What's New

May 2016




  • Immigrant & Refugee Resources Section Webinar Series happening throughout May! Catholic Charities USA is hosting a webinar series that will explore the challenges faced by refugees and immigrants trying to adapt to life in America. The webinars will be held at 2pm EST on the following Tuesdays in May: May 3rd-Afghanis; May 10th-Congolese; May 17th-Guatemalans; May 24th-Syrians
  • Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) Biennial National Convening, "Stronger Together: Immigrants, Philanthropy, and the American Dream", will be held May 3-5, 2016 in Austin, Texas. This year, GCIR is partnering with The Moth, the Peabody Award-winning nonprofit dedicated to the craft of first-person storytelling, to feature the experiences of immigrants and refugees during a live storytelling event.
  • The 2016 Summer Course on Refugees and Forced Migration at York University in Ontario, Canada, will take place May 9-13, 2016. The course is designed for academic and field-based practitioners already working on/studying forced migration/refugee issues. Participants typically include government officials, non-government organization personnel, university faculty, and graduate students. Topics include Forced displacement: International case studies; UNHCR, the Convention and the International Refugee Regime; Refugee resettlement: policy & practice; Age, gender and diversity mainstreaming in forced migration; Sexual minority refugee determination; Legal approaches to refugee studies; Borders and the externalization of asylum; Child migration; Health and refugees; and, the future of forced migration.
  • Latino Health Conference 2016 will take place May 12, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. This year's theme is Latino Youth: A Glimpse into Baltimore's Future. The conference will address topics of high priority suggested by community partners, such as intergenerational gaps in mental health support, communication, reunification, acculturation, teen pregnancy, and educational opportunities and barriers for immigrant and U.S. born Latinos.
  • Suicidality among Refugees, a webinar hosted by the National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT), will take place May 17 at 1:00 PM EST. The presentation will discuss engaging refugee communities around suicide prevention, addressing suicide in a clinical setting, and training materials for suicide prevention and intervention.
  • Educators and Counselors Prevent Bullying of Muslim Youth, a webinar from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), will take place May 23 at 2:00 PM EST. This webinar will discuss civil rights, bullying and harassment, basic cultural competence, behavioral health implications of bullying, and resources for protecting America's Muslim youth.
  • Study on Unaccompanied Children: Factors in Successful Integration, a webinar from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), will take place May 24 at 2:00 PM EST. It will address promising practices in case management and key service areas such as education and legal services, and the importance of youth strengths and relational support. Discussion will include an opportunity for you to provide input on recommendations to stakeholders for ways to support and improve services to this unique population.
  • The MELLFIN 12th Annual Conference will take place May 25, 2016 in Arnold, Maryland. This year's conference will focus on equity for ELL students and families.
  • The Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency will take place June 1-3, 2016 in Washington, DC. This conference will provide an opportunity to learn about the latest findings from evaluations of social welfare programs and policies, discuss ways to incorporate findings into the design and implementation of programs, and develop strategies for future evaluations.
  • 3rd Annual Global Social Service Workforce Symposium will take place June 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year's theme is Strengthening the Continuum of Care for Vulnerable Children and Families. Presentations will focus on ways in which planning, developing and supporting the social service workforce has changed over the past five years and has led to more effective services to children and families and a stronger continuum of care.
