What's New

August 2016


  • New Grant Award! BRYCS is pleased to announce that it was awarded funding for a new 3-year project. This award, from the Office for Women's Health, will address Female Genital Cutting (FGC) in refugee communities through BRYCS' extensive network. Stay tuned for more information!
  • BRYCS Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook is now available in Arabic and Somali! This booklet was created for agencies serving refugees and immigrants in order to support their efforts to ensure that newcomer parents have the basic information they need about U.S. laws and parenting practices.
  • BRYCS Blog and Forum! Share. Collaborate. Build Capacity. Are you a service provider working with newcomers families? Share resources and learn from each other'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! Check out BRYCS' latest blogs on "Muslim Refugee Youth: Stories & Strategies Addressing Discrimination & Bullying" and  "Study on Unaccompanied Children: Factors in Successful Integration".
  • New Promising Practices! Aware Girl's Youth Capacity Building Project promotes peace activism among youth, identifies potential peace activists, and organizes and strengthens their capacity in peace building, and conflict resolution, which will lead to countering extremism in the North West of Pakistan. Also new this month is OurBRIDGE! This program supports refugee and immigrant communities by offering a one-of-a-kind enrichment program (including out-of-school time programming) for newly arrived and 1st generation American children.
  • Nominate a Hero for a Casey Excellence for Children Award! The Casey Excellence for Children Awards recognize individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving outcomes for children and families in the foster care system. Please nominate an alumnus, birth parent, foster or adoptive parent, or kinship caregiver who is committed to building hope for children, families and their communities. Nominations are due by September 7, 2016.
  • Mental Health First Aid Trainings Available! ORR's Division of Refugee Health is offering trainings for refugee community leaders and members as well as front-line refugee service providers. These trainings introduces participants to risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms for a range of mental health issues; builds participants' understanding of the impact and prevalence of mental health conditions; and provides an overview of mental health support and treatment resources. To schedule a training contact Parangkush (PK) Subedi


  • Study on Unaccompanied Children: Factors in Successful Integration, a BRYCS Webinar, will take place August 9 at 2PM EST. Join USCCB Foster Care and Family Reunification staff to learn about the findings from their recent study on factors in successful integration of unaccompanied children. Themes were gleaned from interviews with youth, caregivers, and case managers, as well as surveys from USCCB's network of foster care and family reunification providers. The presentation will address promising practices in case management and key service areas such as education and legal services, and the importance of youth strengths and relational support.
  • The 28th Annual Crimes against Children Conference will take place August 8-11 in Dallas, Texas. This conference provides practical and interactive instruction to those fighting crimes against children and helping children heal. Sessions of particular interest to BRYCS network include Child Sex Trafficking: Effective Strategies for Recovery Planning & Victim Engagement and Gang Endangered Children.
  • The 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect will take place August 31 - September 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. This conference will bring together professionals, researchers, policy makers, parents, and volunteers from a wide variety of disciplines who share a commitment to ensuring the well-being of children and families. This year's theme, Building Community, Building Hope, acknowledges the tremendous power in communities to address the problem of child abuse and neglect.
  • The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference will be held September 7-10 in Athens. The main theme this year is borders and technology. 
  • 13th Annual Immigration Law & Policy Conference, organized by the Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and Georgetown Law,  will take place September 12 in Washington, DC. The conference will offer timely policy and legal analysis as well as thoughtful discussion of key immigration topics facing the country and the incoming administration and Congress. Panels will feature government leaders, researchers, service providers, and other immigration experts.
  • The Immigration, Refugees, Diaspora and Difference: Politics, Policies, and Strategies for Difference and Solidarity in Contemporary Societies Workshop will be held September 13-14 in Poland.
  • The Third International Conference of the "Local Action in Migratory Matters" Network will take place September 22-23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference will discuss findings of investigative work and/or related to migration and human rights and migration and testimonial/artistic/cultural practices.
  • Achieving Education 2030 and Eliminating Child Labour, from the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) and the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC), is a course that explores policy measures and program interventions to remove the barriers to education faced by working children as well as children at risk of child labour. It will take place will run from September 26-30 in Turin, Italy. Applications to attend are due on August 19. Those interested in attending may apply online here.  
  • International Social Service - USA's 6th Annual Conference, will take place October 13, 2016 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. This year's conference theme is, The Ties that Bind: Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Children Separated from Their Families Across International Borders, will focus on the legal and human rights of children separated from their biological families across international borders.
  • Save the Date! The International Metropolis Conference 2016 will take place October 24-28, 2016 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. This conference aims to create trust through discussion on migration and integration and lead to a better world with peace and prosperity.

