What's New



August 2018
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • BRYCS Blog and Forum! Check out BRYCS' latest blog posts, a two-part series on intimate partner violence. Part one, "Refugee Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence: Protection through Reducing Their Exposure" discusses the effects of exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) on refugee children and ways to reduce this exposure by helping their mothers achieve safety. Part two, "Refugee Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence: Facilitating their Resilience" discusses how to work directly with refugee children impacted by IPV to boost their resilience and recovery. 
  • Vera and New America, in collaboration with other legal services and immigration organizations, launched the Immigrant Connection Project (ICON) as a response to the family separations that have resulted from the administration's zero-tolerance policy. ICON is a resource for parents who have been separated from their children, as well as for their attorneys, to connect with those children, facilitate reunification—and, importantly, empower due process for children and their families. Attorneys or parents seeking children should email familyconnect@vera.org or call 800-845-8372. From ICE detention, individuals can use the free calling system in the ICE detention facility and dial 621#. A web-based tool will also be coming soon. For more information, visit Vera's website.
  • Vera recently launched the Immigration Technical Assistance Center (ITAC), as a resource for all attorneys representing immigrants. Vera hopes hope that attorneys, as well as advocacy organizations, and media outlets use these resources to understand the scope and complexities of immigration law and policy, and that this provides assistance in a complex and ever-changing legal landscape.
  • Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.'s (CLINIC) study concerning unauthorized immigrants and eligibility for permanent legal status results suggest that over 18% of unauthorized immigrants or an estimated two million persons across the United States are potentially eligible for a path to permanent legal status, but may not know it.  In partnership with the Mexican government, CLINIC is launching a Mexican Screening Project to conduct legal screenings of Mexican nationals residing in the US. Participation is open to any qualified affiliate in CLINIC's network. The project will end December 31, 2018. Affiliates can enroll anytime through December 1, 2018 by signing a Memorandum of Understanding during that time period.  For further information, please email Jeff Chenoweth jchenoweth@cliniclegal.org.
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EVENTS

  • "I Have, "I Am," & "I Can": Serving Students with Interrupted Formal Education, will take place August 9, 2018 at 1PM EST. This BRYCS webinar will focus on students with interrupted formal education: who they are and the challenges they face as they struggle to succeed in school and society.  Professionals who work with SIFE learners will gain an understanding of where these students have been and why they may have gaps in their academic knowledge.  Recommendations will be given for both classroom interventions and community supports to assist these students close the academic gap with their peers and build internal resilience for long-term social and emotional health.  This webinar is based on a book by the presenters: Students with Interrupted Formal Education: Bridging Where They Are and What They Need by Corwin Press.
  • The National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT) is sponsoring five refugee leaders to receive their Mental Health First Aid Instructor certification in September. The three-week long course start date will be coordinated with selected participants. The course will prepare refugee leaders to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, increase mental health literacy and decrease stigma, build a trauma-informed approach, and a network of mental health supports. Refugee community leader nominations are welcome.
  • The SAFE 2018 3rd Annual Global Conference on Human Trafficking will take place September 2-5, 2018 in Chicago, IL. This year's theme is "Innovative Response to Migration, Conflict, and War," building upon the collaborative success of SAFE 2016. The goals of SAFE 2018 are to widen the global collaborative from 25 countries to 50 countries to address transnational trafficking in the age of wars and transient migrations and gather together advocates, scientists, clinicians, law enforcement, NGOs, governmental entities, transportation and hospitality communities to foster global collaborative systems of delivery from trafficking.
  • The ISPCAN XXII International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect will be held September 2-5, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference focuses on child protection in the changing world and is dedicated to increasing public awareness of all forms of violence against children, developing activities to prevent such violence, and promoting the rights of children in all regions of the world. Training Institute core competency courses are also offered.
  • 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 2018 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference will take place September 12-14, 2018 in Portland, OR. This year's theme is "Partnership with Purpose – Data, Programs, and Policies for Healthy Mothers, Children, and Families." The conference offers a platform to share experiences, enhance knowledge, and generate new ideas for promoting and improving the health of women, children and families.
  • The ACCESS Arab Health Summit will take place Sep. 16-19, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The Summit will serve as a platform for discussions around health rights, public health research, capacity building and community engagement as it relates to health and mental health issues among immigrants, refugees and vulnerable populations.
  • The 23rd Annual School Mental Health Conference on Advancing School Mental Health takes place October 11-13, 2018 in Las Vegas. This year's theme is "School Mental Health – A Sure Bet for Student Success!" Attendees learn from cutting-edge research in the field, network with school mental health peers and leaders, and bring back practical tools and strategies to implement in their own systems.
  • Working Effectively with Muslim Youth and Their Families, from the Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center, is a two-part presentation bringing attention to potential bias, as well as providing a foundational overview of Muslim customs and practices, emphasizing the continuum of diversity of practice within the religion. Participants will leave the sessions with a greater understanding of Muslim demographics, globally and locally, as well as information regarding how best to engage with Muslim youth and Muslim families. Part one takes place on October 11, 2018. Part two takes place on October 25, 2018.

