- 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 " 'A Woman's Country'? Addressing the Fears and Misconceptions Impacting the Cultural Adjustment of Refugee Families" and "Muslim Refugee Youth: Stories & Strategies Addressing Discrimination & Bullying."
- New International Promising Practice! The Be-Free Program is run by the Bahrain Women Association and helps children and teenagers build their character and protect themselves. They also provide support and build cooperation with parents, specialists, and whoever cares about children and teenagers to achieve high levels of development in children's and teenagers' issues. Also new this month is ICC Crossroads! This program works with Middle Eastern, South Asian, North/West/East African and
Muslim American communities that have low to moderate incomes and are
currently underserved in Montgomery County and the Greater Washington DC
- New Updated Bullying Highlighted Resource List! This list covers a wide variety of topics including, general information on bullying, resources for educators, resources for parents, resources for youth, and resources for the community.
- Tips and Resources for Serving the Current Syrian Pipeline, from Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), provides resources and tips to assist service providers in the resettlement of incoming Syrian refugees, specifically in the first 90 days.
- World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is July 30th. See what MRS' Anti-Trafficking Department is doing to help stop trafficking. Learn more about trafficking and download resources on BRYCS' Anti-Trafficking Highlighted Resource List.
- The Center for Forced Migration Studies at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Northwestern University wants to hear from you about what's working in harnessing local good will through community partnerships and engagement in the resettlement process. Take the online Community Partnerships and Engagement in Resettlement survey here. Make sure and fill the survey out before July 29, 2016. CFMS is also looking to collect more in depth case studies. If you would like to participate in contributing a case study, please contact Galya Ruffer.
Conferences & Trainings
- Hope, Help, and Healing: A Catholic Response to Domestic Violence and Abuse, a two day symposium hosted by The Catholic University of America (CUA), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington, and Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington, will take place July 7-8, 2016 in Washington, DC. The goal of the symposium is to ensure that every Catholic parish in the country has the tools it needs to respond compassionately and appropriately to an individual or couple experiencing intimate partner abuse. Registration is free.
- The Foster Family-based Treatment Association's (FFTA) 30th Annual Conference will take place July 10-13, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Join over 600 family-based service professionals and foster parents for over 90 workshops highlighting best practices being applied in the
- The 16th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM)
will take place July 12-15, 2016 in Poland. This year's conference
theme is Rethinking Forced Migration and Displacement: Theory, Policy,
- Immigrant Student Success: Models and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators Online Workshop will take place on July 12-13, 2016, from 11:00AM to 2:00PM EST. This workshop is for educators seeking to encourage the progress of their immigrant students for the benefit of the entire classroom. Through interactive webinars and live exercises with experts, participants will learn about asset-based models and techniques for capitalizing on classroom diversity.
- The 2016 COA Conference will take place July 17-19, 2016 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.
- The Model Programs Guide iGuides webinar will take place July 19, 2016 from 1:00-2:30 PM. This webinar will provide an overview of MPG, the development of the MPG iGuides, and how communities can use them to address problems. Register for this free webinar.
- Domestic Violence: Individual, Systemic, and Community Impact Webinar will take place on July 20, 2016, 1:00PM - 2:30PM EDT. This webinar will cover policies and legal considerations around DV, including confidentiality issues; refugee-specific considerations, including the use power dynamics around immigration status; and steps on how to engage with community and mainstream partners, as well as legal recourses for resettlement workers. The presenters will share experiences from each of their programs and backgrounds working with vulnerable populations who are survivors of domestic violence.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Call for Papers
- The Journal of Migration and Human
Security is now accepting articles for a special issue on the 20th Anniversary
of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996
(IIRIRA). Articles can focus on three areas: (1) factors that led to and
influenced the enactment of IIRIRA; (2) intended as well as unintended
consequences and the costs and benefits (both quantitative and qualitative)
that derived from IIRIRA; and (3) ways that the law can be improved in the
future. The deadline for proposals is July 8.
- Call for Proposals on Forced Displacement! The ESRC in collaboration with Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are launching a call for innovative, interdisciplinary projects focusing on the experiences of the forced displaced (both internationally and internally) whether due to poverty, war, conflict, and persecution or human rights violations. Proposals are due by July 20, 2016.
- Call for Manuscript Chapters! Authors are seeking original chapters for a collection tentatively titled "Sub-Saharan African Migrations: Challenges, Failures, and Coping Strategies". Abstracts are due by July 30, 2016.
- 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.
- Street Outreach Program, from the U.S. Administration for Children and Families (ACF), aims to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, or sexual exploitation. The deadline to apply is July 5.
- Information Campaign Grants, from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, support the dissemination of information about new and innovative programs designed to benefit youth, or for information already possessed by well-established organizations. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2016.
