BRYCS What’s New Updates for March 2019



  • ORR’s refugee technical assistance provider, Switchboard, recently launched its website Switchboard connects ORR-funded organizations seeking support with resources and subject matter experts working in resettlement and integration services. Visit the website to learn more about the project and team, subscribe to the Switchboard mailing list, and request technical assistance.
  • March is Social Work Month! The official theme this year is “Social Workers: Elevate Social Work.” 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! This year’s theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” Read about all the women the National Women’s History Project is honoring throughout the month of March who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.
  • March is National Nutrition Month! This month we pay special attention to 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.


  • Cultural Competence and Working with Interpreters takes place March 13, 2019 in Columbia, MD. The workshop is aimed at clinicians interested in learning how to best provide counseling while working with an interpreter. Registration closes on March 6, 2019.
  • The 4th Annual Latinx Health Conference will take place March 19, 2019 in Baltimore, MD. This year’s theme is “Mind Your Health: Community-centered Solutions to Mental Health Issues.” Community solutions to address mental health issues, acculturation, and protective factors among Latinos as a public health problem will be discussed.
  • The 21st Metropolis Canada Conference “Doing Immigration Differently” will take place March 21-23, 2019, in Halifax. The conference is Canada’s premiere annual forum for researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to get together to share and exchange knowledge and experience.
  • 68 Million Girls at Risk is a photography exhibit organized by UNFPA and highlights the continued prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation. The free exhibit can be viewed in the United Nations Visitors’ Lobby until March 29, 2019.
  • The 2nd Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference will be held March 27-29, 2019 in Brisbane, Queensland. This year’s theme is “Healing in Exile – Current and Future Challenges” and will explore the most innovative and successful initiatives that enable people from refugee backgrounds to recover from torture and other traumatic events.
  • The Boston College Global Migration Conference, hosted by Boston College Law School and Boston College School of Social Work takes place April 11-12, 2019 in Newton, MA. The conference will bring together international academics and practitioners in the fields of law and social work for timely and compelling conversations around research, policy, and practice in global migration. Registration closes March 29, 2019.
  • The annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent Institute will take place April 5, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. Families, educators and community groups from across the country come together to learn from each other, network, get resources and information, and receive training and bilingual materials on IDRA’s nationally-recognized research-based model for parent leadership in education.
  • The Global Mental Health Research Conference takes place April 8-9, 2019 in Bethesda, MD. The conference will showcase findings from cutting-edge science and identify opportunities for research to address the challenges in global mental health.
  • The Child Welfare League of America 2019 National Conference will be held April 9-13, 2019 in Washington, DC. This year’s theme is “Advancing Excellence in Practice & Policy: Meeting the Challenge of the Family First Prevention Services Act.” The conference’s Strengthening Families: Moving to a Global Perspective special session will feature three roundtable discussions to explore the transition to more inclusive, family-centered models and service designs.
  • Summer school: The Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) will take place May 6-10, 2019, at York University in Toronto. These annual non-credit summer courses on refugees & forced migration will benefit academic and field-based practitioners working in the area of forced migration.
  • The 2019 Welcoming Interactive + Welcoming Economies Convening takes place May 15-17, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA. The convening will explore how to start or strengthen local welcoming efforts and merge cutting edge policies and innovative ideas from the field of immigrant economic development with successful practices of welcoming communities.

Call for Papers



  • Funding for Folk & Traditional Arts, from The Alliance for California Traditional Arts, provides funding announcements from organizations and agencies that administer funding programs which have historically supported or have guidelines relevant to folk and traditional arts.
  • OJJDP FY 2019 Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative supports applicant organizations as they strengthen or expand their existing mentoring activities. Successful applicants should implement programs that recognize and address the factors that can lead to or serve as a catalyst for delinquency or other problem behaviors in targeted youth, with a special emphasis on youth impacted by opioids. Applications are due by April 22, 2019.
  • 2019 Flowers Fund Grants support innovation and mentorship in human rights education (HRE) in the United States. The fund aims to encourage new philosophic and theoretical thinking, new pedagogies, and new outreach methods for HRE, as well as emerging leadership in the field. Applications are due by July 1, 2019.


