- "The U.S. Refugee Protection System on the 35th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980: A Comprehensive Assessment of the System's Strengths, Limitations, and Need for Reform", a special edition of the Center for Migration Studies' Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS), offers an exhaustive assessment and critique of the U.S. refugee protection system, covering refugees, asylum seekers and refugee-like populations in need of protection. Policy recommendations are also included.
- BRYCS' Brochure has been updated! If you or someone you know would like to order complimentary copies for an upcoming event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Call for Papers! The International Journal of Intercultural Relations (IJIR) is soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on the Cultural and Academic Adjustment of Refugee Youth in Educational Settings. Papers should report on empirical work on refugee students at all levels of education: primary, secondary, and higher education; formal, informal, and non-formal (Brock, 2011); and in diverse national contexts. Abstracts (300-500 words) are due by August 10, 2015.
- 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.
- Catholic Charities USA 2015 Annual Gathering will take place September 10-12, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. This year's annual celebration provides an opportunity to share programmatic best practices.
- The 2015 ISPCAN European Regional Conference, “Collaborative Responses to Child Abuse and Neglect - Cross-Sectorial Prevention and Intervention”, will take place September 27, 2015 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 Justice for Immigrants (JFI) National Convening on Immigration will take place November 11-13, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. Archbishop Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago will be the keynote speaker.
- Save the date! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS). Please save the date for a one-day symposium and Golden Anniversary Gala scheduled for November 19, 2015 in Washington, DC.
- Children's Health and Well-Being Grants, from Ronald McDonald Charity House, support organizations that have a specific program that directly improves the health and wellbeing of children, addresses a significant funding gap or critical opportunity, has long-term impact in terms of replication or reach, and produces measurable results. A new cycle for grant applications begins July 2015.
- The Responsible Fatherhood initiative, from the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), is designed to help fathers establish or strengthen positive parental interaction by providing activities that develop and improve relationships, communication and parenting skills, and contribute to the financial well-being of their children by providing job training and other employment services. Responsible Fatherhood activities also help fathers improve relationships with their spouses, significant others, and/or the mothers of their children. The deadline to apply is July 10, 2015.
- The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship aims to support students seeking an "MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies by distance learning" at the University of London. The deadline to apply is August 17, 2015.
- Community Investment Grants, from No Kid Hungry, support organizations that share the goal of ending childhood hunger and help improve children's access to programs that help address hunger. Proposals are called for twice a year, but letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis.
- General Grants, from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, support organizations that ensure children have access to quality educations, encourage healthy behaviors, and provide access to basic health care and services, and foster stable families through microfinance. The deadline is rolling.
Migration and Resettlement Awareness
- UNHCR Refugee Resettlement Trends 2015 summarizes trends and patterns in UNHCR's resettlement programme over the past 10 years (2005-2014). The data presented is based on reports provided by UNHCR offices worldwide and the governments of resettlement States. Also of interest many be
- UNHCR Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2016, which projected global resettlement needs are introduced, together with UNHCR's submission targets per regional and country operations. Key aspects of UNHCR's ongoing resettlement activities are then discussed, including UNHCR's efforts to strengthen resettlement management and ensure the integrity of its operations. The chapter ends with an overview of UNHCR's strategic directions for 2015–2016.
For Refugee/Immigrant Children and Youth
- Drop by Drop, from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development (USCCB/JPHD), is the story of Sylvie, a girl from Burkina Faso, whose village has been chosen for a special Water Project. The book offers parents, teachers and children in grades K-5, a great example of how to participate in solutions to important problems that affect the lives and dignity of others. A supplemental reflection guide is also available.
- Whose Child Am I? Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody tells the story of six Central American and Mexican children as they try to navigate the American federal detention system. The story follows the children from their arrest by immigration officials to their deportation proceedings, and from their release from detention to their struggle to build a new life in the United States. This book examines how the U.S. started detaining immigrant children and what can be learned moving forward.
- An Urgent Need: Unaccompanied Children and Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceeding, from the American Bar Association, discusses the challenges that UAC face in the immigration system and their urgent need for access to counsel in light of the complex web of U.S. immigration laws. First, a general overview of the most common forms of relief available to UAC explains the difficulties of obtaining legal status, which becomes nearly insurmountable without the assistance of competent legal counsel. This article then surveys the growing consensus for reform—such as appointing government-funded counsel for UAC and other eligible children—as well as broader proposals to create a more "child-friendly" immigration system that ensures the rights of the most vulnerable. (Description from source)
- Issue Brief on Immigration and Child Welfare, from Child Welfare Information Gateway, provides a quick overview of the history of child welfare and immigration, provides current statistics and data related to immigrant families involved with child welfare, and addresses relevant policies and legislation affecting immigrant families and child welfare service delivery. The brief also offers information and strategies for working with immigrant families as well as providing culturally competent and trauma-informed practice. Resources for professionals, immigrant families, and immigrant youth are also included.
- Deportation and Child Welfare in Mixed Status Families with Unauthorized Parents and Citizen Children, from the National Center on Child Welfare Excellence, discusses the negative impact deportation of immigrant parents has on their families while offering best practice tips and recommendations.
- "Asylum Seeker and Refugee Children Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Childhood Educator's Role", from the Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, discusses an initiative undertaken by early childhood education lecturers and their students from one university to provide an early childhood program for a group of children incarcerated on mainland Australia. The individual struggles and stresses within asylum seeker families as they experience incarceration, sometimes for a number of years, are foregrounded. (Description from source)
- The Well-being Indicator Tool for Youth (WIT-Y), from the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota and longtime partner Anu Family Services, was developed for youth to complete a self-assessment of their well-being. The assessment is short and includes eight questions for youth to indicate how they think they are doing across eight domains of well-being. The WIT-Y is designed to be used by young adults along with a caring adult (social workers, mentors, foster parents, parents), when possible.
- "Psychological, Social and Welfare Interventions for Psychological Health and Well-being of Torture Survivors", from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, aims to assess beneficial and adverse effects of psychological, social and welfare interventions for torture survivors, and to compare these effects with those reported by active and inactive controls.
- "Exploring the Mental Health Effects of Political Trauma with Newly Arrived Refugees”, from Qual Health Res, explored the mental health effects of war trauma and torture as described by 111 refugees newly arrived in the United States. Recommendations for health care providers include assessment processes that inquire about symptoms in their political context, the degree of distress as it is culturally conceptualized, and its effect on functioning.
- "Mental Health First Aid Training for the Bhutanese Refugee Community in the United States", International Journal of Mental Health Systems, investigates the impact of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for Bhutanese refugee community leaders in the U.S. The study hypothesized that training refugee leaders would improve knowledge of mental health problems and treatment process and decrease negative attitudes towards people with mental illness.
- "Cece v. Holder: An Unprecedented Look at the Asylum Claim for Victims of Attempted Sex Trafficking", Emory International Law Review, explains the global issues of sex trafficking and the efforts being made to combat it, and provides a background on asylum law in the United States. The article then looks at cases arising from the Sixth Circuit that deal with attempted sex trafficking in Albania and examines the Seventh Circuit's opinion in Cece v. Holder and shows why it was correctly decided. The article concludes with recommendations for dealing with future cases regarding the asylum claims of attempted sex trafficking victims.
- Selecting and Implementing Evidence Based Practices: A Guide for Child and Family Serving Systems, from the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, provides information and examples of implementation relevant to those working with children and families in the child welfare and other social services systems. It provides concrete information that systems across the nation can use to evaluate their needs, identify what programs are currently being used, and make decisions about which new programs, if any, to add, and plan for implementation activities. (Description from source)