- Targeted Assistance Grant Discretionary Program (TAGD), from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), provides employment case management and social adjustment services to assist refugees to become self-sufficient when alternate funding or services are unavailable. Applications are due July 22, 2016.
- Home Study and Post Release Services for UC, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children's Services (ORR/DCS), is seeking Home Study and Post Release Service providers. Applicants must apply to provide both services. Applications are due July 25, 2016.
- Grants for Music Education for Children, from The Mockingbird Foundation Inc., aims to effect improvements in areas of importance focusing on music education for children. Multiple grants ranging from $100-$5,000 will be awarded to select applicants. Applications are due August 1, 2016.
- Standing Announcement for Residential (Shelter) Services for UC, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children's Services (ORR/DCS), is seeking shelter providers, to include group homes and transitional foster care providers. Applications are due August 1, 2016.
- Standing Announcement for Residential (Staff Secure) Services for UC, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Division of Children's Services (ORR/DCS), is seeking Staff Secure care providers. Residential care providers, operating a staff secure facility, must be licensed by an appropriate State agency to provide residential care, to include a heightened level of supervision, for children with delinquent behaviors, including gang involvement, serious behavioral problems, and/or who present a low to moderate flight risk. Applications are due August 1, 2016.
- Standing Announcement for Residential (Secure) Services for UC, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children's Services (ORR/DCS), is seeking secure care providers. Residential care providers, operating a secure facility, are required to be licensed in the State in which it is located to provide secure care. The secure care provider manages a specialized population of UC who have exhibited the following behaviors: violent or criminal behavior that endangers others; serious escape history/risk; extremely disruptive/dangerous behavior in a shelter; and/or disruptive/dangerous behavior in a staff-secure setting. Applications are due August 1, 2016.
- Standing Announcement for Residential (Long Term Foster Care) Services for UC, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children's Services (ORR/DCS), is seeking long-term foster care providers. Long term foster care providers are required to be licensed in the state in which they are located to provide foster care services and are required to meet the needs of UC by providing quality care in a community setting. Applications are due August 1, 2016.
- Standing Announcement for Residential (Therapeutic) Services for UC, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children's Services (ORR/DCS), is seeking therapeutic residential care providers including but not limited to: psychiatric treatment facilities; therapeutic shelter /group home services specializing in the care of children with conduct and behavioral issues. Applications are due August 1, 2016.
- Preferred Communities Program (PC), from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, is aimed at the successful resettlement and integration of especially vulnerable refugees, and the enhancement of refugee service providers' capacity to serve such populations at either new or established PC locations. Applications are due August 1, 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.
Migration & Resettlement Awareness
- Who We Really Are: A Conversation with Syrian Refugees in America, hosted by Brookings Institute, is a recorded event that discusses with recent Syrian refugees their experiences of forced migration, resettlement, and integration in the United States.
- The Politics of Fear: Unaccompanied Immigrant Children and the Case of the Southern Border, from the Villanova Law Review, focuses on how politicians and government officials have consistently responded to humanitarian and pragmatic concerns on unaccompanied children with fear-based rhetoric. This article contextualizes recent developments to secure rights for unaccompanied immigrant children at the southern border.
- Neither Safe Nor Sound, from UNICEF, looks at the situation for unaccompanied children in northern France, including Calais and Dunkirk. The study is based on interviews with 60 children between the ages of 11-17, living in the camps and slums along the coast of the English Channel between January and April 2016.
For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth
- The Good Braider, told through the voice of Viola, a young immigrant teen who escapes with her mother from war-torn South Sudan to a refugee camp in Cairo and then to a new home in Portland, Maine. Viola is haunted by the life she left behind – the people she has loved, the violence she has endured, and the natural beauty she remembers – as much as she is fearful and uncertain in her new life as an American living in Portland. A variety of discussion guides are also available, including a book guide, guide for community readers, and educators guide.
- Refugees Welcome Survey 2016, from Amnesty International, ranks 27 countries across all continents based on people's willingness to let refugees live in their countries, towns, neighborhoods and homes. The data is based on a global survey of more than 27,000 people carried out by the internationally renowned strategy consultancy GlobeScan.
- RISE Monitoring & Evaluation of Reintegration Toolkit, from RISE Learning Network, is primarily for organizations that work to assist and support children and young people in their reintegration back into families and communities. The toolkit provides ideas, examples and suggestions of how organizations could collect monitoring and evaluation data with, from and about the children and young people they work with.
- Smart Practices That Enhance Resilience of Migrants, from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), aims to ensure that all actors have the knowledge, tools, resources and capacities to identify and address the needs of vulnerable migrants and increase their protection.