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.


  • Countering Violent Extremism Grants, from the Department of Homeland Security, supports programs, projects and activities that prevent recruitment or radicalization to violence by interrupting those efforts, building community-level resilience to them, and identifying the early signs of radicalization to violence and providing appropriate interventions through civic organizations, law enforcement or other entities. The deadline to apply is September 6, 2016.
  • Safe Places to Play Grant, from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Grants are provided to support all aspects of the game from assisting programs with operational costs to creating Safe Places to Play. A letter of interest is due September 30, 2016.
  • Disney's Friends for Change Grants, award $500 grants to young change makers, ages 5-18, who are working to makes their communities healthier, greener, and stronger. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2016.
  • Small Grants for Communities, from the Clif Bar Family Foundation, are for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Successful applicants will demonstrate addressing of the foundation's funding priorities: protecting Earth's beauty and bounty, creating a healthy food system, increasing opportunity for outdoor activity, reducing environmental health hazards, and building stronger communities. Applications are due October 1, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Singing for Change-Grants for Nonprofits and Communities supports nonprofit organizations that inspire personal growth, community integration, and the enhanced awareness that collectively, people can bring about positive change. Deadline is rolling.  


Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • The Boat, an interactive graphic novel, tells the story of a 16-year-old refugee sent off alone by her parents after the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War. It brings the Vietnamese refugee story to life and can be compared to the experience of today's refugees.
  • Cultural Profile: Clients from Syria, from Catholic Charities, provides basic cultural background and insights to the Syrian population through an interview between a Syrian woman and resettlement director.
  • Basic Vocabulary About Muslims and Their Faith, from Islamic Networks Group (ING), is a helpful sheet that offers terms that are commonly used or referred to by Muslims.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Cultural Privilege Walk, from the Refugee Center Online (RCO), is designed to allow newcomer students to analyze their own cultures and to see that their cultures in fact have many things that American culture does not. They can start to identify ways in which they have been privileged rather than just traumatized or marginalized. Download a version here to use in the classroom.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Economic Impact of Refugees in the Cleveland Area, from the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland, details the employment and fiscal impacts of refugees and refugee service organizations in the Cleveland area in the benchmark year, 2012.  The report provides concrete information about exactly how refugees contribute to the Cleveland area and has been used to foster greater support for refugees.
  • Moving into the Fast Lane: Understanding Refugee Upward Mobility in the Context of Resettlement, from the Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project, focuses on a two-and-a-half-year study of refugees that used a bottom-up, or refugee-centric, perspective. The objective of this report was to strengthen and improve economic integration by understanding how refugees have moved into the fast lane, and how their skills, aspirations, and cultural ladders can be supported in the process of becoming full participants in their new communities.
  • SIV Stories: Starting Anew in the United States, from CORE, is a video series to help SIV clients with their integration. The videos are available in Arabic, Dari, and English.

Child Welfare/Families

  • Not So Straightforward: The Need for Qualified Legal Support in Refugee Family Reunion, a research report from the British Red Cross, builds further evidence of administrative, financial and legal complexities faced by family reunion applicants.
  • Justice for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: An Advocacy Best Practices Manual for Legal Service Providers, from National Immigrant Justice Center, covers how to customize legal documents for use with child clients; meeting the social services needs of immigrant children; and practical approaches to some of the more common ethical and conflict situations that arise in the representation of unaccompanied children.
  • My Rights - My Future, from My Blue Sky, was designed for Australian secondary schools. This forced marriage toolkit contains 15 learning sessions and all resource materials necessary for implementing high quality learning experiences for students from Year 9 - 12. The Kit is a direct result of the 2015 forced marriage curriculum Australian pilot project, which involved nine schools across three states. There are also multilingual flyers and a safety plan and template.

