What's New

January 2015


  • In November, President Obama announced that his Administration will modify immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security issued a series of memos to make changes to removal priorities, Secure Communities, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, deferred action, provisional waivers, parole, and more. In general, the reforms fall into three categories: (i) changes to immigration enforcement policy; (ii) deferred action expansion; and (iii) changes to our legal immigration system. The Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) is a national collaboration of partners coordinating a response to the executive actions. CIRI has set up the www.adminrelief.org "Administrative Relief Resource Center" website to distribute new information and resources. A number of other agencies have done the same:

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offers a summary of the Executive actions with links to the memos that provide direction for implementation.

    The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has setup a new listserv to help practitioners share information and ask questions.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has published guidance for people with removal orders, in proceedings, or in custody.

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has an information page and a sign-up to receive notifications of changes.



  • Addressing Trauma Needs of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors, a Webinar from  the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), in partnership with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), will take place on January 15, 2015 from 3-4:30PM EST. The Webinar is part of the series "Advancements in the Field: What's Working?" which addresses current advances in the field of trauma-informed child welfare practice. It will highlight the latest evidence informed and evidence based trauma practices in key areas relevant to the work of child welfare.
  • The 29th Annual Conference on the Prevention of Child Abuse will take place February 23-24 in Las Colinas, Texas. The Conference is designed to offer quality training and information on topics and model programs of interest to leaders in child abuse prevention: social workers, counselors, educators, child care and youth workers, law enforcement personnel, medical & legal professionals, foster parents, child welfare board volunteers, elected officials, and other interested child advocates.
  • FMIP 2015 Conference, Refugee Livelihoods: Innovations in Career-Laddering, from The Forced Migration Innovation Project, will take place March 4-5, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. This event will gather service providers, employers, refugees, state agencies, faith-based organizations, and academics to inspire creative collaborative paths forward. ·       
  • 31st International Symposium on Child Abuse will take place March 23-26, 2015 in Huntsville, Alabama. The International Symposium on Child Abuse is a multidisciplinary conference offering numerous networking opportunities and more than 130 workshops presented by outstanding professionals from all facets of the child maltreatment field.
  • TESOL 2015 will take place on March 25-28 in Toronto, Canada. Conference events include plenary and luminary speakers, dynamic workshops, diverse panel discussions, educational site visits, and a variety of K–12 programming.   
  • The 18th National School Social Work Conference will be held April 15-18 in Nashville, Tennessee.  "School Social Workers: Making a Difference in Schools, Homes & Communities" will include workshops on positive behavioral interventions, bullying, working with particular populations, mental health, parent engagement, and more.  
  • Connecting Leaders, Impacting Communities and Sustaining Programs, a two day symposium sponsored by the National Partnership for Community Training in partnership with the University of Miami School of Law's Human Rights Clinic, will take place April 27-28, 2015, in Miami, Florida.  The event will address considering non-traditional program structures, implementing meaningful partnerships, and integrating clinical and legal approaches, while experts will also address current thematic issues in torture treatment, such as working with interpreters and designing orientation curricula.  
  • Advancing Excellence through Innovation and Collaboration, the Child Welfare League of America's (CWLA) 2015 National Conference, will take place April 27-29, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. This conference provides an opportunity to learn from featured evidence-informed/based practices and real world solutions that demonstrate successful thinking in support of children, youth and families.  
  • Save the date! ECDC's 21st National Conference on African Refugees and Immigrants, Raising a Collective Voice: Newcomers, Partners, and Communities, will take place April 28-May 1, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia.  
  • Save the date! CLINIC's 17th Annual Convening will take place May 13-15, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gather with fellow advocates and service providers, share strategies, and enhance your expertise to build welcoming communities!   
  • Save the date! The 5th Annual North American Refugee Health Conference will convene on June 4-6, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.  The conference will highlight the latest information on refugee health issues locally and internationally. The call for abstracts is now open.


