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Serving and Empowering New Americans since 1918

Keywords: Iiconn International Institute Of Connecticut Refugee Immigrant Legal Service Immigration Bridgeport Ct

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joseph rodgers
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wrote 7 years ago
USA, Bridgeport, 1 review

I'm a retired UN interpreter and language teacher and have done volunteer work for decades, as I did here for the last year, teaching free English classes. When called upon by IICONN to help with their "interpreter/Translator Training program, with the " language coordinator's" agreement I offered, at an introductory presentation, to offer students free training for 6 Saturdays at the "Institute" , as agreed . A couple of days later, I was dismayed when the coordinator told me that this class would get no certificate ( a common form of recognizing training classes ) from the Institute because" she didn't plan to to take attendance (!?) and had already made one certificate" ( for the introductory session ) and didn't want to make another. She angrily wrote : " Nobody told you to offer to do this for free --Make your own certificate!" --I appealed by email to the "Exec. Director," saying that I'd always taught free classes there, being a volunteer, and that of course the students deserved a certificate--At first it appeared that a compromise was possible , but then the "language coordinator" counterattacked, writing that the real reason she'd denied the certificate was money --that I was interfering with her own classes, the purpose of which was to raise money---and I shouldn't have gone over her head to the Exec. Director--, which wouldn't help anyway, she boasted , because the two were close "collaborators" *( her word ) and SHE was the final decision-maker--When I tried to appeal to the Director again, she said "Thanks for your service and it's time for us to part with you. " She expressed no concern, no regret whatsoever at any the documented facts of the dishonest, abusive actions of her "collaborator"/friend. In earlier incidents that same year, I was not paid for many months for work for which pay was promised . After multiple complaints and questions, the pay finally came and , I was told , the "paymaster" had been released for incompetence. More frustratingly, when I was teaching English classes, one night, the "grants" specialist emailed me ( a retired, volunteer teacher working for free) around midnight one night, telling me to change my lesson completely by the next morning (He'd call at 7 AM to make sure I did that, he wrote ) by downloading a lesson on industrial safety he wanted me to teach to impress a visiting client . I had to respond that this lesson was above the heads of the class , who were women , children and seniors and beginners in English , and were not industrial workers --also, as I told him , I would have had to stay up all night to carry out this strange plan.
Some people at this "Institute" do good work for their immigrant/refugee clients, for sure, but a clique around the Exec. Director never demonstrated any concern whatsoever for the well-being of their clients, or for humane or educationally sound treatment of volunteers, for that matter , when I was there. As was documented in their emails, which I showed the
"Exec. Director," her "collaborator" attacked me nastily, simply for volunteering as I always had for them and other agencies around the region. She then suddenly admitted that it was "about the money" , thus tacitly admitting that she had misled me by at first just claiming ( also bizarrely and unconscionably ) that she simply didn't feel like taking attendance , and that , since she'd recently "made one certificate" she wouldn't make another : She didn't give a hoot about the importance of recognizing these people's hard work ---The three people mentioned above never showed any interest in the well-being of their "clients" in any of my dealings with them , and they showed no interest in ( or even understanding of ) basic rules and standards of education or work in general ( by assuming I would work all night because of one man's midnight whim) --but they were aggressive , adamant and uncompromising when they suddenly decided to attack me for offering free classes as I'd always done in the past -- The only passion and energy I ever saw them demonstrate was when they attacked me for working for free , worked to undermine and ultimately cancel my class in order, as they admitted, to eliminate competition with their "money-making classes," and , lastly, stressed that they were "collaborators, whose final decisions should never be questioned. In this last issue they were dishonest about money , unbelievably rude to me , a senior citizen-volunteer whose only motivation has been to help others through education, and downright obsessive about asserting power and control for the young woman who dissembled in money matters , then admitted she had done so in writing and refused to "make" a routine certificate for a class because "she'd already made one for another activity. Job seekers, prospective interns, well-intentioned innocent young people and senior citizen volunteers alike: If you wish to be treated fairly , honestly or decently , and not to have to struggle in vain against or be pressured to go along with their abusive practices, you should avoid these individuals,

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The website with the homepage "International Institute Of Connecticut" provides content on the pages Act Now, Newsroom and Our Vision And Mission. In the following table you'll find the 10 most important pages of

# Description URL of the website
1. Act Now /act-now/
2. Newsroom /press-relea­ses-2/
3. In­ter­natio­nal Institu­te of Con­necti­cut
4. Our Vi­sion and Mis­sion /about/our-vision-and-mis­sion/
5. About Us /about/
6. History Be­gin­ning in 1918 /about/history/
7. Our Team /about/board-staff/
8. Con­tact Us /about/con­tact/
9. Refu­gee Ser­vi­ces /refu­gees-4/
10. Refu­gee Resettle­ment /resettle­ment/

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