- BRYCS Blog and Forum! Share. Collaborate. Build Capacity. Are you a service provider working with newcomers families? Share resources and learn from each other's experiences! Join the dialogue by posting a new comment or replying to an existing comment. We look forward to helping you build your capacity to empower immigrant children and their families! Check out BRYCS' latest blogs on Refugee 101: With a Special Look at Child-Specific Issues and Child Victims of Human Trafficking: Outcomes & Service Adaptation within the URM Program, as well as a new forum question on best practices for talking to newcomers about a sensitive topic.
- New Promising Practices! Refugee Youth Summer Academy builds students' classroom readiness skills through exposure to a rigorous English language academic curriculum, facilitate their social and cultural adjustment to the academic environment, and empowering parents to be partners and advocates in their children's education. Another new program is Refugees Starting Over in Utica, NY. This is an information hub by, for, and about resettled refugees in Utica, New York. The program organizes events and activities to connect the university community with the refugee community, facilitates the creation of media related to refugees, and collects and hosts the collection of 20,000+ photographs of refugees in Utica.
- June is Immigrant Heritage Month! Share your unique story with the #IAmAnImmigrant campaign that will encourage all of us to explore our individual heritage & recognize our distinct and shared experiences.
- June 12th is the World Day against Child Labor! See what USCCB/MRS' is doing to fight against child labor and trafficking.
- June 20th is World Refugee Day! USCCB/MRS is celebrating by hosting a screening of the film, Refugee Kids, at Catholic University of America and a reception at Busboys and Poets-Brookland to hear from refugees themselves. Join us and find out more about these events here. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us what you are doing to commemorate #WorldRefugeeDay! And be sure to follow USCCB on Facebook all month long for short stories about the refugees we have served nationwide.
- Framework for Cooperation between the United States Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, from the U.S. Department of State, is now available! This document focuses on four elements: 1) shared objectives and priorities; 2) UNHCR's biennial budget; 3) continued consolidation of UNHCR's results-based managerial reforms; and 4) improved accountability and monitoring.
- Texts on U.S. Citizenship Now Available! CLINIC has announced a texting campaign, Text4Refugees, available in English, Arabic, Nepali, Somali and Spanish. Subscribers will receive several messages a month with information about citizenship requirements, benefits and resources to use when applying.
Conferences & Trainings
- Promoting Migrant and Refugee Integration, an e-learning course from The Global Human Rights Education and Training Centre, will take place June 1-July 12, 2016. This course will focus on issues related to labor market access, family reunification, access to education and education support programs for migrant children, access to residence permits and nationality, civil and political rights and anti-discrimination policies, and addresses complex matters such as the integration of irregular migrants and especially vulnerable groups.
- 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.
- 2016 National Family and Community Engagement Conference will take place June 20-22, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This year's conference is designed to support all those committed to high impact, evidence-based family and community engagement strategies regardless of role. Parents, students and families, teachers and other educators, school and district administrators, and those working in or with community-based organizations will encounter multiple examples of quality program practice and in-depth exploration that links what we know works from research with successful approaches in a variety of school and community contexts.
- The 2016 National Association of Social Workers National Conference will take place June 22-25, 2016 in Washington, DC. This year's theme is Leading Change, Transforming Lives and will cover the power of leadership, promoting social equity and justice, advancing clinical social work practice, and innovations in practice.
- 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.
- Hope, Help, and Healing: A Catholic Response to Domestic Violence and Abuse, a two day symposium hosted by The Catholic University of America (CUA), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington, and Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington, will take place July 7-8, 2016 in Washington, DC. The goal of the symposium is to ensure that every Catholic parish in the country has the tools it needs to respond compassionately and appropriately to an individual or couple experiencing intimate partner abuse. Registration is free.
- The Foster Family-based Treatment Association's (FFTA) 30th Annual Conference will take place July 10-13, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Join over 600 family-based service professionals and foster parents for over 90 workshops highlighting best practices being applied in the
- 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,
- 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 Model Programs Guide iGuides webinar will take place July 19, 2016 from 1:00-2:30 PM. This webinar will provide an overview of MPG, the development of the MPG iGuides, and how communities can use them to address problems. Register for this free webinar.
- 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 8th Tensions of Europe Conference will be held September 7-10 in Athens. The main theme this year is borders and technology.
- 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.
- 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.
