- NEW! The United States Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program: Guiding Principles and Promising Practices, from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), shares practice strategies, stories and tips from across the national program network. The e-book is available for free download however, tax-deductible donations are welcome!
- Online Employment Training Program, from Upwardly Global, is aimed at helping skilled immigrants rebuild their careers in the United States. The program includes 16 self-paced training modules and more than 50 downloadable resources that aid jobseekers in acquiring the techniques and cultural know-how needed to market themselves as competitive candidates. The program offers free interactive trainings on job search skills, resume writing, interviewing and networking.
- The 17th National School Social Work Conference will be held March 19-22 in Chicago, Illinois. "School Social Workers: Making a Difference in Schools, Homes & Communities" will include workshops on positive behavioral interventions, bullying, working with particular populations, mental health, parent engagement, and more!
- The Refugee Studies Center's international Refugee Voices conference will take place March 24–25, 2014, in Oxford, England. The event will explore the voices and aesthetic expressions of those dispossessed, displaced and marginalised and bring together scholars from across the social sciences and researchers in cultural studies, literature and the humanities to look beyond the nation-state and international relations in order to give new attention to the voices and aspirations of refugees and other forced migrants themselves.
- The 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse will take place March 24-27, 2014 in Huntsville, Alabama. The conference will offer more than 130 workshops presented by nationally-recognized experts from all facets of the child maltreatment field.
- TESOL 2014 will take place on March 26-29 in Portland, Oregon. Conference events include plenary and luminary speakers, dynamic workshops, diverse panel discussions, educational site visits, and a variety of K–12 programming. Early registration ends February 3.
- Ethiopian Community Development Council's forum dedicated to National Resettlement Affiliate Training and African Refugee and Immigrant Issues will take place April 30-May 3 in Arlington, Virginia. The event is part of ECDC's ongoing effort to enhance awareness and support for African refugees and immigrants, to strengthen resettlement programs and services, and to promote cultural, educational and socio-economic development initiatives to help newcomers become productive members in their local communities.
- Registration open! 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.
- 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.
- The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation awards school and library mini-grants for projects that foster creative expression, working together and interaction with a diverse community. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2014.
- The eWomen Network Foundation awards individual grants to small entrepreneurial organizations that address the health, wellness, and/or safety of underprivileged women and/or children. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014.
- The American Psychiatric Foundation manages a School Mental Health Education Grant Program & Technical Assistance Program, that assist in the implementation of the Typical or Troubled? educational model in communities nationwide . The model encourages learning and dialogue with parents about their teen's mental health and how to support their emotional well-being. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014.
- The Lawrence Foundation awards grants twice a year to programs that focus on the environment, education, or human services. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2014.
- New Beginnings: Refugees Tell Their Story as They Hope for a New Life in the U.S., from the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), shares stories derived from two pre-screening interviews with refugee women referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the U.S. The pre-screening process involves collecting basic data and compiling refugee accounts of persecution and violence, including why they are seeking protection.
- Refugees and Asylees in the United States, a spotlight from the Migration Policy Institute, provides a detailed look at the most recent refugee and asylum data in the United States, including country of origin, top states of resettlement, and more.
For Refugee/Immigrant Children and Youth
- A Treacherous Journey: Child Migrants Navigating the U.S. Immigration System, from the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), addresses the issues raised by the recent historic and unabated increase in the number of children coming unaccompanied – without a parent or legal guardian – to the United States. These children face a system that was created for adults, does not provide them legal counsel, and is not required to consider the child's best interests, despite the potentially enormous impact of the proceedings on the child's life and future. (Description from source)
- "Crossroads: The Intersection of Immigrant Enforcement and the Child Welfare System", an article from Synergy (National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges), discusses the devastating consequences that can result from the interplay between the immigration, criminal justice, and child welfare systems for immigrant parents whose children end up in State custody and then face disproportionate risks of long term or permanent separation. Recommendations are made for enhanced cooperation and coordination between the child welfare system and immigration system that address collaboration, training, protocol development, and services. (Description from source)
- Voices from the Margins: Schools Experiences of Indigenous Refugee and Migrant Children provides a place for migrant, refugee and indigenous children to talk about their school experiences. Refugee children from the Sudan, Afghanistan and Somalia, indigenous children from Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam, migrant children in Canada, Iceland and Hong Kong, urban and rural children from Zanzibar all speak out through drawings, small group and individual discussion. (Description from source)
- A Guide for the Placement and Transcript Evaluation of Foreign-Born Students, from the Department of Multicultural Education of the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida, aims to assist guidance counselors and ESOL coordinators by providing the most current information available on international educational systems, grading scales, and more.
- Migrant & Refugee Young People Negotiating Adolescence in Australia, a paper from the Centre for Multicultural Youth, explores, from a young person's perspective, how experiencing multiple and complex settlement barriers such as changes in family dynamics, adjusting to new cultural norms and economic disadvantage issues, impact family relationships. It highlights the need to involve family and communities in developing a service response that acknowledges where young people and families are coming from.
- "Leadership Succession Planning: Implications for Nonprofit Human Service Organizations", from Administration in Social Work, identifies the key elements of succession planning with implications for non-profit human service organizations. It focuses on self-leadership, executive-board relations, and comprehensive succession management, and concludes with the importance of aligning succession-based efforts and strategic planning. (Description from source)
- Strategic Communications for Community Engagement, from Welcoming America, discusses how to strategically communicate to build community support for refugees by developing a basic understanding of strategic communications, key audiences, and messaging.