What's New

December 2014


  • On November 20, 2014, 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.



  • 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.  
  • 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.


  • Performance Partnership Project, from the Department of Education (DOE), aims to improve the lives of disconnected youth. For the next 100 days, state, local, and tribal governments can apply to become a pilot site to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth. Although non-governmental entities are not eligible to be a lead applicant, they may still serve as key partners in designing and implementing pilots. For more information, email disconnectedyouth@ed.gov.
  • Sports 4 Life Grant Program, from the Women's Sports Foundation, aims to increase participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls in sports. The deadline to apply is December 17, 2014.
  • Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers Grants, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), encourages grant applications to support a transdisciplinary program of basic and applied research to examine the effects of environmental factors on children's health and well-being. The deadline to apply is December 22.  
  • Walmart's 2014 Community Grant Program aims to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations. The deadline to apply is December 31.     
  • Youth Program Grants 2015, from The Kinder Morgan Foundation, funds programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the many cities and towns across North America where Kinder Morgan operates. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2015.  
  • Improving Health through Innovative Collaborations Grants, from The BUILD Health Challenge, will give two kinds of awards – planning and implementation awards – to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofits, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. In addition to grants, awardees will have access to a broad range of support services, including technical assistance, coaching and access to networks of population health innovators. The deadline to apply is January 16, 2015.  
  • The Roth Award for Undeserved Populations, from the Mary Byron Project, was created specifically for programs that address 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.  
  • 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

  • Refugees from Syria, a new refugee background from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), includes information about refugees from Syria and addresses modern history, government, economy, common beliefs and customs, conditions in first-asylum countries, and implications for resettlement.
  • "No Escape: Civilians in Syria Struggle to Find Safety Across Borders", a report from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), examines the narrowing of the asylum space in the countries surrounding Syria, including new restrictions and barriers to entry to asylum countries leading to refoulement and problems related to legal status and rights enjoyed by Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. 

For Refugee/Immigrant Children and Youth

  • Why are People Refugees? explains the differences between being a refugee, an internally displaced person, and an economic migrant. It also touches on the experiences of being forced from one's home through case studies and quotes from former refugees.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • The Continuity of Risk: A Three-City Study of Congolese Women-at-Risk Resettled in the U.S., a study conducted in collaboration between researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, aims to understand the concerns, challenges, risks, and strengths of adult Congolese refugee women resettled to the U.S. under the women-at-risk category to help policymakers, service providers, and other stakeholders prepare for future arrivals.

Child Welfare/Families

  • Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Resources, from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), a compilation of links and summaries of available resources for anyone working with the Unaccompanied Minor population. This resource includes general information on working with and representing children, immigration options for UACs, practice advisories on different forms of relief, immigration consequences of delinquency, overview of the immigration detention and deportation process for immigrant children, legal know your rights for children, the intersection of child welfare and immigration, juvenile justice and immigration, and more.  
  • Hispanics and Family-Strengthening Programs: Cultural Strategies to Enhance Program Participation, a brief from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, describes the adaptations and refinements undertaken by study sites such as addressing issues of language, diversity, racism, and immigration, and incorporating cultural constructs like familismo, confianza, personalismo, and respeto.  
  • Guide for Detained and Removed Parents with Child Custody Concerns, from the Women's Refugee Commission, a guide, which Immigration and Customs Enforcement will make available in all immigration detention facilities housing adults for more than 72 hours, provides parents with steps they can take to protect their parental rights; information on family court proceedings, parent-child visitation, and coordinating care of children; as well as helpful ICE resources for detainees.  
  • "Getting Kids Out of Harm's Way: The United States' Obligation to Operationalize the Best Interest of the Child Principle for Unaccompanied Minors", from the Connecticut Law Review Online, contributes to the ongoing discussion on how to best handle the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border this summer. Specifically, the essay argues that the United States must provide a solution that both keeps the children in need of international protection out of harm's way, and is grounded in international human rights law and practice. (Description from source)

Early Childhood

  • The Safe to Sleep® Campaign (formerly the Back to Sleep® campaign), from the Eunice Kennedy Shiver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), promotes ways to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. The new e-toolkit includes videos in English and Spanish explaining ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.


  • Pathways through Education for Young People in Care: Ideas from Research and Practice, from British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF), calls for improving the educational aspirations and attainments of young people both in and beyond care. Part four, includes chapters on the higher education of youth in foster care, education pathways for lone asylum-seeking and refugee young people's education and self-reliance among care leavers.  

Youth Development

  • "Reflections on a Participatory Research Project: Young People of Refugee Background in an Arts-Based Program", from the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, describes a research project exploring how arts-based interventions facilitate well-being and settlement of recently arrived young people of refugee background. Specifically, the article discusses the usefulness of participatory research in evaluating a school-based arts program where refugee-background young people had the opportunity to tell their story through multiple media such as photos, individual narratives, and embodied performance (e.g.,dance). Reflections and lessons on the challenges of conducting a participatory research project are also offered. (Description from source)

Health/Mental Health


Program Development