BRYCS What’s New Updates for July 2021

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Survey for Immigrant Families on Experiences During the Pandemic During the COVID-19 Pandemic Many of us have confronted various challenges related to health, finances, and finding social support. Researchers aim to use this study to learn from immigrant parents’/caregivers’ experiences during the pandemic to inform policies and social services to better support immigrant families. They are looking for immigrant families to participate in this confidential and voluntary study – this could include you, your friends and family, your clients, foster parents, and volunteers, etc. If you are a service provider and have the capacity, we suggest sitting alongside immigrant families as they complete the survey. If that is not possible, please share the survey and let them know that they can share it with their friends and family. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Professor Robert G. Hasson III, Ph.D., LICSW, Kerri Evans, Ph.D., or Jennifer Siegel, MSW.
  • HAVE YOU / DO YOU WORK WITH THE MAYA FROM GUATEMALA OR MEXICO? Ten years ago, Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) and the Maya Heritage Community Project at Kennesaw State University (KSU) collaborated to create the Maya Toolkit for Medical Providers. The Toolkit creation involved dozens of key Maya participants from various language groups, without whose help the project would not have been possible. The Toolkit aims to help medical providers identify health care barriers and create resources to bridge the gap. We are now interested in finding out who has used the Toolkit, how useful it is, and how we might update and improve it. To that end, BRYCS and KSU have developed a short online survey. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. If you have worked with Maya and either used or not used the Toolkit before, please help by telling us about your experiences with the Toolkit or your initial impressions of the Toolkit.  
  • Youth Mentoring, a program of Refugee Services of Texas-Austin, aims to coach and empower refugee youth, age 15-24, to reach their personal, professional, and education goals via one-on-one relationships with a community volunteer mentor.
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EVENTS

  • 2021 Immigrant Student Success: Strategies and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators, will take place July 7-8, 2021 from 11AM-2PM EDT. Immigrant and refugee students of all ages are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment. Participants will learn to support immigrant students, combat anti-immigrant sentiment, and center the immigrant voice across the curriculum.
  • Supporting Refugee Clients’ Adjustment and Wellbeing: A Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Primer, a free, online certificate course from Switchboard, provides a foundational understanding of mental health, helps participants understand the unique traumas related to forced migration and resettlement, and explores best and promising practices to mental health and psychosocial support programming. It will be most relevant for caseworkers, casework supervisors, and others whose role includes directly supporting refugee clients. This course is open to staff of all ORR-funded organizations, including state agencies, resettlement agencies and affiliates, ethnic community-based organizations, etc. Apply by July 14, 2021.
  • The 2021 National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) will take place October 2-8, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NIIC is the largest conference on immigration in the U.S. and plays a central role in the powerful, diverse and broad immigrant and refugee rights and integration field.
  • The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) of New York’s 2021 Annual Gala will take place on October 14, 2021 from 7-8PM ET This is a free, virtual event celebrating another successful year of promoting evidence-based public policies that protect the rights of refugees, migrants, and newcomers. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
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FUNDING

  • Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services, a grant opportunity from USCIS, will fund public or nonprofit organizations that offer both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to lawful permanent residents. USCIS expects to award 33 organizations up to $250,000 each, for two years through this opportunity. Apply by July 16, 2021.
  • Refugee and Asylee Integration Services Program, a grant opportunity from USCIS, will fund up to six organizations to provide individualized services to lawful permanent residents who entered the United States under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program or were granted asylum. This year the program has expanded eligibility to include lawful permanent residents who were admitted or entered the United States as Cuban or Haitian entrants or individuals admitted on a Special Immigrant Visa. Apply by by July 16, 2021.
  • COVID-19 Student Support Recovery Grant, from the School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network, aims to support LEAs and schools to implement mental healthcare programs, including supporting placement of mental health professionals. The deadline is rolling.
  • As a way to augment your agency’s funding, try reaching out to local and national organizations for resources and donations that help your agency’s goals in serving the refugee population. Some resources to locate local foundations with grant opportunities: Community Foundations Locator, Foundation Center’s free online Foundation Directory, and United Way Worldwide.

