What's New

January 2017


  • New TA question on BRYCS' Blog! Join the discussion and help answer a question on translation tools for young children.
  • National Migration Week is January 8-14th! USCCB/MRS has created a toolkit that provides a number of migration related resources that can be used during this week for migration events. The toolkit includes practical to-dos and prayer resources.
  • January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month! We focus on human trafficking and raising awareness this whole month, and especially on January 11th, which is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. To learn more about human trafficking, visit BRYCS' highlighted resource list that includes resources for service providers working with trafficking victims.
  • January is National Mentoring Month! This month we focus on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for young people and children. This video from Family and Youth Institute offers some tips on how to be a mentor to youth and build better relationships. 
  • What You Can Do for Immigrants and Refugees, from Justice For Immigrants (JFI) provides a wide array of activities and initiatives that you can promote and participate in as a way to demonstrate your support for immigrants and refugees. Your help in this regard is particularly important as we transition to a new administration. It's also available in Spanish.


Call for Papers

  • 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.


  • Cooperative Agreements for Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances, from the Center for Mental Health Services, are for organizations to improve behavioral health outcomes for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. Applications are due January 3, 2017.
  • NJHI Next Generation Community Leaders, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provide communities with the resources and tools to engage teams of 10-15 youth and build their skills and capacity to become future community leaders. Applications are due January 12, 2017.
  • Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants provide the tools to help educators and parent groups through educational challenges by providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities being the priority. There is special given to projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. The application deadline is February 9, 2017.
  • Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities Grant, from the Department of Education, supports Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and their communities in preparing to implement innovative, effective, ambitious, comprehensive, and locally driven strategies to increase socioeconomic diversity in schools and LEAs as a means to improve the achievement of students in the lowest-performing schools. The application deadline is February 13, 2017.     
  • 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.
  • Finish Line Youth Foundation Grants support opportunities for kids to participate in community-based youth athletic programs and camps that emphasize active lifestyles and improvements to facilities and/or renovations to existing buildings, grounds, and property. Applications are due by March 31, 2017.


Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • Refugee Transitions Magazine, from STARTTS, reports on a wide range of refugee and human rights issues. The magazine focuses attention on the impact of organized violence and human rights abuses on health and provides ideas on intervention models to address the health and social needs of refugees.
  • Childhood and Migration in Central and North America: Causes, Policies, Practices and Challenges, from the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, from The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, analyzes the conditions for children and adolescents in Central and North America who are affected by migration throughout every stage of the process, including in their countries of origin, during transit, in destination countries, and following repatriation. It concludes by proposing short-, medium-, and long-term regional, bilateral, national, and local solutions grounded in human rights.
  • Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts, from The Immigrant Learning Center (ILC), chronicles the experience of 11 immigrant groups in the U.S. written by 11 experts in their respective fields. By showing how each of these immigrant groups have faced discrimination, struggled to assimilate and ultimately made significant contributions to American life from the country's founding through today, the current immigration debate can be seen as an ongoing dialogue repeating the same themes down through history.
  • Toolkit: Understanding Statelessness in the Syria Refugee Context, from the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI), is a collection of information and resources designed to help practitioners in the field to quickly find answers to questions about statelessness in the Syria refugee context. It contains explanatory texts, factsheets, case studies and good practice examples.
  • Private Sponsorship of Refugee Resettlement in the United States: Guiding Principles and Recommendations, from the Urban Justice Center and Human Rights First, presents research and analysis of the key principles that should guide the creation of a private sponsorship program in the United States. It explores the considerations for various components of a private sponsorship program and proposes options for program design and concludes with recommendations regarding a pilot program that could be implemented in the short-term.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation's Fight for Their American Dream is about the generation who was brought to America as children and is now fighting to live here legally.
  • Carmen Learns English tells the story of Carmen's first day of school in the U.S. and how she copes with only speaking Spanish.
  • I Said No! uses kid-friendly language and illustrations to help parents and concerned adults give kids guidance they can understand, practice and use. It discusses what is appropriate and with whom and how to deal with inappropriate behavior, bribes and threats.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Building Bridges: Refugee Support and Advocacy Toolkit, from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), is designed to help individuals, congregations, campus clubs, and community groups support refugees. The toolkit provides information on understanding the world's refugee crisis, how to support refugees in your community, and how to counter anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry.
  • Language Access: Understand and Advocate for Your Clients' Interpretation Rights Webinar, from the National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT), provides an overview of relevant language access policies, identifies Medicaid reimbursement implications for direct service staff and healthcare staff, and explores advocacy ideas when working with healthcare organizations. There is a supplemental information guide available here.
  • Reducing Crime by Increasing Trust in an Immigrant Community, from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), gives examples of how law enforcement officers worked closely with immigrant communities and established trust. 
  • Overseas Cultural Orientation Providers Workshop 2016, from Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE), was an opportunity for select overseas Cultural Orientation (CO) providers to travel with 18 different groups of refugees to experience and record their journey to the US firsthand. This resource explores their stories and experiences.
  • Migrant Integration Policy Index 2015, from the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), and the Migration Policy Group (MPG), is an interactive website and tool that measures policies to integrate migrants in all EU Member States, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA. The project also informs and engages key policy actors about how to use indicators to improve integration governance and policy effectiveness.

