What's New



March 2015
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • NEW! BRYCS Web page on Anti-Trafficking includes a rich list of highlighted resources hand chosen by BRYCS staff to assist service providers in working with victims of trafficking. It includes the following topical areas: child trafficking background and general information,  labor trafficking and exploitation, commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), resources and services for victims, resources for law enforcement, prosecutors, and lawyers, and resources for the child welfare system.
  • Humanitarian Community, a new Web site brought to you by the American Red Cross, serves as a place for refugee and migrant organizations to share information including newsletters, reports, social media content, event information, videos etc.
  • Welcoming Refugees Communications Contest, from Welcoming America, invites organizations or community efforts that work with refugees and have created positive communications about refugees over the last two years (2013-2015), to participate in this year’s contest. Applications are due March 19, 2015.
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EVENTS

  • National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs' 7th Annual Research Symposium, co-sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University, will take place March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. With keynote speakers to include the president of the United Nations Committee on Torture and the founder of one of the oldest continually operating refugee psychiatric programs in the United States, this full day event will address torture through the lens of evaluation, research, and science. Aspects of torture treatment, education, and advocacy will be examined. 
  • FMIP 2015 Conference, Refugee Livelihoods: Innovations in Career-Laddering, from The Forced Migration Innovation Project, will take place March 4-5, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. This event will gather service providers, employers, refugees, state agencies, faith-based organizations, and academics to inspire creative collaborative paths forward.   
  • Listening Sessions on Immigrant and Refugee Integration, from the Migration and Policy Institute (MPI), will take place March 5, 12, and 18 at 3PM EST. They will feature leaders in the integration field speaking about the recommendations they submitted to the task force and the opportunities they see ahead as the result of the President's historic actions. The Webinars cover issues in the areas of adult education and skills training, economic development, refugee resettlement, language access, and new funding mechanisms to support strategic integration initiatives.
  • Family Engagement Strategies for All Languages and Cultures, a Webinar from Engagement Strategies, LLC, will take place March 18, 2015 from 2-3:30PM EST. This webinar will begin with a brief summary of recent research on strategies that work for engaging families of all young children, including specialized strategies that support home language and second language fluency. A variety of ideas and examples that will enhance parent engagement will also be shared.
  • 31st International Symposium on Child Abuse will take place March 23-26, 2015 in Huntsville, Alabama. The International Symposium on Child Abuse is a multidisciplinary conference offering numerous networking opportunities and more than 130 workshops presented by outstanding professionals from all facets of the child maltreatment field.
  • Emerging Practices and Policies to Address the Needs of Children in Immigrant Families, a Webinar from Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) & The Center on Immigration and Child Welfare, will take place March 24, 2015 from 3-4:30PM EST. This Webinar will review emerging practices and policies that have been implemented in California child welfare agencies to address the unique issues facing children in immigrant families involved in this system. Practitioners from California will discuss their experiences working with this vulnerable population and strategies to facilitate engagement and culturally responsive services.  
  • TESOL 2015 will take place on March 25-28, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. Conference events include plenary and luminary speakers, dynamic workshops, diverse panel discussions, educational site visits, and a variety of K–12 programming. 
  • The 18th National School Social Work Conference will be held April 15-18 in Nashville, Tennessee. "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. 
  • Connecting Leaders, Impacting Communities and Sustaining Programs, a two day symposium sponsored by the National Partnership for Community Training in partnership with the University of Miami School of Law's Human Rights Clinic, will take place April 27-28, 2015, in Miami, Florida. The event will address considering non-traditional program structures, implementing meaningful partnerships, and integrating clinical and legal approaches, while experts will also address current thematic issues in torture treatment, such as working with interpreters and designing orientation curricula.
  • Culturally Responsive Child Welfare Practice, The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare's (CASCW) 16th annual child welfare conference, will take place April 28, 2015 from 10-4:30 PM at TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota OR via a free live webstream.
  • Advancing Excellence through Innovation and Collaboration, the Child Welfare League of America's (CWLA) 2015 National Conference, will take place April 27-29, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. This conference provides an opportunity to learn from featured evidence-informed/based practices and real world solutions that demonstrate successful thinking in support of children, youth and families. On Wednesday, April 29, a super session "Emerging and Promising Practices for Addressing the Unique Needs of Immigrant Children and Families" will take place from 9AM-12:30PM. This super session, presented in partnership with The Center on Immigration and Child Welfare (formerly the Migration and Child Welfare National Network), will provide promising strategies being implemented by child welfare agencies to address these needs and facilitate positive outcomes for children in immigrant families. Strategies will focus on engaging immigrant families and addressing unique barriers that may impact service delivery to promote safety and well-being. Specific strategies for fostering participation of detained and deported parents will also be addressed, as well as implications of recent immigration actions including the Parental Interests Directive.  
  • ECDC’s 21st National Conference on African Refugees and Immigrants, "Raising a Collective Voice: Newcomers, Partners, and Communities", will take place April 28-May 1, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. This year's conference will shed light on current refugee flows in Africa implicating the challenges and opportunities for providing safety and security.
  • CLINIC’s 17th Annual Convening will take place May 13-15, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gather with fellow advocates and service providers, share strategies, and enhance your expertise to build welcoming communities!
  • The 5th Annual North American Refugee Health Conference will convene on June 4-6, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.  The conference will highlight the latest information on refugee health issues locally and internationally. 
  • The 29th Annual Conference on Treatment Foster Care will take place August 2-5, 2015, in Denver, Colorado. The conference will feature over 70 workshops highlighting the best practices being applied in the field. 
  • The 2015 ISPCAN European Regional Conference, “Collaborative Responses to Child Abuse and Neglect - Cross-Sectorial Prevention and Intervention”, will take place this fall in Bucharest, Romania. It is expected to attract approximately 500-700 delegates, with a major focus on attracting professionals from a multitude of disciplines, including health, law, psychology, social services, and education as well as government and non-government services. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 28.
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FUNDING