  • National CASA/GAL Annual Conference will take place June 4-7, 2016 in National Harbor, Maryland. This year's theme, "One Network – Many Voices for Children", will provide a venue for foster youth to share both positive and negative impacts of the foster care system on their lives and include workshops on volunteer engagement, developing programs that support youth, recognizing and addressing secondary trauma, collaborating with U.S. school systems, and more!
  • Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on the Protection of Migrants' Rights in the Mediterranean will hold its second Open Sea Summer School on Migration, Sea Border Control and Human Rights from June 6-13, 2016 in Naples, Italy. The full program of teaching and cultural activities can be accessed through the Centre's website, alongside the application form, at: www.jmcemigrants.eu. The closing date for applications is March 31, 2016.
  • Cambio de Colores 15th Annual Conference will take place June 8-10, 2016 in Columbia, Missouri. This year's theme is "Latinos in the Heartland: Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunity". This multistate conference focuses on the integration of immigrants in new destination areas. It is a professional development opportunity that engages practitioners, researchers, and those working in communities with new immigrant populations to share experiences and knowledge that facilitate the integration of immigrants. 
  • 6th Annual North American Refugee Health Conference will take place June 12-14, 2016 in Niagara Falls, New York. This conference is for professionals working with refugee populations and will cover the following topics: Advocacy; Chronic and infectious diseases; Mental health; Migration and settlement; Models of care; Nutrition; Pediatrics; Primary care; Program development; Refugee screening; Research & education; Specialty care; Women's health; and Vaccines & disease prevention.
  • 13th IMISCOE Annual Conference will take place June 30-July 2, 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. IMISCOE welcomes contributions from scholars in various disciplines and on all aspects of migration, integration and ethnic studies.
  • 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 16th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) will take place July 12-15, 2016 in Poland. This year's conference theme is Rethinking Forced Migration and Displacement: Theory, Policy, and Praxis.
  • The 2016 COA Conference will take place July 17-19, 2016 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.
  • The 28th Annual Crimes against Children Conference will take place August 8-11 in Dallas, Texas. This conference provides practical and interactive instruction to those fighting crimes against children and helping children heal. Sessions of particular interest to BRYCS network include Child Sex Trafficking: Effective Strategies for Recovery Planning & Victim Engagement and Gang Endangered Children.
  • The 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect will take place August 31 - September 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. This conference will bring together professionals, researchers, policy makers, parents, and volunteers from a wide variety of disciplines who share a commitment to ensuring the well-being of children and families. This year's theme, Building Community, Building Hope, acknowledges the tremendous power in communities to address the problem of child abuse and neglect. 
  • The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) is now accepting applications for its 2016 School-Justice Partnerships Certificate Program: Fostering Success for Youth at Risk to be held September 26–30, 2016, in Washington, DC. This program, held in partnership with the American Institutes for Research, will provide information for school and district staff, juvenile justice and court professionals, law enforcement, and child-serving leaders to address the needs of youth involved in—or at risk of entering—the juvenile justice system. The deadline to apply is June 17, 2016.
  • Save the Date! 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.


