Due to the Governor’s Executive Order in response to the Covid-19 public health crisis, the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD) is closed to the public until at least June 1st, 2020.  

The Small World Kitchen, located on the lower level of IIMD, is also closed at this time.

Although our building is temporarily closed, our staff is working to meet the needs of our clients and community members.  You may contact our staff as follows and we will reply as soon as we can. 

1. Wojciech Zolnowski, Executive Director:

(313) 600-7618 or wojciech517@yahoo.com

2.  Immigration Legal Department

The Immigration Legal Department continues to accept new clients who can be assisted remotely on a case by case basis.  If you would like to apply for immigration legal services, please complete the Legal Department Contact Form by clicking on the link below:
Legal Department Contact Form

We are still offering citizenship services virtually, for FREEDon’t miss this opportunity to apply using Citizenshipworks, an online service that guides applicants safely through the citizenship application.  You can use this system at home and you will be connected to our staff to answer your legal questions. To apply for citizenship online, click on the link below:


  • Yumana Dubaisi (Supervising Attorney), ydubaisi@iimd.org
  • Nene Tesija-Pocedic (U.S. Department of Justice Accredited Representative), nene@iimd.org
  • Donna Beauregard (Immigration Attorney), donnab@iimd.org
  • Katie Nicastri (U.S. Department of Justice Accredited Representative), knicastri@iimd.org

To our immigration clients, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Detroit Field Office is closed to the public. Please consult their website for updates by clicking on the link below:
USCIS-Detroit Field Office

3. Career Development Department/United Way Center for Working Families

Staff members of the Career Development Department and Center for Working Families continue to accept new clients and to assist them remotely.  Please contact a staff member below for information.

  • Robert E. Sullivan, Jr. (IIMD General Counsel and Director of Career Development), resulliv@umich.edu
  • Brandi Woods (Financial Coach), iimdbrandi@gmail.com
  • Samer Zadoyan (Benefits Coach), samer@iimd.org

4. Global Education Department

  • Nada Dalgamouni (Director of Global Education), nada@iimd.org

For EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE with food, shelter, medical assistance, professional counseling, social services and more, remember that the International Institute is a United Way agency.  Call on your phone 2-1-1 and a United Way operator will answer the phone and one of our partner agencies may be able to assist you.

We understand that these are stressful times and we will do our best to answer your questions and address your concerns.  Please return to this website periodically for updates.

You may also reach us through Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/iimdetroit/



The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD) was founded in Detroit in 1919 by a group of YWCA volunteers, who sought to help legal immigrants learn English, appreciate freedom and democracy, become U.S. citizens, be assimilated into their new communities, and learn to understand each other's cultures.

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What We Offer

Immigration Legal Services

Like those who came before them, today’s immigrants invigorate the economy and enrich our culture, traditions and values. Yet, they face labyrinthine statutes, rules and regulations, multiple layers of bureaucratic intimidation and an increasingly insensitive political climate fueled by nativist feelings.


We are proud to represent these courageous newcomers and their families.


Immigrant Resource Center

IIMD Immigrant Resource Center offers a number of pathways to success and self-sufficiency for Metro Detroit immigrants and  members of the Detroit community, including:

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Career Development and  Job Placement >

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ESL and GED Services >

Job Search and Employability Skills Workshops >


We offer  offers a variety of educational opportunities including employment, finances, citizenship and acculturation for the newly arrived and global languages and cultures for the general public.  MORE >

Spanish Classes >

Global Languages Classes >

English as Second Language (ESL) Classes >

GED Classes>

Citizenship Classes>

History of Detroit Class>

Global Education Programs

urpose of the Global Education program is to expand the knowledge of children and adults about global cultures and widen their views of the world. Take a look at the programs that the Global Education Department conducts.

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If you need a space to locate an office, meetings, banquets, conferences, theatre groups, wedding receptions, graduation parties, we have rental space for you!

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We are proud to own collections, artifacts exhibits and historical rooms that illustrate various nationalities and cultures around the world and tells parts of the history that makes IIMD the way it is today.


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