- Ask BRYCS! Now accepting technical assistance inquiries! Bridging
Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), is
pleased to announce that we have been chosen by the Office of Refugee
Resettlement (ORR) to provide technical assistance to newcomer families and
those that serve them. For more than
a decade, BRYCS has served as an information hub aimed at empowering immigrant
children and their families. BRYCS overall goal is to facilitate information sharing
and collaboration to strengthen the capacity of refugee-serving and mainstream
organizations across the U.S., ensuring the successful development and
integration of refugee children, youth, and their families. We looking forward to providing you with the most useful technical assistance (TA) and
resources throughout the year!
- MRS' 50th Anniversary! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS). Join us for a one-day symposium and evening celebration scheduled for November 19, 2015 in Washington, DC.
- The 2015 National Immigration Integration Conference (NIIC) will take place December 12-15 in Brooklyn, New York. NIIC 2015 will build on 7 years of partnership and innovation in shaping immigrant inclusion and integration in America and serve as a collaborative table where policy, business, nonprofit, labor, academic, faith, community, and philanthropic sectors build solutions together.
- The Chadwick's Center 30th Annual International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment will take place January 25-28, 2016 in San Diego, California. The conference focuses on multi-disciplinary best-practice efforts to prevent, if possible, or otherwise to investigate, treat, and prosecute child and family maltreatment. Representatives from Migration and Refugee Services will be presenting on Strengthening Immigrant Families and Preventing Family Breakdown as well as Promoting Trauma-Informed and Culturally-Sensitive Care for Immigrant Children in the U.S.
- Call for proposals! The Foster Family-based Treatment Association's (FFTA) 30th Annual Conference
will take place July 10-13, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The
Conference Committee is interested in receiving proposals for new
advance-level workshops on topics that cover new strategies,
interventions, models, and theories that can be used by experienced
family-based treatment professionals who have clinical management,
administrative, research, evaluation, training, or supervision
responsibilities. The deadline to submit proposals is December 16, 2015.
Save the date! The 2016
- COA Conference will take place July 17-19 in New York, New York. The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, accreditor of organizations that provide social and behavioral health services to at-risk populations. COA researches and publishes best practice standards and engages organizations in a comprehensive review with the goal of strengthening and improving their capacity, administration and management functions and service delivery.
- Community Grant Program, from the Walmart Foundation, will award local
nonprofits that help residents within the service area of individual Walmart
stores. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2015.
Grant Program, from
the Captain Planet Foundation, is designed to encourage innovative initiatives
that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work
individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes,
schools and communities. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2016.
- Education, Community and Health Grants,
from the RGK Foundation, support a broad range of human services, community
improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. The Foundation's
current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote
the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health
services. The deadline to apply is rolling.
- Health Reform Grants, from Public Welfare
Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in
need. The grants focus on three program areas: Criminal Justice, Juvenile
Justice and Workers’ Rights. Letters of inquiries are accepted throughout the
- Program Grants, from the America Savings
Foundation support programs that focus on education, human services, or arts
& culture. Programs must primarily serve residents in one or more of the
64-towns served by American Savings Foundation. The deadline is rolling.
Migration & Resettlement Awareness
- Central American Immigrants in the United
States, from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), examines this growing
population, countries of origin, distribution by state and key cities, and
additional demographics such as language and English proficiency, age,
education, employment, and more.
- The Deaths at the Borders Database, from VU
University in Amsterdam, is the first collection of official, state-produced
evidence on people who died while attempting to reach southern European Union
(EU) countries from the Balkans, the Middle East, and North & West Africa,
and whose bodies were found in or brought to Europe. One
of its aims is to investigate the relationship between migrant mortality and
European border policies.
- Language Portal, from the Migration and Policy Institute's (MPI) National
Center on Immigrant Integration Policy (NCIIP), offers one-stop access to
thousands of state and local agency documents—including contracts, planning
reports, and translated material—used to provide services to Limited English
Proficiency (LEP) individuals.
For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth
- Welcome to the United
States: A Guidebook for Refugees, from the Center for Applied Linguistics
(CAL), is now available in Dari and Spanish. This book contains valuable
information to help refugees prepare for their first few months in the United
States. It discusses what to expect as refugees settle into their new homes,
look for work, meet people in the U.S., and adjust to American culture and society.
- The 'Integration
Policies: Who Benefits?' project, led by the
Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) and the Migration Policy
Group (MPG), aims to show how countries are promoting integration. This is
achieved through the Migrant Integration Policy Index, which gives you an
overview of migrants' opportunities to participate in society.
- The Refugee Center (RCO),
helps refugees in the U.S. through education and community building. The
website provides a basic overview and background of life in the U.S., and is available
in refugee languages. The overview includes education, career, health, daily
life, rights and laws, culture, and features an interactive, online Citizenship
Preparation course to prepare refugees for the naturalization process. Coming
soon is an online GED Preparation course.
- Mayan language Central
American Minor (CAM) Program videos, developed by the United States Conference
of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) in partnership
with the Maya Heritage Foundation, aim to help raise awareness of the CAM-AOR
program among speakers of Mayan languages. The Central American Minor (CAM)
Program was established by the U.S. State Department in December 2014 to allow
qualifying parents residing in the United States to apply for refugee status
for their minor children in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. The goal of
the program is to establish a safe and legal alternative to an otherwise
dangerous journey for children in these three countries in need of protection. In
addition to an abbreviated version in Spanish, educational videos were created
in Acateco, Chuj, Ixil, Mam, Quanjobal, and Kiche. Each video provides a
general overview of the CAM program as well as information on locating the
nearest R&P affiliate for additional information on eligibility and the
American Minors Backgrounder, from the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange
(CORE), aims to support Resettlement Agency staff who receive and welcome these
children, and to aid others in host communities—educators, health
professionals, social workers, government officials, and members of the general
public—who may be engaged to help Central American Minor refugees adjust to
life in the United States.
