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July 2014
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Learn more today! Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), your information hub for empowering immigrant children and their families!
  • Maya Health Toolkit for Medical Providers supplemental videos, from the Maya Heritage Community Project at Kennesaw State University, include information on prenatal care and diabetes. Both videos are available in Q'anjob'al, Kiche and Mam
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EVENTS

  • The National Migration Conference, Co-hosted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and Catholic Charities USA, will take place July 7- 10, 2014 in Washington, DC.  This year's theme is "In Faith, In Solidarity, In Service" will bring together 800+ service providers in an effort to build the capacity of the Catholic Church and society to advance the life and dignity of the human person in our work with immigrants, migrants, refugees, unaccompanied migrant children, victims of human trafficking, and other vulnerable people on the move.  
  • The 28th Annual Conference on Treatment Foster Care "Happily Ever After? Overcoming Barriers to Permanency & Well-being" will take place July 20-23 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.  The conference will feature over 70 workshops highlighting the best practices being applied in the field.  
  • Welcoming Institute 2014: Leaders Building Community Support for Refugees, will take place on August 28th in Atlanta, GA. During this intensive one day training and yearlong cohort, you will learn ways to foster deeper connections between longer-term, receiving communities members and refugees in your community; consider how you can apply welcoming strategies to new and existing efforts in order to increase their effectiveness; hone your community engagement skills and develop new expertise to take back to share with others in your community; and participate in a peer network to share your expertise and get feedback on your work. Participation is limited to 40 attendees who will be selected based upon their applications.
  • CWLA's National Kinship Conference "Building Communities of Caring for Children and Families" will take place September 17-19 in New Orleans, LA. This conference is a call to bolster the collective knowledge of best practice, policy, program and service development, and to identify areas for further research.  
  • Save the date! 2014 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference: Issues and Innovations will take place October 23-24 in Chicago, IL.
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FUNDING

  • 2014 Comprehensive Anti-gang Strategies and Programs, from U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), provides funding for localities to enhance coordination of federal, state, and local resources in support of community partnerships implementing the following anti-gang programs: primary prevention, secondary prevention, gang intervention, and targeted gang enforcement. The deadline to apply is July 14.  
  • Safe from the Start Initiative, from the U.S. Department of State, aims to reduce the incidence of gender-based violence and ensure quality services for survivors from the very onset of emergencies through timely and effective humanitarian action. Proposal to (1) strengthen prevention and response to GBV at the earliest stages of one or more acute refugee emergencies, and (2) develop and disseminate learning from those experiences to the wider humanitarian community are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is July 15.  
  • Grants for Nonprofits, from the Child Welfare Foundation, must meet one of the Foundation's two basic purposes: to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth; and to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-established organizations, to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society. The deadline to apply is July 15.  
  • Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network on School-Based Health Services (CoIIN-SBHS) Program, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is now accepting applications. The goals of this program are to improve the quality of school-based health centers (SBHCs) and comprehensive school mental health programs (CSMHPs); and (2) expand the number and improve the sustainability of SBHCs and CSMHPs through the spread of innovative and practical policy and finance approaches. The deadline to apply is July 17.   
  • School Justice Collaboration Program: Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court, from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), aims to enhance collaboration and coordination among schools, mental and behavioral health specialists, law enforcement, and juvenile justice officials to help students succeed in school and prevent negative outcomes for youth and communities. The deadline to apply is July 21. 
  • The American Honda Foundation's STEM Grants fund programs that support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. The deadline to apply is August 1.  
  • The Family and Youth Services Bureau is now accepting applications for approximately three 24-month cooperative agreements to implement demonstration projects that will build and sustain coordinated services for domestic victims of severe forms of human trafficking. Letters of intent are due by July 14 and applications are due by August 11.
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RESOURCES

Migration/Resettlement Awareness

For Refugee/Immigrant Children and Youth

  • Making it Home: Real-life Stories from Children Forced to Flee, is a collection of children's experiences about becoming refugees. The book includes maps and brief histories of each country and helps to educate young people about the world, enabling them to understand the ways in which children everywhere have the same desires, despite their place of birth. (Description from source)

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Journey of Hope: Cultural Orientation for Refugee Women in the United States, curriculum from the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), includes six modules that address: applied life skills; parenting; child care; health and wellness; domestic violence; and public benefits and community services. Each module includes objectives, a list of materials needed to conduct the module, steps for trainers, and activities.

