at 5:00pm for a "Potluck for Peace" and conversation regarding the current status of refugee resettlement overseas, in the U.S., and in Connecticut.
     
    The evening will include discussion with Tariq Hussaini, father of the family recently resettled by IRIS in partnership with the Madison-based community co-sponsorship group "Saints on the Shoreline," and Chris George, IRIS Executive Director.
     
    The event will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 22 Durham Road, Madison, CT.
     
    Guests are asked to bring a West Asian themed dish to share!
     
    For reservations, please email: jaime.sue@hotmail.com
  • Thu
    20
    Sep
    2018
    9:45 amWashington, DC

    FOREIGN POLICY PANEL DISCUSSION

    Join the Niskanen Center for the release of a new paper on the national security and strategic foreign policy impacts of refugee resettlement and two panel discussions with invited keynote speaker Senator James Lankford

    REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT AND U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY
    A Strategic Case for Refugee Resettlement with

    Professor Idean Salehyan, University of North Texas
    Linda Chavez, Niskanen Center Senior Fellow
    Scott Cooper, Human Rights First

    COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP OF REFUGEES
    Harnessing the Philanthropic Spirit of America with

    Chris Gersten, former director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
    Jennifer Bond, Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative
    Chris George, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

    Co-Sponsored by the National Immigration Forum, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), Human Rights First, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
    9:45 AM-12:30PM
    RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE Room 485

    Please RSVP to Matthew La Corte at events@niskanencenter.org

  • Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    6:00pm - 9:00pm Unitarian Society of New Haven 700 Hartford Turnpike Hamden, CT 06517

    Join us for an evening of film and authentic Persian cuisine hosted by the Unitarian Society of New Haven!  This evening will inspire you, while you support refugees overseas and in Connecticut.

    The film, Soufra, endorsed by Susan Sarandon and not yet released to the general public, follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon.  She and other female refugees seek to build their own catering business in pursuit of owning their own foodtruck.  

    Tickets may be purchased online via this link or by contacting the Unitarian Society of New Haven at office@usnh.org.  Your ticket will include the film and light fare by Greenleaf Persian Catering. Greenleaf is owned and operated by a refugee family resettled from Iran by IRIS.  Greenleaf also operates a foodtruck which will be onsite for the event.

    Post performance talkback with Chris George, IRIS Executive Director & Sam Rose, Owner Greenleaf Catering.

    Proceeds to benefit IRIS - Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services.

    SOUFRA Cookbooks -- unique recipes by refugees featured in the film -- will be available for sale as well.
    Proceeds from cookbook sales benefit SOUFRA refugee chefs in Lebanon and IRIS refugees in New Haven!

  • Thu
    11
    Oct
    2018
    6:00 pmFerguson Library, Stamford, CT

    Join us for a viewing of the documentary film Soufra hosted by Stamford's Ferguson Library in conjunction with the Stamford Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Group and Building One Community!  This evening will inspire you, while you support refugees overseas and in Connecticut. Soufra, endorsed by Susan Sarandon and not yet released to the general public, follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon.  She and other female refugees seek to build their own catering business in pursuit of owning their own food truck.