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August 2014
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Highlighted Resources for Working with Unaccompanied Minors, are meant to aid service providers and advocates as they prepare and working with the incoming influx of unaccompanied minors. The list includes resources providing background information on the humanitarian crisis, advocacy and policy resources, legal tools, resources for school and mental health professionals, and helpful resources for the minors themselves.  
  • Unaccompanied Children, a short video from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), provides an overview of Migration and Refugee Services, one of two agencies authorized by the U.S. Department of State to help children who enter the United States without a legal guardian.  
  • FACT SHEET: Unaccompanied Children from Central America, from The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, addresses how the Administration is responding to the rise of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States.
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EVENTS

  • Welcoming Institute 2014: Leaders Building Community Support for Refugees, will take place on August 28th in Atlanta, Georgia. During this intensive one day training and yearlong cohort, you will learn ways to foster deeper connections between longer-term, receiving communities members and refugees in your community; consider how you can apply welcoming strategies to new and existing efforts in order to increase their effectiveness; hone your community engagement skills and develop new expertise to take back to share with others in your community; and participate in a peer network to share your expertise and get feedback on your work. Participation is limited to 40 attendees who will be selected based upon their applications.
  • CWLA's National Kinship Conference "Building Communities of Caring for Children and Families" will take place September 17-19 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This conference is a call to bolster the collective knowledge of best practice, policy, program and service development, and to identify areas for further research.  
  • The 2014 National Refugee and Immigrant Conference: Issues and Innovations will take place October 23-24 in Chicago, Illinois. This conference aims to identify issues, emphasize best practices, and highlight innovations by providing those who work with refugees and immigrants an opportunity to learn from and network with one another.  
  • Save the date! The 2014 National Immigrant Integration Conference will take place December 14-16 in Los Angeles, California. This year marks the seventh year of NIIC, creating a collegial space across the advocacy, policy, service, corporate, labor, and academic worlds for discussions of practical solutions for immigrant integration.
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FUNDING

  • Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Funding Opportunity, from The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), will expand access to high-quality, comprehensive services for low-income infants and toddlers and their families. This funding will support the creation of Early Head Start – Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships and the expansion of Early Head Start (EHS) services to children and families. The deadline to apply is August 20. 
  • 2014 Grants for Children's Health, from the Ronald McDonald House Charities, support projects that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Previous grantees include Oral Health America and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The deadline to apply is August 29.  
  • Grants for Youth, from The LA84 Foundation, are primarily intended for the development of youth sports below the elite level and groups and communities underserved by traditional sports programs, including girls, ethnic minorities and the physically challenged. The deadline to apply is September 5.  
  • Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males, a funding project from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is seeking applications to stimulate and expand research in the health of minority men to enhance understanding of the numerous factors influencing the health promoting behaviors of racial and ethnic minority males Applicants focusing on the development and testing of culturally and linguistically appropriate health-promoting interventions designed to reduce health disparities among racially and ethnically diverse males and their subpopulations age 21 and older are welcome to apply. The deadline to apply is September 7, 2016.
  • 2014 GreenWorks! Grants, from Project Learning Tree, fund projects that include school/community native plant gardens, forest improvement projects, streamside restoration, recycling programs, and energy conservation projects for students. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2014.
  • National Alliance for Grieving Children and the New York Life Foundation's Voices for Healthy Kids is providing grants for the purpose of expanding grief support services to underserved populations. The deadline is rolling.
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RESOURCES

Migration/Resettlement Awareness

  • The Globalisation of Migration: Has the World Really Become More Migratory?, a paper from the University of Oxford: International Migration Institute, aims to fill this gap by mapping shifts in global migration patterns between 1960 and 2000. In order to simultaneously capture changes in the spread, distance and intensity of migration, this paper elaborates indices for emigration dispersion, immigration diversification and migration globalization. (Description from source)  
  • Crime and Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean: Regional Country Profiles, from Action on Armed Violence, intends to provide detailed and comprehensive information about the problem of insecurity in the region, using three different data sources. This paper also conducted statistical analyses to look for tentative explanations of, among other things, victimization levels, fear of crime, trust in the community and the police.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children and Youth

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Making Your Way: A Reception and Placement Orientation Curriculum, from the Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR), is now available in Nepali.  This toolkit pulls together the activity materials contained in the R&P orientation curriculum for easy use. Arranged topically, and corresponding to the R&P orientation curriculum, the toolkit offers quick access to full-color posters, board games, role play scripts, cards , handouts, and other tools for those seeking to conduct interactive orientation sessions. The materials are designed to help refugees develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need during the R&P period. (Description from source)

Child Welfare/Families

Early Childhood

Education 

Youth Development

  • Migrant Youth, Transnational Families and the State: Care and Contested Interests, through interviews with children and their families, attorneys, social workers, policy-makers, law enforcement, and diplomats, examines the immigration policies that detain unaccompanied migrant children. The book draws on U.S. historical, political, legal, and institutional practices to contextualize the lives of children and youth as they move through federal detention facilities, immigration and family courts, federal foster care programs, and their communities across the United States and Central America.

Health/Mental Health

  • Working with Refugees with PTSD, an information guide from The National Partnership for Community Training (NCPT), is based on a Webinar presented on June 5, 2014 by Kristin L. Townhill, LCSW, a Florida Center for Survivors of Torture clinical supervisor. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can manifest as a result of experiencing, witnessing, or perpetrating torture or trauma and is one of the most common mental health issues experienced by refugees. 
  • Substance Abuse and the Torture Survivor Experience, an archived Webinar from the National Partnership for Community Training (NCPT), explains how the varying degrees of trauma experienced by refugees and torture survivors can have physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral effects. The Webinar offers guidance in identifying, diagnosing, referring, and treating substance abuse within the refugee and torture survivor community, addresses the apprehension of some social service providers in addressing substance abuse, addresses the stigma and cultural norms associated with substance abuse, and offers best practices for dealing with substance abuse.   
  • Helping Children Cope with Death and Trauma, from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, includes three tip sheets to help caretakers and educators identify children's reactions to a traumatic loss and facilitate the healing process. Specifically, the tip sheets highlight some of the symptoms of traumatic grief in young, school-age, or military children.

Trafficking

  • Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States, from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, offers strategies, legislative approaches, and a research agenda around this victimization. A supplemental infographic illustrates how schools, police, victim services, businesses, the legal system, and health care providers can collaborate in preventing, identifying, and responding to commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors.  
  • Services Available to Victims of Human Trafficking: A Resource Guide for Social Service Providers, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), provides information about assistance available to many victims of human trafficking in the United States. It describes various community and State-funded resources, including food, shelter, clothing, medical care, legal assistance, and job training. The guide also provides information on how a foreign national trafficking victim can obtain a Certification Letter or Eligibility Letter. The booklet outlines the types of Federal benefits and services available to trafficking victims in various immigration categories. Included in the guide is a chart for each Federal program that describes eligibility information for certified adults, children with letters of eligibility, lawful permanent residents, U.S. citizens, and others. (Description from source)

Program Development

  • Social Media and Migration Research, a paper from the United Nations University, provides a broad overview of the current state of research on migration and social media in four key areas: 1) the use of social media to trigger and facilitate migration in both positive (networks) and negative ways (human trafficking); 2) the role of social media and migrant integration; 3) the use of social media in diaspora engagement; and 4) the use of social media in conducting migration research. (Description from source)
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