What's New

October 2016


  • New Translations of Parenting Handbooks! Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook is now available in Arabic and Somali and Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development is now available in Nepali and Somali. BRYCS created these booklets for agencies serving refugees and immigrants in order to support their efforts to ensure that newcomer parents have the basic information they need about U.S. laws and parenting practices. Although newcomers may find the booklets useful by itself, it is primarily intended for case managers and other service providers to use together with their refugee and immigrant clients.
  • BRYCS Webinars! If you missed any of our webinars this year, catch up on our webinar archive page! Education, child welfare, family strengthening, youth development, health and mental health topics are available!
  • New Promising Practice! Chalk Talk Sport-Based Group Therapy, from Doc Wayne Youth Services, combines sport and therapy to heal and strengthen diverse youth who struggle with mental health challenges, including victims of neglect, abuse, violent crime and sexual trafficking. Many of the protective factors developed and benefits seen from participation can be helpful to refugee youth!
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! This month help raise awareness about domestic violence and join in efforts to end violence. Both BRYCS and USCCB have created useful resources for victims and the many service providers that help to support them.
  • 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!


  • Building United Communities: Immigrants, Cops and Crime,  a webinar from the Immigrant Learning Center (ILC), will take place October 6, 2016 at 1:00PM EST. Presenters will discuss strategies to build trust and collaboration between law enforcement and new Americans & more!
  • Helping Educators/Counselors Prevent Bullying & Discrimination Against Muslim Youth, a webinar from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), will take place on October 13, 2016 at 2:00PM EST. Presenters will discuss adolescent development, positive youth development, and how to create safe and accepting academic and community environments for Muslim youth.
  • 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.
  • Program Sustainability and Substance Use E-Learning Course will take place October 17-November 11, 2016. The 2-week E-Learning course is hosted by the National Partnership for Community Training, and is tailored to resettlement agency and state-level participants about program sustainability and substance use. Participants will be guided through one week of instruction and discussion per topic and bring together ideas and challenges in a final culminating collaborative discussion between both participant groups.
  • Welcoming America will be hosting five-part webinar series focusing on education, health, community, race, and economic development and how they relate to strengthening your welcoming work. Participants will hear from leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, PolicyLink, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, and more!
  • 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.
  • Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Webinar, hosted by the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC) will take place October 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST. The webinar will describe the prevalence of intimate partner violence across the world, discuss community and organizational-based responses, and review some of the challenges and implications of working with partner violence in these populations.
  • Helping Children Rebound from Traumatic Experiences: How to Create Classrooms That Support Recovery from Traumatic Experiences Webinar will take place October 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM EST. The webinar will build your understanding of how children might behave after experiencing a disturbing event and why. It will also cover specific strategies to help teachers meet the emotional needs of children who have been affected by traumatic experiences.
  • The 18th Annual Family-Based Immigration Law Conference will take place November 16-17, 2016 in El Paso, Texas. This two-day family-based immigration law training provides updated information and analysis on selected topics in family-based immigration, including: immigrating based on marriage; immigrating as a child or derivative beneficiary; adjustment of status and consular processing; affidavits of support; ethical issues in family-based immigration; and waivers of inadmissibility.
  • The Performing Precarity: Refugee Representation, Determination and Discourses Conference will take place November 21-23, 2016 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 2016 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative will take place November 28-29, 2016 in San Diego, California. The primary purpose of the conference is to advance the goals of CMS's Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII) which seeks to study, document and support a growing network of diverse Catholic institutions that are working successfully to advance immigrant integration, empowerment and well-being.
  • 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.
  • Save the Date! The Chadwick's Center 31st Annual International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment will take place January 31- February 3, 2017 in San Diego, California. The conference is intended for professionals working with families experiencing child maltreatment, trauma and violence.

Call for Papers

  • The International Journal of Migration and Border Studies is pleased to announce a call for papers for its issues in 2017. Articles covering a large spectrum of topics addressing the development of international, transnational and national immigration policies viewed in a broad sense are welcome. The deadline to submit a paper is December 31, 2016.
  • 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.


