What's New

April 2014


  • NEW! Google-translate tool! BRYCS recently installed Google Translate with 80 supported languages including many refugee languages. You can find this tool on the top right of any BRYCS Web page.
  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Learn how you can raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and create strong communities to support children and families to help prevent child abuse today!     
  • NEW! SHEPHERD Toolkit, from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services' (USCCB/MRS) Anti-Trafficking program, helps dioceses and communities to address the issue of human trafficking. The toolkit provides guidance on hosting a workshop to educate others in your community, becoming an ethnical consumer and employer, and how to report trafficking if you suspect it. Email MRSShepherd@usccb.org to request the SHEPHERD Toolkit to help you get started and visit www.usccb.org/stopslavery to learn more about human trafficking. Also available in Spanish.


  • The 19th National Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect will take place  April 29–May 2 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year's theme, "Making Meaningful Connections" will help more than 3,000 in-person and virtual participants join together for a two-and-a-half day series of knowledge and skill-building sessions, building powerful collaborative networks and contributing to "lessons learned" that profoundly shape public policy, research, and practice in child maltreatment and child welfare.
  • The 17th Annual National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium (NHSTES), co-sponsored by the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) at Berkeley Social Welfare, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), and the National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) of the American    Public Human Services Association (APHSA), will be held May 20-22 at the Berkeley City Club at the University of California, Berkeley campus.   With an emphasis on child welfare, the symposium provides an opportunity for national and international training evaluators, administrators and professionals in the human services field to share evaluation struggles, ideas, challenges, and methodologies in an atmosphere of collaboration and support.  
  • 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, D.C.  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.    
  • CWLA's National Kinship Conference "Building Communities of Caring for Children and Families" will take place September 17-19 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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.  
  • The 28th Annual Conference on Treatment Foster Care "Happily Ever After? Overcoming Barriers to Permanency & Well-being" will take place July 20-23, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  The conference will feature over 70 workshops highlighting the best practices being applied in the field.  
  • International Summer School in Forced Migration, from the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford will take place from July 7-25, 2014. The school fosters dialogue between academics, practitioners and policymakers working to improve the situation of refugees and forced migrants by offering an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. The deadline to apply is May 1.


  • Research Projects to Strengthen Evidence-based Humanitarian Decision Making by PRM and its Partners Worldwide, a funding opportunity from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, prioritizes funding for projects involving research, assessment, formative evaluation, and the development of tools, operational guidance, and/or best practices to strengthen evidence-based humanitarian decision-making. The deadline for submitting proposals concerning one or more of the following topics/research questions is April 16.
    • Understanding Refugee Return to Urban Areas
    • Promoting Coordination in Non-Camp Settings
    • Adapting Humanitarian Response to Local Contexts
    • Understanding the Relationship Between Statelessness and Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
    • Health Impacts of Statelessness
    • Assessing the Impact of International Community Advocacy on Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws  
  • Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Regional Program, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)/Administration for Children and Families (ACF), seeks to continue and expand its efforts to increase identification of foreign victims of trafficking and promote local capacity to prevent human trafficking and protect victims of human trafficking. Grant recipients will serve as focal points for the identification of foreign victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and their referral for protection and assistance in their targeted geographic area. The deadline to apply is April 21.  
  • State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants fund service-learning projects that address the root cause of the following issue areas: access to higher education/closing the achievement gap, financial literacy (economic inclusion), health and wellness, environmental responsibility & arts and culture. The deadline to apply is May 2.  
  • WellPoint Foundation-Healthy Community Grants invest in domestic initiatives that help improve the lives of people and the health of local communities. The deadline to apply is May 9.  
  • The Administration for Children & Families-Street Outreach Program is providing 20 grants between $90,000 - $200,000 to nonprofit organizations and school districts. Grants help 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, prostitution, or sexual exploitation. These services are designed to assist such youth in making healthy choices regarding where they live and how they behave. The deadline to apply is May 12.
  • 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program will provide up to $250,000 over a two year performance period, and requires both the provision of citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to lawful permanent residents. Eligible organizations include non-profit or public organizations that have experience providing ESL and citizenship instruction to adults.The deadline to apply is May 16.


