What's New

March 2018


  • New Promising Practice! Sahiyo's mission is to empower Dawoodi Bohra and other Asian communities to end female genital cutting (FGC) and create positive social change through dialogue, education and collaboration based on community involvement. 
  • International Women’s Day is March 8th! This year’s campaign theme is #PressforProgress, aiming to foster a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity.
  • March is Social Work Month! The official theme this year is "Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” The National Association of Social Workers has a number of activities to help commemorate the month, honor social workers, and educate the public about the often unnoticed ways that social workers bring great good to our society.
  • March is National Women's History Month! Read about all the women the National Women's History Project is honoring throughout the month of March. These women represent many diverse backgrounds, including immigrants, who have all had a great impact on social and legal structures.
  • March is National Nutrition Month! This month we pay special attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This toolkit from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides resources to help you find your healthy eating style.
  • South Sudanese Refugee Adolescents to Adults Project is seeking survey participants! This study from the department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University is an extension of the “Strangers in a Strange Land: Lost Boys of Sudan” project. The project aims to gather information about the long-term adjustment of South Sudanese refugee youth who were separated from their parents and settled in the United States as minors since 2001. The survey is for unaccompanied South Sudanese refugees who were separated from their parents and were under 18 years of age at the time of resettlement in the U.S. Questions should be directed to Dr. Deborah Johnson  or to Junghee Yoon.



  • The 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held March 4-7, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. The conference focuses on promoting the development of research to improve service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families.
  • The National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs’ (NCTTP) 10th Annual Research Symposium will be held March 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. This year’s theme is Torture Treatment: Clinical, Community, Policy Interventions, Outcome Evaluations, and features presentations from speakers working in clinical, legal, or research capacities in NCTTP centers across the United States.
  • The National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative) will be convening the "Leveraging Health IT to Address Health Disparities: A Leadership Conference" on March 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is an exclusive engagement program for health executives to interact with innovators and world-class thought leadership to facilitate the development of actionable solutions to enhance the value and benefit to minority and underserved populations, and to reduce health disparities.
  • Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) – A Culturally Sanctioned Trauma: Intervention and Treatment in the U.S. and Europe will take place on March 15, 2018 from 7-9pm in New York City. The presentation will discuss the significant neurological and psycho-sexual impacts, as well as explore the historical transmission and subsequent intergenerational trauma of FGM/C. An overview of frequently used psychotropic medications to treat trauma, including survivors of FGM/C, will also be presented.
  • The 10th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference will take place March 15-17, 2018 in Washington, DC. The conference brings together faith leaders, health care providers and researchers to examine topics related to mental health across the American Muslim community.
  • The 34th International Symposium on Child Abuse will take place March 19-22, 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama. The conference provides expert training to professionals in the child maltreatment field, and is one of the few conferences that addresses all aspects of child maltreatment, including but not limited to physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, exposure to violence, poly-victimization, exploitation, intervention, trafficking, and prevention.
  • Community Conversations: An Introduction to Female Genital Cutting (FGC), a BRYCS webinar, will take place March 26, 2018 @2PM EST. BRYCS’ Community Conversations project aims to reduce the risk and improve the care of women and girls affected by FGC, particularly among refugee communities. This webinar will discuss the cultural roots, health consequences and risk factors of FGC. We will also share the impacted community’s concerns and needs related to FGC, especially in their interactions with community providers (i.e. medical practitioners, resettlement staff, family members). 
  • The 16th Annual Freedom Network USA Human Trafficking Conference will be held on April 4 – 5, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. This conference provides the opportunity to speak with experts from around the country, learn new skills, be inspired by ideas, and walk away connected, informed, and better equipped to address the issue of human trafficking in your community.
  • The Intercultural Development Research Association's (IDRA) annual La Semana del Niño Bilingual Parent Institute will take place April 6, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Theinstitute offers families, school district personnel and community groups from across the country the opportunity to network, obtain resources and information, and receive training and bilingual materials on IDRA's nationally-recognized research based model for parent leadership in education. This institute is interactive and participatory. All presentations are bilingual (English-Spanish).
  • Youth on the Move: Reframing and Representing Youth Migration, will take place April 11-13, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. This interdisciplinary workshop and conference seeks to unite emerging and established scholars and practitioners to investigate both the conceptual and territorial migration of children and youth across diverse contexts. The event aims to critically engage and explore the following questions: How and why do young people circulate? What social, political, or religious networks are used to help facilitate their movement? How are young people on the move represented in the media and in scholarship? And how do they, in turn, represent themselves?
  • 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.
  • The 39th Annual Meeting Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture will take place April 19-21, 2018 in San Diego, California. The conference explores the implicit definitions of culture that are being used in current mental health research and practice.
  • 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.
  • The 13th Annual Global Health Course, from the University of Minnesota's Department of Medicine, will take place May 7 - June 1, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and online. The course provides intensive training that is ideal for any physician or healthcare provider who serves a global mobile population, such as immigrants, refugees, or international travelers.
  • The 20th International Conference on Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse will take place May 24-25, 2018 in Montreal Canada. The conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse.
  • The 2nd International Expert Meeting on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Sharing Data and Experiences, Improving Collaboration will take place May 28-29, 2018 in Montreal, Canada. The meeting will focus on prevention, safeguarding, trials and child care, medical, legal and social issues, and good practices and research.
  • 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 17th Annual Cambio de Colores conference will take place June 6-8, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year's theme is "Latinx in the Heartland: Fostering Resilience and Cross-Cultural Connections." Cambio de Colores is a multistate conference about integration of immigrants in new destinations. People from various fields who work with Latinos and immigrant communities come together to share research and best practices that facilitate the integration of newcomers.
  • Welcoming Economies Convening + Welcoming Interactive, a collaboration between Welcoming America and WE Global Network, will take place June 18-20, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference will focus on building bridges between newcomers and long-time residents and merging cutting edge policies and innovative ideas from the field of immigrant economic development with successful practices and inspiring stories of welcoming communities.
  • 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.
  • 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 awareness, racial 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.
  • The 2018 National Family and Community Engagement Conference, "Organize. Harmonize. Amplify", will take place July 11-13, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. This event brings together school and district administrators, educators, families and students to focus on solutions that enhance and expand engagement through family-school-community partnerships.
  • The 2018 CCUSA Annual Gathering is taking place from September 12-14, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. Proposals are now being accepted.  Special consideration will be given to proposals that further the Catholic Charities’ Strategic Priorities: Affordable Housing; Integrated Health & Nutrition; Immigration & Refugee Services; Leadership Development & Catholic Identity; Disaster Services; Social Enterprise Initiatives; Advocacy & Social Policy Initiatives. The submission deadline is March 8, 2018.

