- BRYCS latest webinar, Managing Trauma: Tips for Supporting Refugee Teens
in Schools, Refugee Resettlement, & Other Contexts, has been archived! This webinar builds off of BRYCS previous webinar on Understanding
Trauma in Refugee Youth. Reflect on your work and relationships with refugee teens and learn about some of the dilemmas they face, as well as how to converse
helpfully and meaningfully with them, and intervene more
effectively with their families and schools.
- New Promising Practice! PRYSE Academy,
an Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education (ARYSE) program, is a free
summer day camp for immigrant and refugee youth in middle and high school. The
goal of the program is to help participants feel safe and welcomed in their new
home by supporting them in developing self-confidence, English skills, and
engaging in the broader community. The program combines academic classes,
creative expression workshops, and sports.
- National Migration Week is January
7-13th! USCCB/MRS has created a toolkit that provides many migration related
resources that can be used during this week for migration events. The toolkit
includes practical to-dos and prayer resources.
- January is National Slavery
& Human Trafficking Prevention Month! A Day of Prayer Toolkit, from the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS),
promotes efforts to raise awareness and educate communities on human
trafficking. The toolkit also provides best practices to help advance
- January is National Mentoring Month! This month we focus on the need for
mentors, as well as how each of us can work together to increase the number of
mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for young people and children. Visit
BRYCS highlighted resource list for more
resources on youth mentoring!.
Chadwick Center's 32nd Annual International Conference on Child and Family
Maltreatment will take place January 28-February 2, 2018 in San Diego,
California. The conference is intended for professionals working with families
experiencing child maltreatment, trauma and violence. BRYCS network may be
particularly interested in the Cultural Perspectives track.
- The 2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, "Building Community: A Call to the Common
Good", will take place February 3-6, 2018 in Washington
DC. The gathering includes dynamic and thought-provoking plenary presentations,
briefings, and workshops will focus on how the Church can respond to pressing
domestic and international social concerns, including migration.
- The Ethiopian Community Development
Council's (ECDC) 24th Annual National Conference will take place April 18-19,
2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. This year's theme "U.S. Refugee Protection:
Reflecting on the Past and Preparing for the Future", aims to enhance public
awareness of and support for refugee and immigrant needs, to strengthen
resettlement programs and services, and to promote cultural and socio-economic
initiatives that help newcomers integrate into their communities. Workshop proposal
applications are due February 9, 2018, at 5pm.
- Child Welfare League of America's (CWLA)
2018 National Conference, "Advancing Excellence in Practice and Policy: Building
Resilience in Changing Times", will take place April 26-29, 2018 in Washington,
DC. The conference will focus on evidence-informed/based programs and
practices, and related policies and tools that lead to successful
implementation of practices, services, and programs.
19th Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held
May 30 – June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. The 2018 conference will continue to
focus on programs, policies, and services that support low-income and
vulnerable families on the path to economic self-sufficiency, as well as child
and youth well-being and strengthening families.
- The Family Focused Treatment Association’s
32nd Annual Conference will be held July 8-11, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The
FFTA Conference Committee is interested in receiving proposals for
advanced-level workshops on topics of culturally responsive practice – cultural
and ethnic disproportionality and disparities, and programs geared toward
specific populations –such as immigrants and sex trafficking victims. Proposals
are due by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
- 2018 North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is being held June 7-9, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.The
call for abstracts, workshops, and panel discussions is now open. Categories
include Mental Health,
Models of Care, Pediatrics, Vaccines, Community, Education/Research, Advocacy,
Screening, Chronic Disease, Infectious Disease, or Nutrition and Body.
The submission deadline is March 1, 2018.
Call for Papers
- The Journal of Communication
Inquiry (JCI) invites submissions that adopt critical-cultural
approaches to the intersection of media and immigration, such as the complex
role in negotiating the migration process and experience and how it has
affected children who are both immigrating or have immigrated, for its October
2018 theme issue, “Mediating Global Migration.” A list of possible topics is
also available. Apply by January 15, 2018.
- Call for Submissions! The Child Welfare Journal is looking for articles that extend knowledge in any child/family welfare or related service; on any aspect of administration, supervision, casework, group work, community organization, teaching, research, or interpretation; on any facet of interdisciplinary approaches to the field; or on issues of social policy that bear on the welfare of children and their families. The deadline is rolling.