Call for Papers

  • The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) has announced a call for proposals for their 2019 conference panel which will be January 3-6, 2019. They are seeking fresh and timely perspectives on how the recent experiences of immigrants are shaping the literary traditions of the U.S. All approaches to literature and narrative media are welcome.
  • Connecting Emerging Scholars and Practitioners to Foster Critical Reflections and Innovation on Migration Research, from Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI), brings together emerging scholars and practitioners from a diverse range of geographic regions, disciplines, and professions to launch four knowledge clusters in the field of forced migration. Conducted through online and in-person activities, the clusters will engage students, early career professionals, researchers, community workers, advocates, and artists, experienced scholars and practitioners, to facilitate discussion and collaboration for innovation in migration research and practice. (Description from source)
  • 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.
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FUNDING

  • USCIS Refugee and Asylee Assimilation Program provides individualized services to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who entered the United States under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program or were granted asylum. The program aims to promote long-term civic acculturation for LPRs who have identified naturalization as a goal, yet may need additional information, instruction, and services to attain it. Applications are due August 15, 2018
  • Diverse Democracy Grants, from Teaching Tolerance (TT), aims to help students become empowered voting advocates in their communities and encourage older high school students to register and vote. Awards range from $500 to $5,000 for classroom or school projects and up to $10,000 for projects on the district level. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 31, 2018.
  • Community Impact Grants, from JRM Construction Management, will be awarded to four eligible nonprofits working in areas of health, education and youth services. Applications are due by August 31, 2018.
  • YouthBuild, from the Department of Labor, is aimed at organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services to at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24, while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. In addition to construction skills training, YouthBuild applicants may include occupational skills training in other in-demand industries. Applications are due by September 18, 2018.
  • Lowe's Toolbox for Education® Grants, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation focus giving efforts on K-12 public/charter education and community improvement projects. These community improvement projects are high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements. Applications are accepted from August 6, 2018 to September 28, 2018.
  • Family Literacy programs, from The Wish You Well Foundation, provide support to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States, specifically the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. The deadline to apply is rolling.
  • ALDI Smart Kids Program, provides funding and gift cards to organizations that promote kids being active and healthy. The grant support students, teams and programs that provide kids with a smart foundation for healthier lives and that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing and the arts. The application deadline is rolling.
  • Physical Activity Grants, from Good Sports, give all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to community programs and schools. Good Sports aims to increase the total amount of kids that are active, enhance a program’s ability to maintain the athletes they currently serve, lower participation fees and develop new programs. The application deadline is rolling.
  • The KLA-Tencor Foundation Grant Program, from KLA-Tencor, strives to make a positive and lasting impact on people’s lives and encourage others to take action as well. The program invests in creative ideas that support educational programs and institutions with an emphasis on STEM, health and wellness programs/providers and local community enrichment programs.The application deadline is rolling.
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RESOURCES

Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States, from Migration Policy Institute (MPI), offers the most current data available about the nearly 44 million immigrants living in the United States in 2016. By compiling some of the most frequently requested facts and figures, this article provides answers to questions such as: How many people have immigrated to the United States, and through which channels? How many entered as refugees, and from which countries? And how many U.S. residents are either immigrants or children of immigrants? Description from source).
  • Children Affected by Armed Conflict, 1990–2016, from the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), is a policy brief that represents the first attempt to map the number of children living in conflict settings around the world. More than half of the world's children live in a conflict-ridden country, and more worryingly, one in six children lives very close to a conflict zone.
  • Stateless and Desperate: The Plight of the Rohingya People, from Human Rights Brief, provides an overview of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh to avoid persecution in Myanmar. The historic migration crisis has led to concern over Myanmar's treatment of the now stateless Rohingya people and the dangers of repatriation.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban - A Young Woman's Story, In September 1996, Taliban soldiers seized power in Kabul. From that moment, Latifa, just 16 years old became a prisoner in her own home. Her school was closed. She was now forced to wear a chadri. Latifa provides a poignant and highly personal account of life under the Taliban regime and her determination to live in freedom. Recommended for grades 6-8.
  • Call Me Aram, Aram Davidian is one of a group of Armenian refugee orphans who made the trip from Corfu, Greece to a new home in Canada. But adjusting to a new home isn't easy. Most upsetting to Aram and his friends are the new English names they are given. Aram must find a way to explain why he and the others must always keep their Armenian names. Recommended for grades 3-6.
  • Home Now, Sieta remembers a happy home far away over the mountains, but now she is living with her Aunty in a place she calls Home Now. Sieta can't seem to smile, until one day she meets an orphaned baby elephant at the elephant park, and she begins to see things in a different light. Recommended for grades Preschool-Kindergarten.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Settle In, from the Cultural Orientation and Research Exchange (CORE) is a refugee-facing mobile app meant to function as an in-your-pocket travel companion that provides refugees with relevant cultural orientation information and invites refugees to interact with a variety of learning activities. The app is available for free download on the on the Apple App Store and Google Play. It is currently available in English, Arabic, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili, with Dari expected to be added shortly.
  • The Immigrant Success Story: How Family-Based Immigrants Thrive in America, from the American Immigration Council, uses data from the decennial census to show that since 1965 immigrants coming to the United States via the family-based system experience upward economic mobility.  The report determines that the earnings of immigrants in general, and those of family-based immigrants in particular, have increased dramatically during their first decade in the country. This is a strong indicator of the key role families play in the economic success of immigrants and, therefore, of the economic potential of this component of our immigration system (Description from source).
  • The US Refugee Resettlement Program - A Return to First Principles: How Refugees Help to Define, Strengthen, and Revitalize the United States, from the Center for Migration Studies, describes the vast ways in which the refugee resettlement program serves US interests and values. The report describes the achievements, contributions, and integration outcomes of 1.1 million refugees who arrived in the United States between 1987 and 2016, covering a large population of refugees comprised of all nationalities, not just particularly successful national groups.