  • Asylees as Authors' Scholarship Competition 2016 is now open! They are accepting fiction short stories from aslyees and refugees to be put in the running for scholarships. Two scholarships are available: first place is $5000 and second place is $1000 to be paid directly to the school the winners are attending. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2016, and winners will be announced on June 17, 2016.
  • Safe Place to Play Grants, 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 May 27, 2016.
  • Ethnic Community Self-Help Program, from Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), supports Ethnic Community-Based Organizations (ECBOs) in providing refugee populations with critical services to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2016. 
  • Information Campaign Grants, from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, support the dissemination of information about new and innovative programs designed to benefit youth, or for information already possessed by well-established organizations. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2016.
  • The Giving Program, from Walmart, has three different programs, the National Giving Program, State Giving Program, and the Community Grant Program for organizations to apply to. All three programs focus on these key areas: hunger relief and healthy eating; sustainability; women's economic empowerment; and career opportunity. The deadline is rolling.


Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • Refugee Resettlement in the United States, from the U.S. Department of State, provides data and numbers on refugees resettled in the U.S. This factsheet covers reasons why the U.S. participates in refugee resettlement and is also available in Spanish. 
  • Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States, from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), compiles data from MPI, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and State, Mexico's National Population Council and National Institute of Statistics and Geography, and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The article answers questions such as: What is the size of the overall immigrant population, and how does its share of the total U.S. population compare with earlier eras? How many people immigrate to the U.S.? How many become U.S. citizens? What jobs do immigrants hold? (Description from source)
  • Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) Colloquium Series, from George Mason University, brings together researchers, academics, and policy-makers to share their work related to immigration. It occurs on a monthly basis.
  • Immigrants and WIOA Services: Comparison of Sociodemographic Characteristics of Native- and Foreign-Born Adults in the United States, from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), cover the top 20 states and the top 25 counties with the largest immigrant populations across the U.S. These fact sheets provide objective data that can be used by government leaders and community stakeholders who seek to ensure that service planning efforts take full account of the diverse needs of immigrant adult learners and workers intended to be served under the law. Ideas for actions state and local officials can take to more smartly and fairly implement the law can be found here.
  • Why Unaccompanied Egyptian Children Are Migrating to Europe, from International Organization for Migration (IOM), looks at the driving forces behind unaccompanied children traveling irregularly from Egypt to Europe and their vulnerability. The report provides recommendations covering prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership for the development of a multidisciplinary response to address irregular migration of unaccompanied migrant children.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Overcoming Barriers: A Toolkit for Helping Refugees Adjust to Life in the United States, from the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), provides people who work with refugees a brief introduction to the variety of challenges that refugees face including crisis, symptoms of mental illness, and emergency situations. Materials have been designed to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of the audience, which includes refugee community leaders, case managers, and volunteers. This resource is also available in Spanish.  
  • Translations of Citizenship Test Questions, from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), are translations of the U.S. History/Government test questions for the Citizenship Test. There is also a study guide available. Languages include: Arabic, Albanian, Amharic, Bosnian, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Lao, Oromo, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Telegu, Thai, Tigrigna, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
  • Interactive Immigrant Integration Map, from Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) and Welcoming America, shows initiatives across the U.S. that support immigrant and U.S.-born entrepreneurs, promote citizenship and financial empowerment, improve public safety and access to services, and advance education and workforce goals to help regions compete in the global economy. The map provides detailed information about and examples from the communities that have embraced this work, as well as guidance for those seeking to replicate successful programs and policies. (Description from source)

Child Welfare/Families

Early Childhood


  • Ensuring Every Undocumented Student Succeeds: A Report on Access to Public Education for Undocumented Children, from Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute Fact-Finding Project, investigates how schools and communities have met challenges in ensuring access to education for undocumented children. This report also examines enrollment procedures and services available to undocumented students once they are enrolled.
  • Refugees Kids: One Small School Takes on the World is a short documentary that follows students at a New York City summer program. The program is for children seeking asylum in the US from the world's most volatile conflicts. The film presents an intimate account of the students' stories of escaping war and conflict and resettling in America, chronicling their triumphs and setbacks as their lives unfold over the course of one summer.
  • A Parent's Guide to Bullying Prevention, from Partnership University, is designed to help parents better understand what bullying is and how to prevent it. This interactive guide provides an overview of key terms and concepts, tips on understanding a child's natural temperament, strategies for working with children who are either the target of bullying, bully others, or bystanders, and guidance on communicating with a school/teacher about bullying.
  • Mawi Learning Super ELs is a unique English learning (EL) training program for students between 7-12 grades. It can used in or out of the classroom and focuses not just on EL or academic content (math, science, history, other subjects), but also asserts that the social emotional learning (confidence, sense of belonging, pride in one's culture, grit, goal-setting) of students in the key to their success in the U.S. school system.


Health/Mental Health


  • Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining the Global Challenges and U.S. Response covers the history and present-day reality of child sexual exploitation, as well as the interconnected web of domestic and transnational federal laws and law enforcement efforts launched. The book offers proscriptive and descriptive practical advice and reform proposals aimed at those involved at all levels in this difficult area.
  • The SOAR to Health and Wellness Training, from HHS/Administration for Children and Families, was designed to help providers Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to human trafficking. The SOAR curriculum is grounded in the public health approach that 1) places human trafficking along a spectrum of inter-related violence 2) understands the ripple effects of trauma and 3) encourages cultural-specific intervention efforts.

Program Development