- Migration Studies is seeking high quality research on human migration in all its manifestations, and particularly work that presents: comparative findings with relevance beyond a single case study; new methodological techniques and insights; or new theoretical takes on the drivers, dimensions and impacts of migration.
- Migration Letters is inviting papers on the following topics: migration and security, intra-rural migration, conflict and migration, health and migration, trafficking, asylum migration, development and migration, immigrant integration, return
migration, psychology of migration, migration and SMEs, gender issues, migration research and scholars. The deadline is rolling.
- The Growing Opportunities and Leaders grant, from The Kids 'N Community Foundation, is available for non-profit organizations that
specialize in working with children. Grants from the foundation support the
health and educational needs of underserved populations. Apply by January 8, 2018.
- Grants from the Kerr Foundation aim to identify and support
non-profit organizations and institutions that provide new or enhanced
opportunities for those working with children in the areas of education, arts
and culture, health and human services. Apply by January
for Outreach & Services to Underserved Populations, from the Office of Violence
Against Women (OVW), supports the
development of culturally and linguistically appropriate resources for
underserved survivors as well as activities that improve the capacity of
communities to support underserved populations impacted by domestic violence,
sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Apply by January 26, 2018.
for Students and Youth grant, from The JAMS Foundation/ACR, provides funding
for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for K-12 students and
for adults working with youth populations. Programs that advance the
development, implementation, and/or assessment of conflict prevention and
resolution strategies to serve youth in families whose integrity is jeopardized
by changes in social environment that can lead to gang involvement are
encouraged to apply. Apply by February 14, 2018.
- Teacher Vision grants, from American Electric
Power (AEP), support 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. Apply by February 23, 2018.
- Health Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in
Children and Adolescents, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks
to employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or
promote positive sustainable health behaviors in children and youth.
Applications should target social and cultural factors for children and
adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. Apply by January 7, 2018.
- Pilot Studies to Test the Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aim to develop and pilot test the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. Applications are due January 7, 2018.
- Initiation of a Mental Health Family Navigator Model to Promote Early Access, Engagement and Coordination of Needed Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aim to develop and test the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. Applications are due January 7, 2018.
- Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing
Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R01), from the National Institutes
of Health (NIH), promotes research that identifies and enhances processes that promote
sustainable positive behavior or changes social and cultural norms that
influence health and future health behaviors. Applications are due January 8,
- The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Foundation
Grant is intended to be an incubator of promising research and development
projects that may ultimately enhance the development, health, safety, education
or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age across
the country. The Foundation provides funding in the following areas: Early
Childhood Welfare; Early Childhood Education and Play; Parenting Education. The
deadline to submit a Letter of Inquiry is January 31, 2017
Out of Poverty, from the Herb Block Foundation, seeks proposals which focus on
improving student achievement and healthy development of young people. Projects
may include in-school and community-based educational programs, after-school
activities, and mentoring programs. Letters of Intent are due February 7, 2018.
Screening in Children, from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), seeks to improve vision screening and eye
health in young children by providing technical assistance and education to
state public health entities in implementing evidence-based recommendations for
coordinated education, screening, follow-up and surveillance of vision problems
in preschool-aged children. Applications are due February 15, 2018.
- Adolescent and Young Adult Capacity Building Program,
from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services
Administration (HRSA) seeks to improve the health of adolescents and young
adults by strengthening the capacity of state maternal and child health
programs to address their needs effectively. Applications are due February 16,
Migration & Resettlement Awareness
- Map of the Day: Where People Have
Been Forced to Flee From Their Homes in 2017, from the UN Dispatch, provides
information on internally displaced people around the world during the first
half of 2017 due to conflict and disasters. More than 9 million people have
become newly displaced in 2017 and about half are fleeing conflict. A full
report on interal displacement is also available.
- Bury Me, My
Love is a reality-inspired interactive fiction designed for mobile
phones, telling Nour’s
story as she flees Syria and tries to reach Europe . Unlike other interactive
fictions, your choices have an impact on the story allowing users to better
understand the complex situations migrants face and the weight their choices
For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth
- Book Fiesta:
A Children's Book Day Celebration/Celebremos el dia de los libros encourages
children to use their imagination when reading. This resource includes
activities and discussion questions to help explore topics of particular
relevance to English learners and engage families of immigrant backgrounds.
Recommended for ages 4-8.