  • The Big Read 2014, from The National Endowment for the Arts, is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs, which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. The deadline to apply is January 28, 2015.  
  • The Roth Award for Underserved Populations, from the Mary Byron Project, addresses the needs of underserved populations. The program's primary focus must address the issue of intimate partner violence. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2015.  
  • Innovative Reading Grant 2014-15, from the American Association of School Librarians, supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children, which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers. The deadline to apply is February 15.  
  • Grants for Independent Schools, from the Edward E. Ford Foundation, aim to support independent high schools. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2015. 
  • 2015 Mini-Grants, 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 15, 2015.    
  • The 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.  
  • Do Something Grants help to create a sustainable community action project, program, or organization. Grants between $250-$500 will be awarded. Nonprofit organizations and schools are eligible to apply. The deadline is rolling.


Migration/Resettlement Awareness

  • Protracted Refugee Populations of the World at the Start of 2014, a map from the  Migration Policy Centre, illustrates the number of protracted refugee populations in the world along with countries currently at risk.  
  • UNHCR Projected Global Resettlement Needs outlines UNHCR resettlement submissions and departures from 2013-2014, projected global resettlement needs and capacity for 2015, effective implementation of the strategic use of resettlement, reception and integration of resettled refugees, resettlement management, partnership, and strategic response.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children and Youth

  • Of Beetles and Angels shares one boy's remarkable journey from a refugee camp in Sudan, to a childhood on welfare in an affluent American suburb, and eventually to a full-tuition scholarship at Harvard University. (Description from source)

Child Welfare/Families

  • Child Welfare Systems and Migrant Children: A Cross Country Study of Policies and Practice, examines where, why, and to what extent immigrant children are represented in the child welfare system in different countries. These countries include Australia/New Zealand, Belgium/the Netherlands, England, Estonia, Canada, Finland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Norway, and the United States—all of them having different child welfare philosophies and systems as well as histories and practices in immigration.
  • In-Country Refugee/Parole Program for Minors in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras with Parents Lawfully Present in the United States describes the in-country refugee/parole program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras that the United States is establishing to provide a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some children are currently undertaking to the United States. This program will allow certain parents who are lawfully present in the United States to request access to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for their children still in one of these three countries. Available in both English and Spanish.
  • "Investigations Involving Immigrant Children", a chapter from the Division of Children, Youth and Families Policy and Procedure Manual, explains the policy and procedures for investigating child abuse or neglect reports involving immigrant children in Arizona. 
  • "The Silent Crisis: Children Hurt by Current Immigration Enforcement Policies", from JAMA Pediatrics, suggest that positive health outcomes among recently arrived immigrants are related to mutual care and family devotion. The trauma of familial separation due to parental detention and deportation, however, has long-term negative impacts on children's health and well-being. The authors advocate for immigration policies that make child well-being a top priority. (Description from source)

Early Childhood

  • The Head Start Father Engagement Birth to Five Programming Guide, from the Office of Head Start, recognizes that father engagement is an essential component of family engagement. The guide offers strategies for implementing father engagement programming across systems and services and addresses serving expectant fathers and fathers of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and is designed for all Head Start staff. Other service providers who work with fathers, including teachers, home visitors, or parent leaders, may also find the guide useful.


Youth Development

  • Designing Stories, Bridging Success: Multimodal Digital Storytelling with At-Risk Immigrant and Refugee Students, a thesis from the University of British Columbia, presents an ethnographic, qualitative case study on a digital storytelling project with "at-risk" senior-high aged immigrant and refugee students in a Surrey School District transition program. Most of the students were of refugee background, belonging to a subpopulation of English language learners possessing distinct academic and social needs due to limited formal education and trauma.  
  • A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered Youth in Tribal Communities,  a seven-part video series, from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), highlights best practices for meeting the needs of drug-endangered youth in tribal communities. The series provides testimonials and examples of cultural practices as ways tribal communities can help traumatized children who are healing from drug endangerment. A companion resource guide is included.

Health/Mental Health


  • "New Directions in Research on Human Trafficking", from the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, evaluates four popular claims regarding human trafficking's international magnitude, trends, and seriousness relative to other illicit global activities.

Program Development

  • Making Specialized Referrals, an information guide from the National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT), assists in making effective and informed referrals by highlighting the process and the content needed to develop and maintain a referral network. Screenings and referrals are necessary in order to ensure the effective use of holistic treatment for torture survivors. This guide highlights some of the more popular screening instruments currently being used in the refugee trauma field.