What's New

February 2016


  • Introducing BRYCS Blog and Forum! Are you a service provider working with newcomer families? Share resources and learn from one another's experiences! Join the dialogue by posting a new comment or replying to an existing comment. We look forward to helping you build your capacity to empower immigrant children and their families! This month's blog is on the Do's and Don'ts of Child-friendly Interviewing and includes a helpful tip sheet.
  • Call for Promising Practices! Since 2003, BRYCS has been documenting "promising practices" that meet the following criteria: Recommended as "successful" by other service providers, federal and state funders of services, and/or experts in the field; Based on principles drawn from current research on risk and protective factors for refugee and immigrant children and youth; Results-oriented, demonstrating the ways in which newcomer children and youth benefited from the program. Please email info@brycs.org if you know of a program or service that you believe should be highlighted—including your own!
  • The Nansen Refugee Award honors extraordinary service to refugees, and outstanding work on behalf of the forcibly displaced. The deadline for nominations is February 8, 2016.


  • The Emerging Immigration Scholars Conference will take place February 26 and 27, 2016. This conference, organized by the UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration, seeks to create an interdisciplinary space for junior immigration scholars to share drafts of their research and writing projects and get to know one another.
  • Conference on Effective Representation of Refugees and Aslyees, will take place March 15 and 16, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. The conference is designed for those who work with refugees, asylees and their families on immigration law matters. Invited presenters include immigration law practitioners as well as immigration officers working at the Nebraska Service Center and other government speakers.
  • The Ethiopian Community Development Council Inc.’s (ECDC) 22nd National Conference on African Refugees and Immigrants, will take place April 26-29, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. This year’s theme is “Beyond Shelter for Refugees and Immigrants: Moving from Protection to Integration”.
  • The Freedom Network's 14th Annual Conference, "Bridging the Gap: Building a Movement through Partnership, Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution", will take place April 4-5, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The event seeks to take trafficking out of its silo to explore its root causes and best practice interventions.
  • Calling All Immigrant and Refugee Storytellers! Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) Biennial National Convening, "Stronger Together: Immigrants, Philanthropy, and the American Dream", will be held May 4, 2016 in Austin, Texas. This year, GCIR is partnering with The Moth, the Peabody Award-winning nonprofit dedicated to the craft of first-person storytelling, to feature the experiences of immigrants and refugees during a live storytelling event. Stories must be submitted by February 15, 2016. 
  • The 2016 Summer Course on Refugees and Forced Migration at York University in Ontario, Canada, will take place May 9-13, 2016. The course is designed for academic and field-based practitioners already working on/studying forced migration/refugee issues. Participants typically include government officials, non-government organization personnel, university faculty, and graduate students. Topics include Forced displacement: International case studies; UNHCR, the Convention and the International Refugee Regime; Refugee resettlement: policy & practice; Age, gender and diversity mainstreaming in forced migration; Sexual minority refugee determination; Legal approaches to refugee studies; Borders and the externalization of asylum; Child migration; Health and refugees; and, the future of forced migration.
  • Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on the Protection of Migrants' Rights in the Mediterranean will hold its second Open Sea Summer School on Migration, Sea Border Control and Human Rights from June 6-13, 2016 in Naples, Italy. The full program of teaching and cultural activities can be accessed through the Centre's website, alongside the application form, at: www.jmcemigrants.eu. The closing date for applications is March 31, 2016.
  • Cambio de Colores 15th Annual Conference will take place June 8-10, 2016 in Columbia, Missouri. This year's theme is "Latinos in the Heartland: Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunity". This multistate conference focuses on the integration of immigrants in new destination areas. It is a professional development opportunity that engages practitioners, researchers, and those working in communities with new immigrant populations to share experiences and knowledge that facilitate the integration of immigrants.
  • The Foster Family-based Treatment Association's (FFTA) 30th Annual Conference will take place July 10-13, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Conference Committee is interested in receiving proposals for new advance-level workshops on topics that cover new strategies, interventions, models, and theories that can be used by experienced family-based treatment professionals who have clinical management, administrative, research, evaluation, training, or supervision responsibilities.
  • Save the date! The 2016 COA Conference will take place July 17-19 in New York, New York. The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, accreditor of organizations that provide social and behavioral health services to at-risk populations. COA researches and publishes best practice standards and engages organizations in a comprehensive review with the goal of strengthening and improving their capacity, administration and management functions and service delivery.