- Migrant, Each
spring Anna leaves her home in Mexico and travels north with her family where
they will work on farms. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the
spring and south in the fall. Sometimes she feels like a jack rabbit living in
an abandoned burrow, as her family moves into an empty house near the fields.
But most of all she wonders what it would be like to stay in one place.
Recommended for ages 4-7. (Description from source)
- American Me: Teens Write About
the Immigrant Experience, Teens from all around the world write about their
experiences immigrating to the United States and adjusting to their new lives.
From wanting to fit in, to understanding American culture, these teens share
how they overcame the challenges of acclimating to a new country and made it
- 25 Must-Read Multicultural Books
for Preschoolers and Kindergartners is a collection of books stories that expose
children to cultural and ethnic diversity and celebrate differences. The books portray children
from various backgrounds, including African American, Hispanic, Middle-Eastern,
Asian and Native American. The set includes stories related to the immigrant
experience, books that help children embrace their unique heritage, and
folktales from around the world.
- Rosie and Warda and the Big Tent,
from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), tells the story of two classmates on a school camping trip where they share
different aspects of their cultures with each other. The book focuses on the
beauty of cultural differences and the importance of welcoming others into the
community, especially in schools. Recommended for grades 1-3.
- How Refugee Community Groups Support
Resettlement, from Forced Migration Review, addresses the work of grassroots
refugee community groups that have been an integral part of the resettlement
process in the US. Their work has complemented professional services and filled
important gaps in resettlement agencies' services.
- Belonging Begins at Home: Housing, Social Inclusion and Health and Well-being for People from Refugee and Asylum Seeking Backgrounds, from
the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, examines the experiences
of people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds living in South Australia
for seven years or less in relation to housing, social inclusion and health and
well-being. The goal of the study is to promote good housing experiences and
social inclusion for positive health and well-being.
- Little by Little: Exploring the Impact of Social Acceptance on Refugee
Integration into Host Communities, from The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), suggests
that social acceptance is an integral component of a refugee’s integration
process and should be prioritized in programming and policy development. The
study analyzes a variety of tools and means to foster social acceptance and
relationships between members of both communities. Additionally, COPS launched a
Training Portal to provide law enforcement officials and community
partners with access to interactive online training and to provide a variety of
multi-media community policing resources at no cost.
- Treat Them Like
Gold: A Best Practice Guide for Partnering with Resource Families, a guide from
the NC Department of Health and Human Services, shares background information,
resources, and suggestions to help achieve safety, permanence, and well-being for
Latino and immigrant children and their families. The guide aims to provide
tools agencies can use to build, refine, and sustain partnerships with resource
- Stolen Childhoods: End of
Childhood Report, from Save the Children, compares the latest data for 172 countries and
assesses where the most and fewest children are missing out on childhood. The
report documents gaps between rich and poor countries and the urgent need to
accelerate progress for the most vulnerable children. (Description from source)
- Parenting in Displacement - Adapting
Vroom for Displaced Syrian Families, a report from Save the Children, takes a
hard look at the events that rob children of their childhoods, such as poor
health, conflict, violence, child marriage, and child labor. These factors have
created a global childhood crisis causing millions of children have their
childhoods cut short because of who they are and where they live. The report is
also available in Arabic.
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), from Kids
in Need of Defense (KIND), offers general guidance for
practitioners to help them successfully advocate for Special Immigrant Juvenile
- Race for Results, from The Annie E. Casey Foundation,
explores what it takes for all children to become successful adults and the
barriers to opportunity that persist for many children of color and those
living in immigrant families. This report measures how children are progressing
on key milestones by race and ethnicity at the national and state levels,
explores the significant barriers facing children in immigrant families and
offers recommendations for helping children in these families secure the stability,
economic resources and opportunities all the nation's children need to thrive.
