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September 2016
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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EVENTS

  • The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference will be held September 7-10 in Athens, Greece. The main theme this year is borders and technology. 
  • 13th Annual Immigration Law & Policy Conference, organized by the Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and Georgetown Law,  will take place September 12 in Washington, DC. The conference will offer timely policy and legal analysis as well as thoughtful discussion of key immigration topics facing the country and the incoming administration and Congress. Panels will feature government leaders, researchers, service providers, and other immigration experts.
  • The Immigration, Refugees, Diaspora and Difference: Politics, Policies, and Strategies for Difference and Solidarity in Contemporary Societies Workshop will be held September 13-14 in Poland.
  • The Third International Conference of the "Local Action in Migratory Matters" Network will take place September 22-23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference will discuss findings of investigative work and/or related to migration and human rights and migration and testimonial/artistic/cultural practices.
  • Achieving Education 2030 and Eliminating Child Labour, from the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) and the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), is a course that explores policy measures and program interventions to remove the barriers to education faced by working children as well as children at risk of child labour. It will take place will run from September 26-30 in Turin, Italy. Applications to attend are due on August 19. Those interested in attending may apply online here.  
  • International Social Service - USA's 6th Annual Conference, will take place October 13, 2016 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. This year's conference theme is, The Ties that Bind: Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Children Separated from Their Families Across International Borders, will focus on the legal and human rights of children separated from their biological families across international borders.
  • The International Metropolis Conference 2016 will take place October 24-28, 2016 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. This conference aims to create trust through discussion on migration and integration and lead to a better world with peace and prosperity.
  • The Amistad Institute, hosted by USCCB/MRS' Anti-Trafficking Department, is a weekend of intensive training for anti-trafficking community activists to equip them with the educational tools and resources necessary to prevent human trafficking in immigrant communities. Participants will commit themselves to training and recruiting more trainers in the immigrant communities they have access to. The Institute will take place November 4-6, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Those interested should apply today!
  • The Performing Precarity: Refugee Representation, Determination and Discourses Conference will take place November 21-23 in New Zealand. This interdisciplinary conference is hosted by The Performance of the Real Research Theme and aims to draw together scholars from a wide variety of fields to examine the ethics and politics surrounding refugee representation, determination, and discourses.
  • The National Immigrant Integration Conference will take place December 11-13, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference will address the most relevant topics in integration through program tracks and plenaries and will bring together the nation's best and brightest practitioners, researchers and stakeholders to strategize about immigrant integration and refugee resettlement from the ground up.

Call for Papers

  • To celebrate World Social Work Day 2017 and to contribute to the Global Agenda of Social Work and Social Development, Social Work Education: The International Journal has announced an international competition for social work students. Entries should report and/or promote on the following topics: social justice; challenge stereotypes and make an impact on the lives of both the people that they seek to support; and on students’ understanding of themselves and of the role of social work in the 21st century. These projects should make reference to the part played by social work/social care students. Submissions are due by January 15, 2017.
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FUNDING

  • Safe Places to Play Grant, from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Grants are provided to support all aspects of the game from assisting programs with operational costs to creating Safe Places to Play. A letter of interest is due September 30, 2016.
  • Disney's Friends for Change Grants, award $500 grants to young change makers, ages 5-18, who are working to makes their communities healthier, greener, and stronger. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2016.
  • Grants from Grades K-5, from the Toshiba America Foundation, help support teachers' ideas for innovative hands-on projects for their classrooms and students. Projects must improve teaching and learning in science and mathematics. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2016. 
  • Small Grants for Communities, from the Clif Bar Family Foundation, are for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Successful applicants will demonstrate addressing of the foundation's funding priorities: protecting Earth's beauty and bounty, creating a healthy food system, increasing opportunity for outdoor activity, reducing environmental health hazards, and building stronger communities. Applications are due October 1, 2016.
  • 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize now accepting applications! This award recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live well. Applications are due November 3, 2016.
  • Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Department of Housing and Urban Development, from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will support 10 communities to develop and execute a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2016. 
  • Teacher Vision Grants, from American Electric Power, supports projects that have an academic focus and a goal to improve student achievement. AEP has a special interest in science, mathematics, technology, electrical safety, the balanced study of energy and the environment, and energy efficiency. Teachers of pre-K through Grade 12 who live or teach in the AEP service area or in communities with major AEP facilities are eligible to apply. Applications are due February 24, 2017.
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RESOURCES

Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • Guide: How to Increase Cultural Understanding, from the Vera Institute and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, provides guidelines and training for police officers in engaging with people from all ethnicities and in building trusting relationships with the public. The manual gives practical, field-informed guidance for creating positive, productive relations with all members of our multi-racial, multi-ethnic American population.
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Muslims, from Islamic Network Group (ING), provides answers to the most commonly asked questions ING receives when delivering educational presentations about Muslims and their faith. 
  • Refugee Tales is the retelling of individual's experiences through the use of poems and short stories. Presenting their experiences anonymously, as modern day counterparts to the pilgrim's stories in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, the book offers rare, intimate glimpses into otherwise untold suffering. (Description from source)
  • UNHCR Diagnostic Tool for Alternatives to Camps: 2015 Global Results, from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), aims to assist colleagues in determining the key priority actions needed at the country level to take forward implementation of UNHCR's Policy on Alternatives to Camps. As of March 2015, 92 operations had completed the tool exercise to inform their operational planning for 2016-2017. The consolidated results of the self-assessment exercise also provide a global view of the state of play, the possible opportunities and the constraints UNHCR is facing in translating the Policy into reality at the operational level. (Description from source)

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Going Home, asks the question, "Can home be a place you don't really remember?" Carlos soon finds out when his family goes home for Christmas, driving south across the border to Mexico.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

Child Welfare/Families

Early Childhood

  • 1-2-3 Care Toolkit: A Trauma-Sensitive Toolkit for Caregivers of Children, from the Spokane Regional Health District, is intended to support caregivers on their journey towards trauma sensitivity. It is organized by topic, each section offering a brief overview, specific tools that can be used with children, and where to find more information. Also included are handouts that can be used as teaching aids.

Education

Youth

  • The National Gang Center (NGC) program is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice's mission to provide an array of information and resources on gangs for cities and federal, state, local, and tribal jurisdictions. NGC assists policymakers, researchers, criminal justice practitioners, direct service providers, and other community members in their efforts to reduce gang involvement and street gang activity. NGC achieves its success by providing on- and off- site technical assistance, peer-to-peer information exchange and mentoring, publication development and dissemination, information sharing, and workshop and training events.
  • American Muslim Youth Stereotypes, Risks & Resilience, from the Family and Youth Institute, summarizes the key findings of a recent report, provides recommendations and insight into how individuals, families and communities can support Muslim youth and promote strength and resilience.

Health/Mental Health

Anti-Trafficking

Program Development

  • Toolkits/Resources, from the Innovation Center, offer strategies and lessons from the field on identifying the unique strengths within any community as a foundation for creating lasting change—both in the community and in the individuals of all ages who participate in these efforts.
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