  • KARAMAH's Law and Leadership Summer Program 2016, is specifically designed to provide training that addresses the unique challenges facing Muslim women today, while, at the same time, emphasizing individual's talents and opportunities available to participants.  The deadline to apply is February 15, 2016.
  • National Girls Initiative, from the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), presents an opportunity to serve as OJJDP's principal technical assistance provider addressing girls and their involvement with the juvenile justice system. The deadline to apply is March 8, 2016.
  • Mini-grants for Public Schools and Libraries, from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, are intended to support projects that foster creative expression, collaboration, and interaction with a diverse community. The funding program provides an opportunity for educators, whose efforts are often inadequately funded or recognized, to create special activities outside the standard curriculum and make time to encourage their students. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2016.
  • Grants for Leaders Helping Children, from World of Children, provides funding and recognition to support life-changing work for children by discovering and elevating only the most effective change makers for children worldwide. Awards in 5 categories will be chosen - Education, Health, Humanitarian, Protection and Youth Awards. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2016.
  • Female Genital Cutting (FGC) Community-Centered Health Care and Prevention Projects, from the Office on Women's Health, aims to address gaps in the provision of FGC-related health care services for women living in the U.S. who have experienced FGC and to help prevent U.S. girls at risk for undergoing this practice. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2016.
  • Charitable Giving Grants, from Walgreens, are given to organizations that concentrate on the following areas: access to health and wellness in their community; pharmacy education programs and mentoring initiatives; civic and community outreach; emergency and disaster relief. The deadline is rolling.
  • Youth Program Grants, from Kinder Morgan, support organizations that have one of the following programs: academic programs, including tutoring; arts education programs; environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards. The deadline is rolling.


Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • Stopping the Revolving Door: Reception and Reintegration Services for Central American Deportees, a new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), provides a detailed portrait of the reception and reintegration services that exist in the Northern Triangle, including their sponsors, budgets and beneficiaries. The report, which sketches the successes and challenges of such programs, notes that while their relevance is unquestioned, knowledge of their effectiveness is quite limited and evaluation and monitoring are scant. And while short-term reception services have been expanded in recent years, long-term reintegration services remain unavailable for the majority of deportees.
  • Trends in Unaccompanied Child and Family Migration from Central America, a new fact sheet from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), traces the evolving trends in child and family migration, using the most recent apprehensions data from the United States and Mexico. The fact sheet examines the factors that contributed to the downturn in migration and sketches the push and pull factors that continue to drive this migration.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Syria Child Refugees, a teaching resource from SOS Children's Villages, was designed to introduce children and young people to the issue of Syrian child refugees.

Cultural Orientation/Integration 

  • Opening Minds, Opening Doors, Opening Communities: Cities Leading for Immigrant Integration, an Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Welcoming America report, authored by the USC Center for the Study of Immigration Integration, identifies 63 city-level institutions in places as diverse as Nashville, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City where local authorities are promoting immigrant integration. Months of conversations with the directors of local offices promoting reception and support for immigrant populations paint a picture of a country where authorities and stakeholders in the community are devoting time and effort to strengthen social cohesion by welcoming rather than rejecting the newcomers. (Description from source)