- “Unaccompanied Children as Illegal Immigrants in the United States”,
from Vulnerable Children and the Law: International Evidence for Improving
Child Welfare, Child Protection and Children's Rights, provides an overview of
unaccompanied children in the United States, discusses the legal process,
including issues of custody and legal representation, which the children must
face in the United States as immigrants without status, and focuses on some of
the social welfare issues, such as trauma, that must be dealt with once the
children are in the United States. (Description from source)
- Outcast and Desperate:
Rohingya Refugee Children Face a Perilous Future, from the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF),
is part of a series highlighting the challenges
faced by children in current crisis situations. The report focuses on the
situation facing Rohingya refugee children and their families now suffering
harsh conditions in camps in southern Bangladesh after fleeing violence in
- From Best Practices to Breakthrough
Impacts: A Science-Based Approach to Building a More Promising Future for Young
Children and Families, from the Center on the Developing Child, considers
lessons learned from five decades of program evaluation research, identifies
five core principles to inform policymaking and program development, and
discusses the importance of investing in research and development to better the
lives of America's children. The core principles identified in this report
include building caregiver skills; matching interventions to sources of
significant stress; and supporting the health of the mother and child before,
during, and after pregnancy. (Description from source)
- How Well Are Early Care and Education Providers Who
Serve Hispanic Children Doing on Access and Availability?, from the National
Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families, provides a national
portrait of providers serving a large proportion of Hispanic children, focusing
on characteristics that shape access to and availability of Early care and
education (ECE) programs. The report suggests many ways in which providers are
likely responding to the needs of Hispanic families, as well as possible areas
of unmet need.
- Educating Refugee and Immigrant
Students, from The Refugee Center Online (RCO), an online course, provides background information and practical suggestions to help your
entire school become a welcoming environment for refugee students.
Supplemental cultural guides, to
help both students and teachers better understand refugee students, are also
available. There is a free version that can be taken at any time. Educators also have the option to earn graduate credits for the program
through Portland State University at a cost significantly below normal
- Somali Refugee Students in Canadian Schools:
Pre-Migration Experiences and Challenges in Refugee Camps, from Comparative and
International Education, aims to shed light on the pre-migration challenges
experienced by Somali refugee students in refugee camp before resettling in
Canada. The study included one-on-one interviews with participants and focuses
on the major role educators and administrators have in supporting newcomers’
- Building Welcoming Schools: A Guide for K-12
Educators and After-School Providers, a toolkit from Welcoming America is
designed for use by refugee youth program services providers, teachers, and
school counselors to help refugee and immigrant students and their families
feel accepted in educational environments.
- Beyond Teaching English:
Supporting High School Completion by Immigrant and Refugee Students, from
Migration Policy Institute (MPI), addresses the
challenges immigrant and refugee youth face when entering U.S. classrooms. From
learning a new language to graduating high school before aging out of the
system, the pressure to go from limited literacy to a high school diploma in a few
years can be overwhelming.
- Increasing Education Access for Displaced
Syrian Students, from Books Not Bombs and Teach for America, is a comprehensive lesson
plan on the Syrian and refugee education crisis for K-12 and higher education
- Children Language and Literacy: Diverse Learners in Diverse Times,
features stories of children whose language learning
is impossible to standardize and teachers who do not follow scripts. It
focuses on children's ways of communicating through varied modes,
use of nonverbal expression.
- "Resettlement of Refugee Youth in
Australia: Experiences and Outcomes Over Time", from Forced Migration Review,
examines the effects of resettlement on young people, who have been found to
face significant challenges such as disrupted education pre-migration, barriers
to educational success post migration; extensive family responsibilities and
experiences of discrimination. However, this study shows that young refugees
demonstrate significant resilience and a great capacity to negotiate these challenges.
- Cultural Adaptation of Somali
Refugee Youth, explores the cultural
adaptation of a group of Somali refugee youths in a public urban high school.
As these youths negotiate the social contexts of peers, school, family, and
community we see the ways in which race, religion, gender, and youth culture
shape their notions of identity. (Description from source)
- Community Impact: Effective Messaging
and Trauma Informed Care Approaches, from The National Partnership for
Community Training (NPCT), offers a presentation of how effective messaging and trauma
informed care practices contribute to a healthy and welcoming environment for
refugees. A community engagement information guide that offers recommendations on how to
engage the private sector and discusses how communities can implement
trauma-informed care practices is also available.
- Guidance on Refugee Trauma for
Teachers and Educators, from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
(NCTSN), offers information on welcoming refugee children and their families,
how to support youth in what may be an unfamiliar classroom setting, and how to
address issues in sensitive and respectful ways.
- Caring Across Communities: Helping
Immigrants and Refugee Students Succeed, from the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation (RWJF), examines the benefits of the Caring Across Communities program,
which serves children from 55 foreign countries, who speak 33 different
languages. The support provided by social workers and cultural brokers aid
educators and families in recognizing and addressing signs of trauma.