Call for Papers

  • The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, is organizing a special issue, “Refugee, Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health”, and now accepting submissions. Abstracts for manuscripts are due by June 30, 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.


  • Street Outreach Program Grant, from  the Administration for Children & Families, seeks to increase young people's personal safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools, and other positive social networks. Apply by March 11, 2018.
  • #EndFGM Challenge, a new opportunity from Positive Action Challenges, is looking for innovative interventions to bring about a sustained change in attitudes and social norms towards ending FGM/C. They project up to three awards of $25,000 each. Apply by March 20, 2018.
  • Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Research Scholars Grants, from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), aims to build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have direct implications for child care policy decision-making and program administration, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. Apply by April 2, 2018.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment for Children and Adolescents, from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, aims to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12-18), transitional aged youth (ages 16-25), and their families/primary caregivers with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. Applicants will be expected to identify and reduce differences in access, service use, and outcomes of services among females and racial and ethnic minority populations to address health disparities. Apply by April 10, 2018.
  • Community Collaborations to Strengthen Family Connections, from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), aimsto implement a multi-system approach among public and private agencies integrating community and faith-based to promote effective partnerships; develop or enhance a navigator program to meet caregivers own needs and the needs of the children they are raising; utilize intensive family-finding activities, effective family engagement, and other means to identify biological family members for the target population to create a greater volume of relationships and connectedness within their families and establish permanent family placements. Apply by April 13, 2018.


Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • Children and Migration Decisions: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll, from the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), attempts to quantify the extent to which child-related concerns influence migration decisions. The resource aims to emphasize the role of youth and the presence of children in decisions to migrate as well as investigate the role of children’s well-being in the country of origin as a major push factor.
  • Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age, provides a comprehensive account of the widespread global phenomenon of child migration and trafficking, exploring the complex challenges facing children and adolescents who move to join their families, those who are moved to be exploited, and those who move to survive. The book presents stories from young migrants around the globe, offering insight into the many protection failures caused by lack of awareness of the problems these children face.
  • Bangladesh and Burma: The Rohingya Crisis, from the United Kingdom Parliament, focuses on the culmination of decades of marginalization and abuse of the Rohingya people of Rakhine State in northern Burma causing the flight of over 650,000 Rohingya people into Bangladesh. The report reflects the key elements of the international consensus reached in 2016 on better ways to respond to humanitarian crisis of this type in order to facilitate assessment.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, tells the story of four high school students whose parents entered the U.S. from Mexico. We meet the girls on the eve of their senior prom in Denver, Colorado. All four of the girls have grown up in the United States, and all four want to live the American dream, but only two have documentation. As the girls attempt to make it into college, they discover that only the legal pair sees a clear path forward. Their friendships start to divide along lines of immigration status. Recommended for grades 6-8.  (Description from source)
  • Return to Sender, tells the story of Tyler and his family who hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? Mari, the oldest daughter of one of the workers, and her family live in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences? Recommended for grades 3-7. (Description from source)
  • Seeking Refuge: A Graphic Novel, tells the story of eleven-year-old Marianne, one of the first two hundred Jewish children on the heroic rescue operation known as the Kindertransport in 1938. Follow her as she tries to get used to life in Britian during World War II, displaying courage and resilience, that is one day rewarded. Recommended for grades 3-6.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