  • Youth Violence Prevention Coordinated Technical Assistance Program, from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), provides cross functional technical assistance to communities, tribes, and agencies funded to serve children and youth as part of the Defending Childhood, National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, and Community-Based Violence Prevention Programs. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2015. 
  • Charitable Grants, from the Lawrence Foundation, support education, environmental, human services and other causes. However, interests are fairly diverse and may lead into other areas on an occasional basis. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2015. 
  • Grants for Coordination of Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Child Welfare Services to Tribal Families at Risk of Child Abuse or Neglect, from the TANF Bureau, fund demonstration projects designed to test the effectiveness of tribal governments or tribal consortia in coordinating the provision to tribal families at risk of child abuse and neglect of child welfare services and services under tribal programs funded under this part. These grants offer opportunities for Indian tribes and tribal consortia that administer Tribal TANF programs to develop more effective and efficient strategies to meet the unique needs of at-risk tribal service populations. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2015. 
  • The Basic Center Program (BCP) and Street Outreach Program (SOP), from The Family & Youth Services Bureau, provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. The programs provide youth up to age 18 with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling and referrals for health care along with prevention services for youth who are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse or sexual exploitation. The deadline to apply is May 4, 2015.
  • National Grants, from Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, support innovative projects that help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly for careers in science, technology and the environment. Applications are accepted from January 1st to June 1st every year.
  • World of Difference Grants, from The Cigna Foundation, provide significant funding for innovative projects that show the potential to make an impact on one of four health-related focus areas. These are: children's wellness; women's health; senior care; and health equity. The deadline is rolling. 
  • Education, Community, and Health Grants, from RGK Foundation, support programs fostering education, community and health development. The Foundation supports education programs that are centered on K-12 education, literacy, higher education and teacher development initiatives. The deadline is rolling. 
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RESOURCES

Migration/Resettlement Awareness

For Refugee/Immigrant Children and Youth

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Refugee Training and Orientation: A Guide for Service Providers, from the Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR), helps service providers who work with refugees overseas or domestically to enhance their own understanding, design, and delivery of training, how to plan a training program, strategies and tools for training delivery and assessment, and information on developing trainers and partnerships. The guide also includes appendices on training strategies, handouts and worksheets to complement information provided in the guide, and selected resources related to topics discussed in the various chapters (Description from source)
  • Cultural Orientation Training: An Introduction for Trainers, from the Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR), is a video featuring overseas and US-based CO practices, interviews with trainers, and highlights of tips and tools that are addressed in depth in the Train the Trainer guide. The video is designed as an introduction to CO for trainers and others who deliver orientation directly, and can also provide a brief overview of the overseas through domestic CO continuum for other service providers and community members. (Description from source)
  • What Kind of Welcome? Integration of Center American Unaccompanied Children into Local Communities, from the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, discusses the current migration of unaccompanied children, reception in communities and families, education and employment, and challenges for the future. 

Child Welfare

Early Childhood

  • Importance of Home Language Development, from the National Center and Linguistic Responsiveness, provides detailed information about how and why home language is importance and strategies that families and staff can use to support children to continue to develop their home language as they also learn English.