Early Childhood

  • Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families,Culturally Responsive Practice, examines immigrant and refugee populations and the responses from available social service systems. The book also addresses federal policy and advocacy efforts for immigrants and refugees, while predicting future needs and responses.
  • Parents' Deal, from I Deal, aims to establish a mutually supportive environment for parents and caregivers to address the challenges they face bringing up their children. Through the modules parents and caregivers can improve their knowledge of child development and well-being, find solutions together for challenges they face, and enhance their ability to care for their children in a practical and relevant way. (Description from source)


  • Newcomer Toolkit, from the U.S. Department of Education, can help U.S. educators and others who work directly with immigrant students—including asylees and refugees—and their families. It is designed to help staff achieve the following: expand and strengthen opportunities for cultural and linguistic integration and education; understand some basics about their legal obligations to newcomers; provide welcoming schools and classrooms for newcomers and their families; provide newcomers with the academic support to attain English language proficiency (if needed) and to meet college and career readiness standards; and support and develop newcomers' social emotional skills. 
  • The Home Language: An English Language Learner's Most Valuable Resource, from Colorin Colorado, discusses the research supporting the importance of a child's home language. It also explores the question of why an approach that is well-supported by research has been largely ignored in the era of "research-based" policy.
  • Calmer Classrooms: A Guide to Working with Traumatized Children, from the Australian Child Safety Commissioner, assists teachers, and other school personnel in understanding and working with children and young people whose lives have been affected by trauma. It also focuses on the needs of children who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect.


  • KnowBullying, from SAMHSA, is a free app that has simple conversation starters to begin a discussion with your child. It also provides strategies to prevent bullying for different ages, how to recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying, and tips for educators.
  • School Community Engaging with Immigrant Youth: Incorporating Personal/Social Development and Ethnic Identity Development, from School Community Journal, outlines how the family, peer, and school contexts can influence a student's ethnic identity, along with suggested activities that utilize ethnic identity development to enhance student personal/social development. The article also discusses informal methods of evaluating outcomes.
  • Mentoring Muslim Youth, an informational video, gives an overview of the Mentoring Muslim Youth Workshop offered by the Family and Youth Institute.

Health/Mental Health

  • Working with Traumatized Children: A Handbook for Healing, from CWLA, is for anyone who works with traumatized children, including teachers, parents, and professionals. It provides needed information to understand and guide a child suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through to recovery.
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants on the Move in Europe: A Multi-Agency Guidance Note, from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), provides advice on protecting and supporting the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants on the move in Europe. It describes key principles and appropriate interventions to guide all those who are designing and organizing emergency services and/or providing direct assistance to the affected people. (Description from source)
  • My Perinatal Journey, from the Multicultural Women's Health Centre, is to be used as a resource for culturally and linguistically diverse women who are needing support through the perinatal stage of their lives. Nine women and three husbands have been interviewed sharing their experiences, feelings and thoughts in relation to their perinatal journeys.
  • Suicidality Among Refugees, from the National Partnership for Community Training, is meant to raise awareness of refugee risk factors for suicide through addressing pertinent topics brought up by a related webinar's participants. This guide navigates through the individual, family, community, and programmatic aspects and influences as they pertain to risk of suicide.


  • Durable Solutions for Trafficked Children, from UNICEF, explores the way in which the current immigration, criminal justice and social care systems work for trafficked children. The report looks at where change is required to ensure that every child has the support and protection they need. 
  • Global Action Against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants, from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), is a four-year (2015-2019) joint initiative by the European Union (EU) and UNODC being implemented and is expected to be delivered in up to 15 strategically selected countries. A focus will be placed on assistance to governmental authorities, civil society organizations, victims of trafficking and smuggled migrants. A summary of the action plan is available in Arabic, French, Lao, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

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