General Cultural Competency & Migration & Resettlement Awareness

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Dear Juno, from Scholastic Press: Juno’s grandmother writes in Korean, and Juno writes in drawings, but that doesn’t mean they can’t exchange letters. This tender tale is a perfect introduction to the concept of foreign cultures and far-off lands. Recommended for grades Pre-K-2 (Description from source).
  • Baro Af-Soomaali, from Seattle Public Library & Foundation, is a community-created Somali alphabet board book encouraging children to learn about their own language and culture and the cultures of others.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • The Cultural Orientation (CO) Provider Onboarding Toolkit, from CORE, is aimed at helping supervisors and new CO providers work together to ensure adequate orientation for newcomers. The tools focus on interaction and engagement as well as adapting to the needs of organizations and their clients.
  • Investing in Refugee Talent: Lessons Learned in Labor Market Integration, from Hire Immigrants, provides a guide to galvanizing public and private sector responses to the challenges faced by newcomers in local labor markets. This volume of best practices from cities in Canada, Germany, Sweden and Australia, highlights their own responses and the impact it has had on their economies.
  • Good Ideas in Integration, from Cities of Migration, is a collection of city-level practices that provide innovative and practical approaches to the integration of urban migrants. Each profile includes tips, contact information, further reading, and city data to help you use and adapt these practices locally, wherever you live and work. Also available in French, German, and Spanish.

Child Welfare/Families

  • Alone and Unsafe: Children, Migration and Sexual and Gender-based Violence, from the International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies, seeks to educate readers of the risks and types of sexual and gender-based violence faced by children who migrate on their own and the widespread gaps in protection and assistance available.
  • Primer for Juvenile Court Judges: A Trauma-informed Approach to Judicial Decision-making for Newcomer Immigrant Youth in Juvenile Justice Proceedings, from the National Center for Youth Law, aims to assist judges and advocates in recognizing the behavioral, social, and learning challenges that many newcomer immigrant youth experience because of trauma. The primer discusses types of trauma that newcomer youth experience, cultural considerations and the impact of a delinquency adjudication on immigration status (Description from source).
  • Intimate Partner Violence in Australian Refugee Communities: Scoping Review of Issues and Service Responses, from the Australian Institute of Family Studies, explores intimate partner violence in Australian refugee communities and addresses the types of support available and the role service providers play in ensuring care.
  • Child Welfare Journal Special Issue: Immigration, from the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is devoted to the intersection of child welfare and immigration. The publication focuses on the forcible separation of children from parents, state-level immigration policies, parental detention and deportation, grandfamilies that include immigrants, pathways to permanency, and unaccompanied minors in foster care.
  • Keeping Children Safe: Ensuring Unaccompanied Minors Avoid the Harms of Immigration Detention, from the International Detention Coalition, explores alternative care for unaccompanied children in the context of international migration. The findings indicate that alternative care systems for unaccompanied children can provide appropriate protection and care for children while also ensuring their migration situation is resolved.

Early Childhood


  • Turn the Tide: Refugee Education in Crisis, from UNHCR, presents statistical data on the number of school-aged refugee children who do not attend school. The report urges host countries to enroll refugee children in national systems to ensure the academic success of the youth and ultimately their positive impact on society.
  • Understanding Implicit Bias: What Educators Should Know, from American Educator, examines how implicit bias can become present in situations that involve ambiguous or incomplete information, or with the presence of time constraints. Educators may find that these situations are common in the school environment and can counteract implicit bias through engagement, exposure and patience.
  • Why Family Engagement Matters for Student and School Success, from the Global Family Research Project, provides families, schools, and parent leaders simple strategies for creating ongoing relationships to support student success. Also available in Spanish and Mandarin.
  • “We want to learn about refugees”: Opening Students’ Minds and Hearts, from the British Red Cross, shares the desires of youth to expand their knowledge about refugees and the challenges they face. The blog post highlight teaching resources for educators that can be incorporated into the classroom.


  • Between Insecurity and Hope: Reflections on Youth Work with Young Refugees, from the Council of Europe, presents theoretical references and reflections on the experiences of young refugees and the way they reconcile personal hope with the tensions within their host societies. It also explores learning from practices and their theoretical underpinnings concerning the role of youth work in a cross-sectoral approach (Description from source).
  • Involvement of Somali and Oromo Youth in Minnesota’s Child Protection System, from the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, examines the proportion of Somali and Oromo youth involved and their experiences in Minnesota’s Child Protection System (CPS). Because this is not an identifiable group in CPS data systems, an innovative data matching project was used to explore and reveal unique knowledge about this rarely studied population’s experiences with CPS (Description from source).

Health/Mental Health

Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C)

  • The US End FGM/C Network officially launched on February 6th, the International Day of Zero Tolerance on FGM/C. The initiative was started by a group of nonprofits, activists, FGC survivors, and health care providers to support survivors, empower grassroots organizations, and reform policies and laws to prevent FGC.


Program Development

  • 5 Steps for Planning Surveys, from META, provides tips on planning surveys and provides additional resources that can help in the process to create and administer meaningful surveys.