Child Welfare/Families

  • Supporting Children and Parents Affected by the Trauma of Separation, from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families, addresses the need to support immigrant families who have been negatively affected by the trauma of separation, and who will likely continue to experience considerable adversity in the future, even if reunited with their loved ones. The brief offers research-based guidance for parents, service providers, communities, and policymakers.
  • Meeting the Unique Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Youth in Foster Care, from the Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA), addresses the unique strengths and needs of immigrant and refugee youth from representatives of a national foster care program designed especially for this population. Presenters will also discuss the importance of promoting cultural adjustment and integration, addressing discrimination and bullying, and nurturing family connections. PowerPoint slides of the presentation are also available.
  • The Lost Ones - Emergency Care and Family Tracing for Separated Children from Birth to Five Years, from the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, describes how to care for the youngest children who are separated from their families in emergencies. This working guide also provides information on how parents and humanitarian workers can prevent children from becoming separated during emergencies in the first place. In the event of separation, the guide outlines how to trace the families of separated children and discusses possible care models to meet developmental needs (Description from source).
  • Refugee Families in Minnesota and their Experiences in the Child Welfare System, from the University of Minnesota, is a two-part web series that provides clear and concise information for child welfare professionals about refugee families in Minnesota and their experiences in the child protection system.

Early Childhood

  • How Common Are Nonstandard Work Schedules Among Low-Income Hispanic Parents of Young Children?, from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families, analyzes the work schedules of low-income Hispanic parents with young children from birth to age 5 (not yet in kindergarten) and provides comparison data for their non-Hispanic white and black counterparts. The brief reports estimates separately for children in single and two-parent households since early care and education needs, preferences, and options vary depending on the number of parents in the home (Description from source).

Education

Youth

  • Narratio invites youth to share their story through the publishing of poetry, photography, art and narrative. Stories from youth around the globe are highlighted and workshops centered around the power of storytelling and creativity are available.

Health/Mental Health

Female Genital Cutting (FGC)

  • New BRYCS FGC Resource! This bilingual resource is meant to help women start a conversation with their health practitioners about their experience of Female Genital Cutting (FGC). For many women, this can be an uncomfortable topic. It may have been a physically and psychologically traumatic experience and may be embarrassing to talk about due to cultural norms. This resource allows women to inform their health practitioner about their medical history and concerns, in a less invasive way. It is available in Amharic, Arabic, English, French, Oromo and Somali.
  • Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Data and Trends, from the Population Reference Bureau, provides updated information on the prevalence and context of FGM/C in 29 countries with available data. The wallchart is also available in French and Arabic. Short videos on data trends are also available.
  • Partnerships & Accountability in Global Female Genital Cutting Programming, a webinar from the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health (CanWaCH), offers practical examples of successful models of partnership used by local advocates and their partners to end FGC within the decade. It also explores how service providers can better understand the impact of FGC in their work, particularly in regard to data collection and analysis.

Anti-Trafficking 

  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2018, from the U.S. Department of State, provides country-specific narratives for 187 countries and territories, categorizing them into four tiers. The report analyzes whether governments meet the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking, using the Trafficking Victims Protection Act as a reference. This year's theme is "Local Solutions to a Global Problem: Supporting Communities in the Fight Against Human Trafficking."

Program Development

  • Interactive Data Sources for Refugee Service Providers, from Monitoring & Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) is a 3-part series that explores the best data-based resources related to refugees. The series highlights useful tools including UNHCR's Resettlement Data Finder, International Organization for Migration's (IOM) newly released Migration Data Portal and Migration Policy Institute's (MPI) Data Hub.

  • Resources for Resilience: Tools to Promote Mental Health & Well-Being for Human Rights Advocates, from the Human Rights Resilience Project, is a collaborative space to bring together resources, research, and tools to improve resilience and well-being within the human rights community. The crucial work undertaken by advocates to investigate abuse and advocate for justice can often expose them to traumatic material, threats, stressors, and violence that can affect well-being. This space aims to meet the urgent need for advocates to have improved access to tailored education, training and research materials (Description from source).

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