  • School Garden Grant Program, from Whole Kids Foundation, provides funding to support an edible educational garden on the grounds of a K-12 school. Schools, or a non-profit organization working in partnership with a school, may apply. Deadline is October 31, 2016. 
  • Residential (Shelter) Services for Unaccompanied Children, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children's Services, provides funding for shelter care providers, including group homes and transitional foster care. Residential care providers, operating a shelter facility, must be licensed by an appropriate State agency to provide residential, group, or foster care services for children. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2016.
  • The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.  Each Fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study—in any field and in any advanced degree program—in the United States. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2016.
  • 2016 Charitable Grants, from the Lawrence Foundation, support education, environmental, human services, and other causes. Award amounts vary. Nonprofit organizations, public schools, and libraries are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is November 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. 
  • Farm to School Grant Program, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, assists organizations in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. Applications are due December 8, 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.


Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • Moment of Decision: Seeking Durable Solutions in Southeast Asia, from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), provides an overview of findings from a recent delegation to Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia and focuses on the need for shared responsibility by the international community to address the region's unprecedented crisis and the hope for all refugees to someday return to their homelands.
  • Refugee Resettlement in the United States, from the U.S. Department of State, gives an overview of the U.S. refugee resettlement program and includes statistics on resettlement. Also available in Spanish.
  • Broken Dreams: Central American Children's Dangerous Journey to the United States, from UNICEF, focuses on refugee and migrant children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The issue brief looks at the reasons they leave home, the dangers they encounter along the journey, and the challenges they face in seeking refuge in the United States.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • The Journey of Halima tells the story of Halima who wants to reach the Land of Rain, in order to bring the rainclouds back to her land, the Land of the Sun, where there is a terrible drought, and where the people are no longer happy. In order to reach the Land of Rain, Halima has to go through many countries where she makes many new friends. (Description from source)

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • In Practice to Policy: Lessons from Local Leadership, from Cities of Migration, provides policy insights for city leaders and their community partners from international experts. There is also a series of short country reports that provides a further selection of municipal good practice in comparative perspective. Additional languages are available.
  • Building United Communities: Integration Strategies from Faith Organizations, from the Immigrant Learning Center (ILC), offers the latest data on immigrants, refugees and religion. The webinar covered framing and messaging strategies for receiving communities and included a panel of integration experts from faith organizations across the country.
  • Talking About Your Faith, from Islamic Networks Group (ING), gives tips and guidelines for speaking about religions in the public square. It offers a distinction between teaching about religion and preaching religion.

Child Welfare/Families



  • State of American Muslim Youth, from the Family and Youth Institute and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), identifies the nuances and complexities of American Muslim youth's developmental context and environments. It highlights research on underserved Muslim youth population and highlights risk factors and behaviors. Additionally, the report offers youth programming recommendations that can be implemented around three developmental contexts (families, schools, and communities).
  • U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, from the U.S. Department of State, brings together four U.S. government agencies to tackle barriers that keep adolescent girls from achieving their full potential.
  • "We Believe in Youth" Global Refugee Youth Consultation Final Report, from Women's Refugee Commission, details the most pressing challenges refugee youth face and their recommendations on how best to address these challenges. The report is a road map for action for all those engaged in humanitarian response—States, international organizations, international and national civil society organizations, donors, and youth groups. (Description from source)
  • Handbook on Volunteering of Migrants in Sport Clubs and Organizations, from the European Sports Inclusion Network, gives information to people interested in volunteering, while the second part gives information to clubs interested in attracting/recruiting volunteers from diverse backgrounds.

Health/Mental Health

  • Metrics and Quality Measures for Behavioral Health Clinics, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, examine a wide array of criteria that gauge the progress a behavioral health clinic is achieving in important behavioral health objectives. The measures are contained in the new manual, Metrics and Quality Measures for Behavioral Health Clinics: Technical Specifications and Resource Manual.
  • Immigrant Mental Health, A Public Health Issue: Looking Back and Moving Forward presents findings of a comprehensive literature review of Canadian research on the relationship between settlement experiences and the mental health and well-being of immigrants and refugees. The findings revealed three important ways in which settlement affects the mental health of immigrants and refugees. The recommendations for public health practice and policy are also discussed.
  • Refugee Health Profiles, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provide key health and cultural information for specific refugee groups resettling to the United States. Each profile covers: priority health conditions; background; population movements; health care and nutrition in camps/urban settings; medical screening of US-bound refugees; and health information. Bhutanese, Congolese, Iraqi, and Burmese profiles are available now. 


  • Victim's Assistance Training Online (VAT Online), from the Office for Victims of Crimes, is a basic victim advocacy Web-based training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime.

Program Development

  • Working with Immigrants and Refugees, from Promising Futures, provides helpful links and resources for working with immigrant and refugee families to ensure you as a provider, have a clear understanding of ALL family members' perspectives and experiences with violence.