- At the Crossroads for
Unaccompanied Migrant Children: Policy, Practice & Protection, a report
from the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), examines the U.S.
system of protecting and caring for unaccompanied children. Recommendations
that include: 1) apprehensions, screening, and referrals to the office of
refugee resettlement, 2) access to justice, 3) family reunification, 4) post
release services, 5) improving coordination and 6) oversight and accountability.
- Post-Release: Linking
Unaccompanied Immigrant Children to Family and Community, from the University
of South Carolina, describes the need for post-release services for certain unaccompanied
alien children. Drawing on case studies of four post-release service programs
run by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), this report documents
the scope of services provided by these programs, the needs of UAC who the
Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has classified as "at-risk," and
the enormous challenges UAC face to finding the services and resources they need.
- FAQ: Protecting
Unaccompanied Children from Trafficking or Other Harm, from Lutheran
Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), explains the family reunification
process for unaccompanied children, the Office of Refugee Resettlement's protection
mechanisms for them, and offers an analysis of ORR shifts in policy from 2014
- Unaccompanied Child
Migrants in U.S. Communities, Immigration Court, and Schools, from Migration Policy
Institute (MPI), examines refugee resettlement data, immigration court
data and policies adopted by individual school districts to offer a portrait of
where unaccompanied minors are settling, how they are faring in immigration
courts, what types of services are available to them and how schools are
adapting to their arrival. A webinar, Unaccompanied Child Migrants in the United
States: How Are They Faring?, discussing this topic, has also been archived.
- Talking is Teaching Community Guide and
Resources, from Too Small to Fail, are designed to help tackle the word gap and
support early learning and brain development. Resources are available in both
English and Spanish and include tips for families, the benefits of being
bilingual, tips for using language at home and in the community, tips for
infant and toddler teachers and caregivers, tips for preschool teachers and
other early childhood education program providers, tips for health care
professionals, and more!
- Serving Newcomer Immigrant
and Refugee Students in Secondary Schools: Comparing U.S. and European
Practices, an archived webinar from Migration Policy Institute (MPI), explores
some of the urgent challenges facing school system leaders and educators as
they seek ways to support these students and improve graduation rates. (Description from source)
Educational Experiences of Refugee Children in Countries of First Asylum, from
Migration Policy Institute (MPI), draws upon field-based case studies involving
refugee children in Bangladesh, Burundi, Egypt, Kenya, Malaysia, and Uganda to
examine how pre-resettlement educational experiences can affect how children
encounter school and the relationships they form with their teachers and peers.
An archived webinar discussing this topic, will soon be available.
- The Academic Engagement of Newly Arriving Somali
Bantu Students in a U.S. Elementary School, from Migration Policy Institute
(MPI), traces the significant academic and behavioral challenges experienced by
a group of newly arrived Somali Bantu students in a Chicago elementary school.
The researchers, who spent two years monitoring the progress of these refugee
students, also tracked the pressures placed on teachers and other school staff
in dealing with this unique population, as well as their attitudes towards the
students and teaching strategies. (Description from source)
- "A Well-Founded Fear:
Children's Literature about Refugees and its Role in the Primary Classroom", a
dissertation from Goldsmiths University of London, identifies a new genre in
writing for young people which has developed rapidly since the millennium,
namely that of children's literature about refugees. It questions whether these
books have a role to play in understanding and validating the circumstances of
refugees in the primary classroom. (Description from source)
- The Educational and Mental
Health Needs of Syrian Refugee Children, from Migration Policy Institute (MPI),
reviews intervention programs in the Middle East,
Europe and the United States, finding that some community-based initiatives
developed for refugee populations show promise for addressing the education and
mental health needs of Syrian children. It provides recommendations for best
practices to address the mental health of Syrian refugee children, including
offering quality, tailored education and mental health services that are
culturally appropriate and that help the children embrace their new home and
learn the host-country language without losing their ties to Syrian culture.
(Description from source)
- Pathways to Wellness, a
partnership between Lutheran Community Services NW, Asian Counseling and
Referral Service, Public Health Seattle & King County, and Dr. Michael
Hollifield of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, provides
training for mental health providers to effectively deliver services to refugee
populations, and partner with refugee communities to better understand and
address mental health issues.
Refugee Mental Health Stigma by Leveraging Community Leaders, an archived
webinar from the National Partnership of Community Training (NPCT), focuses on
addressing ways to reduce stigma around mental health issues among providers
and refugee communities by leveraging refugee community leaders to engage with
providers and relevant agencies. (Description from source)
- Bibliography of Research-based
Literature on Human Trafficking, from the Institute for the Study of
International Migration (ISIM), includes a list of research-based articles,
reports, and books on various aspects of trafficking of persons—adults and
children—across international borders. (Description from source)
- Across Ages: Program Development and Training Manual, provides step-by-step direction for developing each component of Across Ages:
intergenerational mentoring; community service; a life skill program; and
family activities. Although designed as a comprehensive
multi-intervention project, each component can be implemented independently or
in combination. Program forms, evaluation materials, and training designs