BRYCS What’s New Updates for September 2019



  • Welcoming Week 2019 will take place September 13-22, 2019. During this annual series of events, communities bring together immigrants and those born within their countries in a spirit of unity to build strong connections across their communities and affirm the benefits of welcoming everyone. Additionally, the 105th World Migrant and Refugee Day (WMRD) will be celebrated on Sunday 29 September 2019! It has as its theme “It’s not only about migrants”. How will you be celebrating?
  • September is National Hispanic Heritage Month! This year’s theme, “Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation”, invites everyone to reflect on Hispanic American’s service and contributions to the history of the United States.
  • Welcoming Immigrant Students in School, bilingual resources and tools from Intercultural Development Research Association, serve as a good reminder that public schools, by law, must serve all children.


  • Immigration Enforcement and Protecting Families: The Role of Child Welfare Agencies, a webinar from Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), will take place September 10, 2019 at 1:30PM ET. This webinar will review current border detention and protection policies for children who are immigrants crossing the border, as well as interior immigration enforcement policies that impact child and family separation.  The presentation will describe the distinction between federal agency and state child welfare agency roles in protecting children who are immigrants, and will provide recommendations for community-based agencies to support families in preparing for immigration enforcement. (Description from source)
  • Data Visualization Training, a webinar from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families, will take place September 10, 2019, from 2-3:00PM ET. The training will provide an introduction into best practices of data visualization and showcase examples with increasing complexity using Excel, Tableau, R, ArcGIS, Q GIS, and MapInfo Professional, among other tools.
  • The Asia Pacific Short Course on Refugee Rights and Advocacy will take place November 25-29, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.  The course aims to strengthen participants’ understanding of forced migration in the Asia Pacific through a human rights perspective. The course also seeks to strengthen participants’ capacity and knowledge in advocating for the rights of refugees in this region. Apply by September 15, 2019.
  • Partnering with Schools to Provide Safe and Inclusive Learning Environments for Refugee Students, a Switchboard webinar, will take place September 19,2019 from 3-4PM ET. This webinar will discuss how refugee service providers can collaborate with school districts to take proactive measures in promoting safety and inclusiveness, as well as how to partner when responding to bullying and harassment of refugee students.
  • Catholic Charities 2019 Annual Gathering will take place September 25-27 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Join other professionals, volunteers, and partners to strategize about poverty reduction and celebrate a shared identity. Attendees will come away with innovative program ideas, templates for future work and new skills to meet the needs of those we serve.
  • Data-Driven State Refugee Programs: Lessons from the Field on Using Data to Improve Refugee Programs, a Switchboard webinar, will take place September 26, 2019 from 12-1PM ET. This webinar will present key highlights from a recently published toolkit on effectively using data to measure and improve refugee services. This will include examples and lessons learned from states leveraging existing reporting data, building new client-centered databases, and learning about their programs in other innovative ways.
  • International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA)’s 7th Annual Conference, Beyond Separation: Protecting Cross Border Families, co-hosted by the University of Maryland School of Social Work, will take place October 17-18, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. The two-day event will cover how legal, judicial, social service, and advocacy professionals share and implement best practices to protect the long term safety of cross border children and families.
  • Forced Migration, Protection, and Border Control, the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) annual academic and policy symposium, will take place on October 17, 2019 from 8:30AM to 5PM in New York, New York. Leading scholars, policy experts, and practitioners will examine the interplay between border externalization and enforcement policies and refugee protection (writ large) in the United States and throughout the world.  Particular attention will be paid to the protection of women and children and to protracted refugee situations.
  • The Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland inaugural 2019 RSC Conference, Great Lakes Conference on Refugee Resilience and Integration: Promising Practices, Emerging Trends will take place November 14 and 15, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. This conference will highlight and deepen the dialogue on critical issues in the United States refugee community and serve as a catalyst to move forward best practices, addressing, but not limited to, root causes of refugee displacement, challenges facing the integration of vulnerable refugee communities, and emerging solutions underway across the nation.


  • 2020 RWJF Culture of Health Prize, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), will recognize up to 10 winning communities working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all with a $25,000 prize and the chance to share their accomplishments and lessons learned with the nation. Apply by November 4, 2019.
  • SIMA Teacher Award will honor one exceptional teacher who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to utilizing social impact media as a springboard for global education and meaningful community engagement. Apply by December 15, 2019.


General Cultural Competency & Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • “Horrors I Will Never Forget”: The Stories of Rohingya Children, from Save the Children, is a collection of testimonies from children that made the journey from Myanmar into Bangladesh. Almost every child witnessed a family member or someone from their community killed. Others told of being caught up in atrocities, witnessing massacres or being taken away to be raped. Their testimonies corroborate violations documented by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
  • “Suffer the Little Children to Come: The Legal Rights of Unaccompanied Alien Children under United States Federal Court Jurisprudence”, from the International Journal of Refugee Law, analyses United States (US) federal court jurisprudence to determine the legal rights of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in various stages of immigration enforcement proceedings. After briefly discussing statistics on UAC in the US, it explains the legal context of US laws governing unaccompanied minors. (Description from source)

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Carmela Full of Wishes is about a young girls dream for her father’s papers to be fixed so he can finally come home. Recommended for grades PreK-3.
  • The Arrival, a graphic novel, captures the strangeness of the immigrant experience without the use of words. Recommended for grades 7-9. (Description from source)

Cultural Orientation/Integration

Child Welfare/Families

Early Childhood



Health/Mental Health


  • Two-Generation/Whole Family Approaches in Anti-Trafficking Programming, an archived webinar from the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC), discusses two-generation and whole family approaches, emerging trends, case studies, and best practices for providing supportive and comprehensive services for individuals who have experienced trafficking and their families.

  • Migrant Women and Human Trafficking: Handbook for Professionals, from La Strada Czech Republic, LEFÖ-IBF, and Ban Ying, was prepared to raise awareness of the complex life and working conditions of migrant women who are at risk of or survivors of human trafficking. It further provides a practical tool for professionals interacting with this target group, especially regarding outreach work, identification and further support of those concerned. (Description from source)

Program Development

  • 8 Tips for Using Logic Models to Improve Project Design and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), from the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META) Project, provides an overview of logic models, clarifying the purpose of and relationship between theories of change and logframes. It provides recommendations for improving your project design, planning for M&E from the start, considering the resources required, and more. Download the accompanying case study to see how logic models helped the staff of a fictional asset-purchase project ensure that their project was based on sound logic and that they could clearly measure their performance. (Description from source)
  • Guiding Principles for Successful Data Sharing Agreements, from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), discusses the challenge of obtaining data sharing agreements which are critical to conducting research in education, and shares tips for establishing data sharing agreements.