Call for Papers
- The Acta Universitatis Carolinae invites
authors to submit theoretical, empirical and review articles for a 2016 special
issue. Articles should focus on migration in North America, Europe, and Eurasia
throughout the modern history up to the present. Contributions covering
transnational aspects of migration will also be welcome. Abstracts are due June
- The Journal of Migration and Human
Security is now accepting articles for a special issue on the 20th Anniversary
of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996
(IIRIRA). Articles can focus on three areas: (1) factors that led to and
influenced the enactment of IIRIRA; (2) intended as well as unintended
consequences and the costs and benefits (both quantitative and qualitative)
that derived from IIRIRA; and (3) ways that the law can be improved in the
future. The deadline for proposals is July 8.
- 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.
- KaBoom Play Everywhere Challenge, from KaBoom, is a national
competition that will award $1 million in prizes for the best
replicable, scalable innovations in city redevelopment and design that
help make play easy, available and fun for kids and families. Submit
your idea by June 5!
- Street Outreach Program, from the U.S. Administration for Children and Families (ACF), aims to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, or sexual exploitation. The deadline to apply is July 5.
- 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.
- Health Grants, from the Commonwealth Fund, support independent research on health and social issues aimed at improving health care practice and policy. Letters of Inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis.
- Charitable Giving Grants, from Walgreens, are given to organizations that concentrate on the following areas: access to health and wellness in their community; pharmacy education programs and mentoring initiatives; civic and community outreach; emergency and disaster relief. The deadline is rolling.
Migration & Resettlement Awareness
- Global Migration Trends 2015 Factsheet, from International Organization for Migration (IOM), presents a snapshot of the migration trends worldwide for the year 2015, based on migration statistics from a variety of sources. In 2015, the number of international migrants worldwide was the highest ever recorded.
- Myths and Facts on Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Assistance, from the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, is a factsheet that addresses many of the common misconceptions that people have of refugees and what the U.S. is doing.
- Security Screening of Refugees Admitted to the United States, from U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), is an infographic that demonstrates the long process refugees go through before coming to the United States.
- Abrazos, tells the story of the transformational journey of a group of U.S. citizen children who travel 3,000 miles, from Minnesota to Guatemala, to meet their grandparents for the first time. After being separated for nearly two decades, these families are able to share stories, strengthen traditions and begin to reconstruct their cultural identity.
- #NotTheSame aims to raise awareness and to break the "model minority" myth that assumes all young Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are successful and have unlimited access to college and opportunities. This campaign was inspired by the unheard AAPI stories of homelessness, poverty, refugee struggles, bullying and prejudice.
For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth
- Free Being Me Activity Packs and Leader Guide, from the Free Being Me Team based at the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Bureau in London, UK, teaches children and young people that body confidence and self-esteem come from valuing their bodies, how to stand up to social pressures, and support others to be more body confident. Available for immediate download in Arabic and Swahili and more refugee languages are available upon request.
- Ten Facts About U.S. Refugee Resettlement, a new fact sheet from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), examines some of the key questions, and provides answers regarding refugees' employment and educational attainment, use of public benefits and poverty levels, economic advancement and citizenship acquisition, the screening protocols for would-be refugees, and the likely integration picture for Syrian refugees.
- Belonging Nowhere: Marginalization & Radicalization Risk among Muslim Immigrants, from the Behavioral Science and Policy Association, examines the factors that would drive Muslim immigrants in a Western country to become radicalized, even at the cost of their own lives. The authors surveyed 198 Muslims in the United States about their cultural identities and attitudes toward extremism. The study found that immigrants who identify with neither their heritage culture nor the culture they are living in feel marginalized and insignificant. Experiences of discrimination make the situation worse and lead to greater support for radicalism.
- Rural Refugee Resettlement: Secondary Migration and Community Integration in Fort Morgan, Colorado, research from the United Nation's High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), fills an important gap in the refugee resettlement field as a pilot study of rural refugee integration in the small town of Fort Morgan, Colorado. Fort Morgan has a population of 11,400, including over 1,000 Somali refugees, the majority of whom moved to the area to work at a local meatpacking plant within the past seven years.
- Divided by Borders: Mexican Migrants and Their Children, probes the experiences of migrant parents, children in Mexico, and their caregivers for an up-close and personal account of the lives of families divided by borders. The author finds that the difficulties endured by transnational families make it nearly impossible for parents' sacrifices to result in the benefits they expect. Yet, paradoxically, these hardships reinforce family members' commitments to each other.