Migration/Resettlement Awareness

  • The Future of Syria: Refugee Children in Crisis, a report from UNHCR, is the first in-depth survey conducted by UNHCR of Syrian refugee children since the conflict began in March 2011. Among its findings are that many Syrian refugee children are growing up in fractured families, and that children are often the household's primary breadwinners. The UNHCR research details a painful life of isolation, exclusion and insecurity for many refugee children. (Description from source)
  • Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries, a statistical report from UNHCR, looks at asylum claims lodged in 38 European and six non-European countries.  A total of 612,700 people applied for asylum, with Syrians making up the bulk.  The other top countries of origin for applicants were Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Serbia/Kosovo.  The top five countries of asylum were Germany, the United States, France, Sweden, and Turkey. (Description from source)

For Refugee/Immigrant Children and Youth

  • The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) is accepting applications for the 2014–15 Youth Justice Leadership Institute, a year-long fellowship program for emerging leaders of color interested in juvenile justice reform. NJJN is looking for 10 fellows to learn leadership, juvenile justice system policies and practices, theories of change, and advocacy skills. Fellows will be paired with mentors. Apply by April 7, 2014.
  • Seeking Refugee: Forced to Flee: A Refugee Camp Simulation Curriculum Guide, from Catholic Charities of Louisville, aims to engage students in refugee service work, raise awareness for the refugee cause and recruit future donors and volunteers. This innovative project received the support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services shortly after launching the "Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees" (POWR) in 2010, to strengthen and deepen its support of church and community involvement in work for refugees and immigrants. 

Cultural Orientation/Integration

Child Welfare/Families

  • Children on the Run: Unaccompanied Children Leaving Central America and Mexico and the Need for International Protection, from UNHCR unveils the humanitarian impact insecurity has had on over 400 unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico held in U.S. federal custody. The agency calls on Governments to take action to keep children safe from human rights abuses, violence and crime, and to ensure their access to asylum and other forms of international protection. A supplemental video analyzing first-hand accounts is also available.  
  • Latino Families Broken by Immigration: The Adolescents' Perceptions explores recent immigration and related changes in American society from the perspective of sociology, anthropology, education, history, political science, psychology, economics, and law. (Description from source)  
  • What Can CASA Volunteers Do for Immigrants?, a presentation from the National CASA Association, reviews trauma issues impacting immigrant families, including exposure to violence and toxic stress relating to migration and fear of deportation; practice issues facing CASA volunteers, including immigrant parents in detention, compilations of immigrant cases, and eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; and State and national policies impacting services to immigrant families.

Early Childhood


  • Children of the Guatemalan Maya: A Handbook for Teachers, an informational handbook from the Maya Heritage Community Project at Kennesaw State University and the National Pastoral Maya Network, aims to enhance the understanding between Maya parents, teachers and administrators in order to promote the educational success of these children by:
    • Identifying concerns and obstacles faced by Maya parents and children;
    • Suggesting pedagogical approaches to engage and include Maya students;
    • Connecting teachers with resources such as the Maya Heritage Community Project and the National Maya Interpreter Network.
  • "Educational Cultural Brokers and the School Adaptation of Refugee Children and Families: Challenges and Opportunities", from the Journal of International Migration and Integration, suggests brokers engage in micro- and macro level activities through six brokering roles, with each role encompassing challenges and opportunities at the school, agency, and community level. This paper discusses aspects of these roles that have relevance for practice and policy for both cultural brokers and other providers of school-based services to refugee families. (Description from source)  
  • Welcome to Our Schools Kit, a resource from New York's Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance/Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (OTDA/BRIA), has recently been updated. The kit is designed to ease the transition of refugee children into the elementary and secondary schools of New York State, and to empower their parents to be effective partners in the education of their children. New resources include brochures for teachers, nurses, school counselors and parents, resources on domestic abuse, anti-bullying, and peer mentoring, as well as curriculum supplements.

Youth Development

  • Refugee Mentor Handbook, from FreeCity International, includes background information on refugees and the resettlement process, guidelines for being a mentor and communicating across cultures, and supplemental resources.

Health/Mental Health


Program Development

  • "Experiences of Volunteers in Refugee Resettlement", from the Journal of Public and Professional Sociology, examines the experiences of volunteers mentoring refugees resettled in the Atlanta area. In spite of some difficulties, all the volunteers felt rewarded by love and friendship. All volunteers desired to repeat the mentoring experience and several sought even greater involvement in assisting refugees.  
  • Social Media for Child Welfare Resource Guide, from the National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology, Includes information on the importance of social media, building an effective strategy, and caseworker responses to these new technologies. Examples of social media use in child welfare are also included.