- "Promoting Mental Health in
Unaccompanied Refugee Minors: Recommendations for Primary Support Programs",
from Brain Sciences, examines the variation in prevalence of mental
health issues and migration stressors, such as language barriers and cultural
differences, in unaccompanied refugee minors and the best ways to support them.
The article details three psychological processes that can aid youth in
adapting to a new country and promote mental health.
Child Health Toolkit, from the American
Academy of Pediatrics, provides a comprehensive list of resources
pediatricians to address common matters related to immigrant child
including the needs of children and family when the family is separated,
deportation. A toolkit for mental health care for immigrant children is
available. (Description from source)
- “Out of
Our Mind: Art Therapy and Mindfulness with Refugees, Political Violence and Trauma”,
from The Arts in Psychotherapy, considers the combination of art therapy and
mindfulness in work with refugees and asylum seekers and how these approaches
can be combined to help individuals build strategies for safety, support
resilience, and work with multiple levels of loss, after extreme and traumatic
- Information Guide on Grief and Healing, from the
National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT), is a compilation of
information guides to assist resettlement workers and mental health providers
in their work with refugee mental health and aims to increases service providers' capacity to
facilitate healing by distinguishing between types of grief,
providing tools and tips for case workers and clinicians and suggesting
self-care practices for service providers working with grieving communities.
- "Comparing Trauma Exposure, Mental Health Needs, and
Service Utilization across Clinical Samples of Refugee, Immigrant, and
US-Origin Children", from the Journal of Traumatic Stress, compares trauma exposure of children referred for
assessment and treatment by U.S. providers in the National Child Traumatic
Stress Network (NCTSN). The
clinic-referred sample of refugee-origin youth presented with distinct patterns
of trauma exposure, distress symptoms, and service needs that merit
consideration in services planning. (Description from source)
Female Genital Cutting (FGC)
- "Changing Cultural Attitudes Towards Female Genital Cutting", from Nature Journal, examines the use of entertainment
to dramatize locally discordant views on female genital cutting and how it has
provided a basis for applied cultural evolution without accentuating
intercultural divisions. This approach differs from others that can sometimes
imply the need to introduce values and expectations from outside the local
culture, which can lead to backlash from the target community.
- "Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting: An Anatomical Review and Alternative Rites", from
Clinical Anatomy, provides an overview of the
World Health Organization’s four classifications of FGM/C and explores
alternative rites of passage which are seen as an important strategy for
eliminating this harmful practice. Such alternative rituals avoid genital
cutting and involve educating girls about family life and women's roles.
- Maasai Daughters
is a documentary short about the lives of three girls and the women who rescued
them from retrogressive cultural practices in their own Maasai community at the
AIC Girls School and Rescue Center in Kajiado, Kenya.
- Who Made My Clothes?, from
FutureLearn, is a free online course that introduces learners to the garment
supply chain and provides techniques to determine who made their clothes and
find out how to influence global change.
- Human Trafficking: New Global Estimates of Forced
Labor and Modern Slavery, from Congressional Research Service (CRS) Insight, looks
into the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) new report on the global
prevalence of modern slavery. The report’s estimate concluded that some 89
million people had experienced modern slavery in the past five years but
stressed that its estimates are conservative, noting the lack of data due to
- Data Visualization Made Easy:
Program Output Data Before and After, from Monitoring & Evaluation
Technical Assistance (META) provides service providers with easy ways to strengthen data
visualization skills to better communicate reporting. Translating valuable
collected data into relevant messages for a given audience, such as donors,
organization leaders, or community members, helps the audience quickly grasp
the intended meaning.
and Sustaining Community Collaborations for Refugee Welcome: A Community
Engagement Toolkit, from Welcoming America, aims to help organizations and
community groups identify their current strengths and consider specific new
strategies and tactics for expanding and deepening their collaborations in
order to promote welcoming communities. A get-started guide to help start or
strengthen local collaborations to integrate and welcome refugees is also
- How to Use Social Media to Better Engage People
Affected by Crises: A Brief Guide for Those Using Social Media in Humanitarian
Organizations, from Social Media for Good, addresses the use of social media by
humanitarian organizations to engage and communicate with affected people and offer
practical guidance, good practices and lessons learned. The guide provides
organizations with information on successfully using social media to respond to
emergencies. An archived webinar is also available.