- Building Strong Police-Immigrant Community Relations: Lessons from a New York City Project, from the Vera Institute of Justice, describes a COPS-funded project with the Vera Institute of Justice, who worked in conjunction with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to strengthen relations between police and new immigrant communities.
- Families from Refugee Populations–Best Practices Guide, from the Center for Advance Studies in Child Welfare, is intended to be an overview of selected topics that are relevant to providing culturally responsive services to families with refugee backgrounds and understanding their unique needs. General themes were identified through a literature review and interviews with refugee families. This guide is not meant to be exhaustive or representative of every family with a refugee background.
- Child Welfare & Cultural Diversity Resources, from the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, are designed to help those who work, study, and develop policy in child welfare develop cultural sensitivity and/or cultural competence.
- I Am Here, I Belong: The Urgent Need to End Childhood Statelessness, from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), aims to go beyond the statistics by providing direct testimony of children and young people and how being stateless affects them. Available in Spanish and French. #ibelong
- Detained, Deceived, and Deported: Experiences of Recently Deported Central American Families, from the American Immigration Council, is the result of interviews with eight individuals who were deported (or whose partners were deported) from the United States after being detained in family detention facilities. These interviews reveal the dangerous and bleak circumstances of life these women and their children faced upon return to their home countries, as well as serious problems in the deportation process.
- CRS Programs for Managing School Multicultural Conflict, from the Department of Justice, gives tips on how to manage multicultural conflict in schools and the different services CRS offers to help with this issue.
- Opening the School Gates Engaging Multicultural Families in Schools, from the Centre for Multicultural Youth, is a resource kit that provides teachers and other school staff with a range of strategies to encourage parents and families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds to fully participate in the educational experience of their children at school.
- Education: Issue Briefs, from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), were created for field operations and partners as a quick reference note on key thematic education issues. Briefs include Education and Protection, Out-of-school Children in Refugee Settings, Curriculum Choices in Refugee Settings, Mainstreaming Refugees in National Education Systems, Refugee Teacher Management, and Secondary Education for Refugee Adolescents.
- English Language Learners and Language of Mathematics Manual, developed by the Committee on the Language of Mathematics for ELLS, compares the language of mathematics to that of informal English and then dives into the ways in which ELL students acquire English as their second language. This manual is designed to introduce teachers to the ways in which they can facilitate the learning process for their ELLs through pronunciation and translation of mathematical statements.
- Helping Educators and Counselors Prevent Bullying of and Discrimination Against Our Nation's Muslim Youth Webinar, from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), discusses civil rights, bullying and harassment, basic cultural competence, behavioral health implications of bullying, and resources for assisting America's Muslim youth.
- Radicalization of Youth as a Growing Concern for Counter-Terrorism Policy, from Global Security Studies, addresses this major implication for counter-terrorism in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe. The paper encourages a comprehensive approach to the problem of radicalization, including community engagement and building of trust between law enforcement, social workers, and local populations.
- Refugee Youth Support Activities, a webinar from USCRI, discusses the ESOL/Bilingual/Migrant program run by St. Louis Schools. The program design is discussed and the speakers cover how they addressed the unique challenge of English language learners.
- New Information on Working with Refugee Children and Families, from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), provides information about refugee youth experiences and needs, guidance for care providers from different service systems on how to support the healthy adjustment of refugee youth, and access to tools, trainings, and resources.
- In Two Maine Towns, Schools Address the Mental Health of Refugee Children, from Health Affairs, looks at school-based programs in Auburn and Lewiston that help meet the unique health needs of refugees from war-torn Somalia.
- Counseling Muslims: Handbook of Mental Health Issues and Interventions answers difficult questions and helps behavioral health practitioners provide religio-culturally-competent care to Muslim clients living in territories such as North America, Australia, and Europe.
- The Relationship Among Previous Exposure to War and Conflict, Acculturation, and Identity Formation Among Adolescent Refugees, a thesis from the University of Central Florida, reports that previous exposure to war and conflict was found to impact identity development; however, the proposed hypothesis in which U.S. acculturation mediates the association between exposure to war and conflict on the one hand, and identity development on the other was not supported. (Description from source)
- Human Trafficking 101 for School Administrators and Staff, from the U.S. Department of Education and the Blue Campaign, gives basic information on human trafficking and how school staff can identify victims. It also gives tips about what to do if you suspect a student is being trafficking.
- Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 has been released! The TIP Report is the product of a yearlong effort requiring contributions and follow-up from employees in the United States and at diplomatic outposts across the globe, host country governments, and civil society.
- Verified Volunteers, the first-of-its-kind platform for volunteer background screening, makes the background screening process faster and more user-friendly for participating CCUSA member agencies and their volunteers. The platform features automatic monthly updates and cost-sharing capabilities, which decrease the time and monetary investment needed for both CCUSA member agencies and volunteers.