Child Welfare/Families

Early Childhood


  • Transatlantic Symposium Report: Improving Instruction for Immigrant and Refugee Students in Secondary Schools, from Migration Policy Institute (MPI), synthesizes the themes and central questions raised during the presentations and discussions that took place over the course of a symposium devoted to these issues that our Center hosted in Brussels in June 2015. The symposium brought together policymakers, teacher educators, and researchers from the United States and Europe to explore the imperative of improving educational outcomes for students from migrant and language-minority backgrounds, with a particular focus on the initial and ongoing training of teachers and school leaders. The event also focused on elements of school and policy design that promote effective instruction for migrant and language-minority students in the secondary grades. (Description from source)
  • Engaging Schools on Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage: A Guide for Education Professionals, from the Create Youth-Net, provides basic information about both FGM and forced marriage. It gives an overview about the importance of schools engaging on the issues, provides suggestions for effective school engagement on the issues, and provides guidance on how to respond to and deal with disclosures.
  • Bicultural Parent Engagement: Advocacy and Empowerment, provides real-life examples, practical strategies, discussion questions, and suggestions for ensuring that schools welcome and value bicultural families. This book discusses how parents can be transformative change agents for their children and their schools.
  • Implementing the Common Core for English Learners: Responses to Common Questions, from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), is based on CAL's practical experience and academic expertise on language learning and English learners. The brief attempts to answer the questions they have received from educators over the years.
  • Bullied explores the varying definitions of bullying and strategically analyzes each participant's perspective and role in a bullying event. The book is intended to inspire a new conversation around bullying that considers alternate perspectives.


  • Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice, from the Youth Transitions Funders Group, explores the role and responsibility of each youth-serving system in supporting well-being for youth and young adults. It presents a new framework for well-being for young people and includes a series of concrete and actionable recommendations for youth system leaders, policymakers, and public and private funders for improving policy and practice to support the well-being of youth who are transitioning to adulthood.
  • Cultural and Class Conflicts in Mentor-Mentee Matches, from the National Mentoring Partnership, is part of a collaborative mentoring webinar series. This webinar discusses existing mentoring research literature about matching mentors and mentees. It explores how to understand the cultural and class challenges associated with mentor-mentee matches and teaches strategies to develop culturally competent mentoring professionals and organizations.

Health/Mental Health

  • "Barriers to Healthcare Access among Refugees with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions Resettled in the U.S. Midwest", from the Journal of Immigrant Minor Health, explores this population's access to appropriate healthcare services in order to identify service disparities and improve interventions. Three main barriers were identified: (1) inadequate health insurance, (2) language and communication barriers, and (3) a complex maze of service systems.
  • Health and Behavior Among Immigrant Youth examines the mental health, physical health, and deviant behavior of first-, second-, and third- and later-generation immigrant youth. The book also explores disparities in family process and the impact of such processes on the health and behavior of immigrant youth.
  • Restoring Hope and Dignity: Manual for Group Counseling, from the Center for Victims of Torture, describes CVT's group counseling model and contains detailed principles, instructions and exercises. This manual is intended for use in humanitarian or low-resourced settings with individuals who are experiencing marked distress and reduced daily function due to having experienced extreme stress related to war, torture or human rights violations.
  • "A First Assessment of the Needs of Young Refugees Arriving in Europe: What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know", from the European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Journal, provides basic information on the dimensions of the crisis under special consideration of minors and an initial guide as to the needs of the young refugees during and after their flight. The article aims to create awareness of the implications of the current situation and underscore the need for structured approaches toward acute and medium-term treatment.


  • 2016 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), covers 136 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based primarily on trafficking cases detected between 2012 and 2014. This year's edition includes a chapter on how migrants and refugees can be vulnerable to trafficking in persons, en route or at destination. It also analyses the particular condition of people escaping war, conflict and persecution.
  • Recognizing and Responding to Human Trafficking in a Healthcare Context, from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, defines human trafficking and discusses how victims may come into contact with healthcare providers. The webinar also teach how providers can identify potential human trafficking victims and identifies promising practices for assisting a patient who might be trafficked. 

Program Development

  • Talking Human Rights in the United States: A Communications Toolkit, from the Opportunity Agenda, offers ideas, recommendations, and best practices for promoting human rights in the United States through media and other communications. It provides concrete advice and examples for motivating human rights supporters and convincing others on the importance of human rights.
  • Numbers that Matter: Using Immigration Data to Advance Change, from The Immigrant Learning Center (ILC), covers how to use Immigration Data on Demand (iDod) to generate customizable fact sheets and how to use data when campaigning. The webinar also discusses presentation strategies.