- PreventForcedMarriage.org, is the first and only U.S.-based website exclusively devoted to providing lifesaving resources and information to individuals facing or fleeing forced marriages, as well as advocates across the U.S. The site features safety tips, a digital resource library, an online portal to get help and request technical assistance, and many more resources for individuals facing forced marriage and the people who are in a position to help them. A curriculum on forced marriage is available here.
- Deferred Action for Unauthorized Immigrant Parents: Analysis of DAPA's Potential Effects on Families and Children, from Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the Urban Institute, describes the population of 3.6 million unauthorized immigrant parents potentially eligible for DAPA and the likely impacts of the program on potential recipients and their children. The report finds that more than 10 million people live in households with at least one potentially DAPA-eligible adult, including some 4.3 million children under age 18—an estimated 85% of whom are U.S. citizens.
- Best Practices and Key Challenges on Interagency Cooperation to Safeguard Unaccompanied Children, from Missing Children Europe, addresses how the issue of the disappearance of an unaccompanied child is tackled in different European countries and promotes promising strategies and behaviors related to the prevention and response to disappearances. The document outlines child protection systems needs and after care service provision once a child is located.
- Technology for Family Engagement in Early Learning Settings, an archived webinar from Tech Soup, discusses the latest research on the technology habits of millennial parents. It also covers how program providers can incorporate technology tools to engage modern families and provides an overview of some of the leading early learning platforms available.
- Twenty Plus Things Schools Can Do to Prevent Hate Incidents Against Arab-Americans, Muslims, and Sikhs, from the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice (CRS/DOJ), suggests different activities and approaches schools can use to prevent hate incidents and bullying of Muslim and Arabic youth.
- Welcome to AACPS, from Anne Arundel County Public Schools (Maryland), is a video that explains enrollment, absences, transportation and meals among other topics to parents. A Spanish version of the video is currently available and additional translations are coming soon.
- iGuides (Implementation Guides), from OJJDP's Model Programs Guide (MPG), provide users with 10 steps they should take before they identify or implement an evidence-based program or practice. The 10 steps are based on the research literature about successful implementation efforts and applied to common problems in juvenile justice and related fields. The first MPG iGuide is focused on the issue of school-based bullying.
- Building Educational Communities of Inclusion in PreK-12 Settings Webinar, from Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), examines the critical role played by cultural proficiency in successfully welcoming and orienting newcomers to their schools and communities and explores examples of approaches that increase educational access and opportunity for every student.
- Supporting the Next Generation: Essentials of Dialogues, from the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, is a resource designed for teachers to help teach young people the skills of civil dialogue. Its goal is to increase students' open-mindedness and their ability to handle complexity. This resource is also available in Arabic and Urdu.
- New blog from the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC)! This blog features frequent posts from seasoned mentoring practitioners and shares updates on new trends and innovations in the field from established technical assistance providers and researchers. Join the conversation now and share your thoughts.
- Parents' Guide to Gangs has been updated! This guide is designed to provide parents with answers to common questions about gangs to enable them to recognize and prevent gang involvement. Also available in Spanish.
- Get Your Voice Heard, from the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), aims to encourage and empower young people to get involved in making change in their communities. This guide presents some of the most common ways of voicing your opinions and starting change, no matter how big or small.
- "In or Out? Barriers and Facilitators to Refugee-Background Young People Accessing Mental Health Services", from Transcultural Psychiatry, uses data from focus groups and interviews conducted across Australia to determine what factors are stopping refugee youth from accessing mental health services and what would help them use it more.
- Women and Girls at Risk of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the United States, from the Population Reference Bureau, examines the prevalence of FGM/C in the U.S. The report also discusses how better methods of collecting data on this topic are needed.
- Nutrition Resource Handouts, from the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), are designed to communicate basic nutrition information to refugees and immigrants in order to develop positive nutrition and lifestyle habits. The handouts are available in many refugee languages.
- Take 15 Tool, from the National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT), uses a quick, yet thoughtful approach for physicians, nurses, and case managers working with refugees on a limited work schedule. By breaking down a 15 minute appointment with a refugee client, this tool can bring clarity and awareness to the unique provider-client/patient relationship.
- The Abolitionists follows Tim Ballard, a former Homeland Security Special Agent, and his team as the rescue young children from brothels and the sex tourism industry overseas.