Child Welfare/Families

  • Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State: Care and Contested Interest, draws on U.S. historical, political, legal, and institutional practices to contextualize the lives of children and youth as they move through federal detention facilities, immigration and family courts, federal foster care programs, and their communities across the United States and Central America.
  • Parental Rights and Family Unity, migrant resources from the Women's Refugee Commission, aim to assist immigrant women whose parental rights have been violated, and sometimes terminated, because they have been detained or deported. Key reports and resources include Detained or Deported: What About My Children?: A Toolkit for Detained Parents with Child Custody Concerns, Detained or Deported?: A Brief Guide to Maintaining Custody of Your Children, Make a Plan: Undocumented Migrant Parents' Guide to Preventing Family Separation, and Torn Apart by Immigration Enforcement: Parental Rights and Immigration Detention. These resources are also available in Spanish.  
  • Representing Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Proceedings, a podcast from Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), discusses the plight of unaccompanied children who migrate to the U.S. and the need for volunteer attorneys to represent children in immigration proceedings.  
  • "Giving Voice to Unaccompanied Children in Removal Proceedings", from the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution, discusses the need for legislative reform to address the needs of unaccompanied migrant children involved in removal proceedings. The author calls for reform that mandates the appointment of legal counsel and personal representatives for unaccompanied children involved in these proceedings. (Description from source)  
  • "Almost There: Unaccompanied Alien Children, Immigration Reform, and a Meaningful Opportunity to Participate in the Immigration Process", from University of California's Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy, outlines the current state of the law as it relates to representation for unaccompanied children, traces the complex immigration process, outlining why most unaccompanied children cannot meaningfully participate in that process without representation, considers current needs and coverage and explains why current practices do not sufficiently meet unaccompanied children's needs, and argues that guaranteeing representation for this vulnerable population is legally and economically sound. (Description from source)

Early Childhood

  • "Talking Across Cultures in Early Intervention: Finding Common Ground to Meet Children's Communication Needs", from Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, uses a collectivist-individualist framework to illustrate differences in cultural beliefs, values, and expectations surrounding the role of caregivers and service providers—specifically speech-language pathologists—working with young children. The article highlights how an understanding of the origins of these cultural attitudes can help bridge differences and avoid frustration for caregivers and dissatisfaction among service providers. (Description from source)

Education 

  • Education Reform in a Changing Georgia: Promoting High School and College Success for Immigrant Youth, from the Migration Policy Institute's (MPI) National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy (NCIIP), examines the high school achievement and adult education and post-secondary success of immigrants and the children of immigrants in Georgia. These youth now account for one in five residents between ages 16 and 26 in the state. The report, which provides one of the first cross-system analyses of the educational experiences of Georgia first- and second-generation youth, draws on fieldwork conducted in Gwinnett County, home to the largest immigrant population in Georgia, and DeKalb County, the state's top refugee resettlement destination. (Description from source)

Youth Development

Health/Mental Health

  • "School and Community-based Interventions for Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children: A Systematic Review", from PLoS ONE, reviews the literature on school and community-based interventions aimed at reducing psychological disorders in refugee and asylum-seeking children.  
  • The National Partnership for Community Training (NCPT) is available to assist refugee and mainstream providers, in communities that do not have a torture treatment program, to develop a system of mental health care for newly arrived refugees.  Recently, NCPT worked with Church World Service and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work on a project to develop a mental health screening process for early detection of emotional distress among refugees.  
  • Responding to Challenges of Misuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs by Young People of Refugee Backgrounds, from Foundation House, shares reflections from two projects which targeted young men from refugee backgrounds, who were disengaged or disengaging from family, community and educational and employment pathways, had been engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as alcohol and drug misuse and were becoming marginalized from society. The report offers recommendations for the consideration of policy makers, service providers and staff to enable them to engage and work more effectively with young people of refugee backgrounds who may be particularly vulnerable to alcohol and drug misuse.

Trafficking

  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2014, from the U.S. Department of State, includes assessments of what almost every government in the world is doing to combat modern slavery, and takes a hard look at the journey from victim to survivor, making recommendations and highlighting effective practices that, if implemented, could ease the path forward for countless survivors around the world. (Description from source)  
  • Screening for Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Administering the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool (TVIT), from the Vera Institute of Justice, assists victim service providers and law enforcement when faced with someone who may be a victim of human trafficking. The tool, a 30-topic questionnaire, was tested by service providers and validated by Vera researchers, is the result of a two-year study funded by the National Institute of Justice.

Program Development

  • Start a Youth Program, a guide from The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, is meant for adults or other youth who want to start a youth-serving program. The guide is divided into four parts, each with a series of videos featuring "Tamara," a youth and family services professional, and other downloadable tools. (Description from source)
  • Celebrating Refugees: Events and Messages that Move People, an archived Webinar from Welcoming America, discusses ways to use messaging and events to promote the positive contributions of refugees to their communities. Also check out the Reframing Refugees: Messaging Toolkit. (Description from source)
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