Child Welfare/Families

  • Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children, from Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS), offers training materials for foster families, direct care staff, attorneys, mentors, and others working specifically with refugee and immigrant children in foster care.
  • 50 Strategies for Communicating and Working with Diverse Families, presents practical strategies for partnering with families to support, enhance, and maximize the quality of care and education of young children. The book provides ideas for creating the trust necessary for true collaboration between families and the early childhood professional, and guides the student how to develop useful programs that include all families and individuals. (Description from source)
  • A Warm Welcome? Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Networks of Care and Asylum, from the University College of London (UCL) Institute of Education, investigates unaccompanied children's experiences of care, and caring for others, as they navigate the asylum-welfare system in the United Kingdom. Those working with unaccompanied minors in the U.S. may be interested in learning more about the UK's asylum processes and the ways unaccompanied children's care networks are formed and maintained. 

Early Childhood

  • Young English Language Learners: Current Research and Emerging Directions for Practice and Policy, addresses critical topics for young ELLs such as demographics, development of bilingualism, cognitive and neurological benefits of bilingualism, and family relationships, as well as classroom, assessment, and teacher-preparation practices. Each chapter reviews the research and answers the following questions: What does the research clearly indicate for policy and practice?; How solid is this database and what findings are emerging?; What should the research agenda be for young ELLs? (Description from source)


  • Resources and Lessons for Educators, from Reimagining Migration, provides interdisciplinary resources and lessons to teach about migration, immigration, refugees, and civic empowerment through history, literature, and the sciences.
  • "Supporting Higher Education for Refugees", from Stanford Social Innovation Review, provides a framework for creating solutions for the lack of higher learning opportunities for refugee youth, taking into account the different obstacles they face and their professional aspirations.
  • The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE), from Westchester Community College, is a national network of community colleges across the United States, which promotes the education and advancement of immigrant students. With innovative programs and services, the CCCIE helps immigrant students address the opportunities and challenges they face within the higher education system. A database of programs and initiatives, including support services, ESL programs, workforce training and career development, citizenship preparation, community and employer partnerships, and inclusive practices for undocumented students are made available to students. (Description from source)
  • Doing Diversity: Intercultural Understanding in Primary and Secondary Schools, from Deakin Unversity, analyzes the three year, multi-method program of research involving intensive work in 12 diverse profile schools in Melbourne, Victoria, that examined the facilitators and impediments to the intercultural capabilities described in the Victorian and Australian curricula for students and schools. (Description from source) 


  • Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, describes Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention program in the world. Founder, Fr. Greg Boyle shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has him taught about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of kinship.
  • "DREAM Act-Eligible Poised to Build on the Investments Made in Them", from the Journal on Migration and Human Security, outlines the results of a Center for Migration Studies (CMS) study on the young immigrants known as the "dreamers" who would be eligible for conditional permanent status under the DREAM Act of 2017. The study paints a portrait of a highly productive, integrated group of young Americans, who are deeply committed to the United States and poised to make – with status and time – even more substantial contributions to the communities that have invested in them. (Description from source)

Health/Mental Health

Female Genital Cutting (FGC)

  • "Effects of Female Genital Cutting on Physical Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis", from the British Medical Journal (BMJ), provides a review of the physical health risks associated with FGM/C. The authors conclude that the effects of FGM/C span over a woman's life, harming her physical health from the moment of cutting as an infant or child, to sexuality and childbirth in adulthood
  • “Special Needs of Ritually Circumcised Women Patients”, from the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing,  discusses the urinary, gynecologic, and obstetric complications resulting from Female Genital Cutting. The article includes a Sudanese physician’s protocol recommended to avoid tearing during the delivery of a child and health and social concerns from the perspectives of circumcised women.


  • Considerations and Recommendations on Trauma-informed Advocacy for Trafficking Survivors, from the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (APIGBV), focuses on issues affecting victims and survivors of sex trafficking who may be adults or minors, foreign nationals or U.S. citizens, and/or trapped by international or domestic trafficking. The brief aims to highlight survivor-centered considerations and practices for advocates addressing domestic violence, sexual assault.
  • Global Trafficking Trends in Focus; IOM Victim of Trafficking Data, 2006-2016, from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), provides a unique source of data on trafficking that is international in scope, through the collection of information obtained directly from victims of trafficking who have been assisted by IOM. For more than a decade, IOM has developed and maintained a central countertrafficking case management tool for this data, the IOM Global Human Trafficking Database, which is the largest global database with primary data on victims of trafficking. (Description from source)

Program Development

  • Providing TA to Local Programs and Communities: Lessons from a Scan of Initiatives Offering TA to Human Services Program, from The Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation (ASPE) and Mathematica Policy Research, provides insight into public and private technical assistance (TA) initiatives and synthesizes lessons, challenges, and best practices for providing federal TA to human services programs working to address poverty and child well-being. This resource encompasses 18 TA initiatives and is intended to inform decisions about how best to target TA efforts for different situations, audiences, and objectives. It also describes considerations for designing and delivering program TA, factors that facilitate and challenges that impede the delivery of TA, and other lessons learned. (Description from source)