Child Welfare/Families

  • Living Together, Living Apart: Mixed Status Families and U.S. Immigration Policy, a collection of personal narratives and academic essays, is the first to focus on the daily lives and experiences, as well as the broader social contexts, for mixed status families in the contemporary United States. Threats of raids, deportation, incarceration, and detention loom large over these families. At the same time, their lives are characterized by the resilience, perseverance, and resourcefulness necessary to maintain strong family bonds, both within the United States and across national boundaries. (Description from source)
  • Building Community, Building Hope, a video series from CANTASD, shows real-world, collaborative solutions to the problem of child abuse and neglect. The film highlights three innovative programs working to prevent and respond to child maltreatment by engaging parents and communities and forming the partnerships needed to ensure the safety and well-being of all children and families. A discussion guide to help stimulate and shape the important conversations needed if we as a society are to better protect children accompanies the film.
  • Children in Immigration Detention: Challenges of Measurement and Definition, from the Global Detention Project, aims to help encourage discussion of this issue by making some preliminary proposals on a way forward, in particular by proposing the development of a methodology that would allow for careful designation of custodial arrangements focusing narrowly on the facilities used to accommodate child migrants and asylum seekers. 
  • A Profile of U.S. Children with Unauthorized Immigrant Parents, a fact sheet from Migration Policy Institute (MPI), finds that 42 percent of children with an unauthorized immigrant parent live in one of the 26 states that joined the DAPA challenge. All 10 states that have the highest shares of children with unauthorized immigrant parents among their overall children of immigrant population (North Carolina, Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Idaho and Texas) joined the DAPA lawsuit.
  • 'Righting the Wrong' for Asylum-Seeking Mothers and Children, a position paper from the Tahirih Justice Center, outlines three recommendations for the U.S. government: end family detention, discontinue expedited removal for arriving mothers with children, and allow NGOs to offer comprehensive orientation and community based support to all mothers and children.

Early Childhood

  • Now available! Ways to Use Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development Handbook, from the Office of Head Start National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, is a tool designed to support Head Start and Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS), Refugee Resettlement staff, and other early care and education providers in using and applying concepts from the Handbook. It includes staff self-reflection activities, team planning strategies, and approaches to family engagement.  Supplemental tip sheets include conversation starters, cultural considerations, and additional resources for each of the handbook's themes. Also resources are available in English, Spanish, and Arabic.



  • "Immigrant and Refugee Youth Settlement Experiences: 'A New Kind of War'", from International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies, explores factors that influenced the settlement experiences of 14 immigrant and refugee youth who arrived in Canada as adolescents. Analyses of the semi-structured interview transcripts revealed that their settlement and adaptation were negatively influenced by pre-migration experiences; difficult socioeconomic circumstances in Canada; lack of knowledge of Canadian laws and legal sanctions; challenging educational experiences; racism and discrimination; and cultural identity issues. However, several factors exerted a positive influence on participants' settlement experiences or served to mitigate the negative influences in their lives: in particular, strong support networks and involvement in prosocial community programs as participants and/or leaders. Recommendations for facilitating the integration process in school settings and in the wider community are made.

Health/Mental Health

  • I Deal, from War Child Holland, is a life skills intervention that combines creative activities with games and group discussions to build the resilience and improve the coping skills of children and young people to better 'deal' with their daily lives. The modules are best for youth aged 11 to 15 years and are available in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.
  • "Overrepresentation of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in Inpatient Psychiatric Care", from SpringerPlus, aims to compare inpatient psychiatric care between URMs and non-URMs. The study found that URMs were overrepresented in inpatient psychiatric care. (Description from source)
  • Walking Together: A Mental Health Therapist's Guide to Working with Refugees, from Lutheran Community Services Northwest, is for mental health providers who have the privilege of working with refugees. It provides a foundational body of knowledge with an overview of both contextual and clinical considerations. (Description from source)
  • No Safe Haven Here: Mental Health Assessment of Women and Children Held in U.S. Immigration Detention, from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), assess the mental and behavioral health of refugee Central American women. A team of mental and behavioral health specialists collected data at Dilley, at the Greyhound Bus Station in San Antonio, and at the Hospitality House, a shelter in San Antonio, from recently arrived Central American women in order to study and better understand their mental and behavioral health,


  • Sex Trafficking Infographic, from the University of New England, shows the harsh facts of sex trafficking. Human sex trafficking is an epidemic that plagues many different countries. The internet has proven to be instrumental to offenders and customers who are looking to enhance the trade, as well as authorities who seek to expose and abolish it. Please review this infographic to learn more about the realities of online sex trafficking.

Program Development

  • The Leadership for All Ages: Generations Working Together to Strengthen Communities, a curriculum designed by The Intergenerational Center at Temple University, supports leveraging the rich resources and assets that residents at all stages of life bring to community change efforts.  The curriculum creates a range of opportunities for residents of different generations to learn together and deepen their skills as leaders and network-builders.