Education

  • Developmental Screening with Recent Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Preliminary Report, from Ethnomed, describes barriers to developmental screening in a population which is missing from the bulk of the developmental screening literature.
  • American Generation: Generation One, a series from KERA News, looks at the state of Texas where one in three children has a parent who's an immigrant -- or they're immigrants themselves. These children have to learn a new language, adapt to a different culture and try to fit into a community that may not embrace newcomers. The series follows first generation Texans and the educators who are helping them integrate.

Youth Development

  • Strengthening Intergenerational Bonds in Immigrant and Refugee Communities, from The Intergenerational Health Center at Temple University, aims to promote healthy aging in refugee and immigrant communities by developing programming designed to build meaningful relationships among non-familial youth and older adults and to increase the capacity of ethnic-based community organizations to strengthen intergenerational connectedness. This report presents four case studies that highlight recruitment strategies, key intergenerational activities, challenges, and outcomes for fostering intergenerational connections, and concludes with a summary of promising practices, benefits, and recommendations for practitioners. 
  • Gang Phenomenon in Central America, an archived Webinar from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services, Foster Care Team (USCCB/MRS), presents a brief history of the evolution of gangs in Central America as well as how they have contributed to a culture of violence and the impact on family life of gang members and non-members. Intervention and counseling strategies are shared from the perspective of diverse experiences; youth who have been threatened by gang violence, youth who witnessed gang violence, youth recruited and forced to engage in criminal activity for the gang, youth whose relatives are gang members and the degree of trauma youth may have experienced. Finally, discussions include issues such as identifying youth who may have been engaged in gang activity, mediating peer to peer gang behavior for youth in foster care, helping youth to sever ties with the gang- managing communication, and instilling hope for a better future in the midst of uncertainty.

Health/Mental Health

  • Congolese Refugee Health Profile, from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), addresses the population's priority health conditions, background, population movements, healthcare access and conditions in refugee camps, medical screening of U.S.-bound refugees, post-arrival medical screening, and health information. A similar health profile of Bhutanese refugees is also available.
  • "The Utilization of Mental Health Services by Children and Young People from a Refugee Background: A Systematic Literature Review", from the International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, summarizes what is known about the use of mental-health services by children and young people of refugee background and identifies factors that may constitute impediments to service use as well as factors that may facilitate access to and engagement with services.
  • Working with Interpreters for Traumatized Refugees, a Webinar from the National Partnership of Community Training (NPCT), discusses how work with interpreters should be grounded in best practices, with creativity and flexibility to fit the context. The presentation addresses how to provide and fully utilize interpretation, modes and styles of interpretation, best practices and challenges. 
  • Guidelines for Mental Health Professionals Working with Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minors, from the National Latina/o Psychological Association, discusses the complex trauma experienced by unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors thus the need for mental health to become a priority. General guidelines, guidelines for specific mental health conditions such as grief and loss, depression, and trauma, and recommendations for self-care of mental health professionals are shared.

Trafficking

  • Preparing Staff to Work With Trafficked Youth, includes resources from The Polaris Project, including a slideshow targeted to service providers, which provides background information on trafficking and addresses the challenges to serving trafficked youth and adults, such as identifying and finding victims, and a downloadable assessment form to help service providers better identify and support victims. 
  • Not My Life: Human Trafficking Resources and Curriculum for Educators, is a documentary on modern-day slavery that can be used to raise awareness about human trafficking in classrooms, on campus, and at special screening events. Not My Life resources and materials for educators and students include a DVD and educational curriculum. To preview, visit https://vimeo.com/75402833; password: nml.

Program Development


  • Case Management Toolkit: A User's Guide for Strengthening Case Management Services in Child Welfare, from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), helps to identify and propagate good practices in case management services. It provides the user with a comprehensive assessment framework for analyzing current systems, procedures, and practices against international standards and professional case management practices at both the case level and system level. This toolkit does not promote a specific model of case management since no one approach or model can be applied to every situation. Rather, it outlines the beneficial aspects, processes, and strategies of case management that have shown improved outcomes for children and families. 
  • Fostering Refugee Leadership and Engagement: Concrete Strategies that Work, a Webinar from Welcoming America, provides guidance on practices, tools, and processes that promote the inclusion of the diverse refugee community. Strategies covered include approaches to community outreach, meeting facilitation, inclusive event design, and reflective follow-up and evaluation that encourage community engagement and leadership.
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