CALL FOR PAPERS

  • Kids in Cages: The History, Politics, and Lived Experiences of Child Migrant Detention, is seeking chapter proposals. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Child migration history, law, and policy; Emergence of the unaccompanied minor in American immigration; Historical accounts of child migrant detention; Psychological and developmental impacts of detention on children and families; Political battles over child migration detention; Ethnographic or narrative accounts of child migrant detention; Activism around child detention; Analysis of the Flores settlement and other policy; Detention as violence; Criminalization of migrant children in and through detention; Media representations of child migrant detention; Ethics of detention; Experience of practitioners working with detained children; Analysis of nonprofit and for-profit detention structures. Manuscripts should not be previously published. Proposals due by August 1, 2021.
  • UNHCR Innovation Service is calling for proposals for its Digital Inclusion project. The project provides targeted financial support to country operations interested in tackling specific challenges relating to Digital Inclusion in 2021. This adapted approach gives space and resources to support UNHCR teams address key issues they may be facing in light of COVID-19. The next submission deadline is July 15, 2021.
  • Pediatric Ethicscope will continue to accept papers addressing pediatric ethics issues arising from the crisis at the southern U.S. border and in immigration generally through July 31, 2021.
  • Statelessness and Citizenship Review is seeking submissions for a Special Issue “Children Without a State”, to be published in December 2021. Submissions on any theme or context relating to citizenship and statelessness issues as they affect children are invited. The submission deadline is July 31, 2021.
  • The Other Side of Hope, a literary magazine, is seeking submissions from writers with an asylum-seeking, refugee and/or immigrant background. However, they are accepting non-fiction, reviews, and interview submissions by anyone as long as the subject matter sheds light on the refugee and immigrant life. The deadline is July 31, 2021.
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RESOURCES

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Mango, Abuela, and Me, flips the usual angle on the immigrant language barrier, exploring the perspective of a child who already speaks English and wants to reach out to someone who doesn’t. Mia wants to talk to her recently immigrated abuela (Spanish for grandmother), but her abuela is still learning English. (Description from source)
  • Errol’s Garden is an inclusive tale about how one boy’s garden unites a diverse community.  Available in over two dozen languages including Burmese and Swahili.

General Cultural Competency & Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • A Day in the Life of Refugees, a documentary from Voice of America (VOA), examines the impact of forced displacement on individuals and families, on those in their destination countries, and governments and others who assist or thwart them in their efforts.
  • ICMC Videos, from the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), are a series of seven animated videos showcasing the major areas on which ICMC’s work focuses and provides concrete examples of how ICMC and its partners’ work supports forced migrants and refugees.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

Child Welfare/Family Strengthening

  • A Vision Forward: Policies Needed to Protect the Best Interests of ‘Category 4’ Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, a report from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), explores the current system for protecting unaccompanied children whom the government has determined do not have viable sponsors. The report highlights the flaws in the system of care for unaccompanied children, particularly for Category 4 youth, and ways in which the federal custody system for unaccompanied children without sponsors departs from foundational child welfare principles underlying the U.S. child welfare system. This report’s recommendations urge policy makers to better protect the best interests of Category 4 children in U.S. government care. While ORR released updated guidance concerning expanded eligibility for Category 4 youth as this report was being published, significant and permanent changes are still needed. (Description from source)
  • Disparities Facing U.S. Children in Immigrant Families: New Data and Ideas for Indicators to Promote Equity, a Migration Policy Institute (MPI) webcast, explores new findings from an analysis conducted by MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, which compares key sociodemographic characteristics of immigrant and U.S.-born parents of young and school-age children and underscores their two-generational implications. Speakers examine disparities evident in the analysis and discuss potential ways to incorporate equity-sensitive measures associated with them in the policy and program frameworks of key systems, with an eye to achieving more responsive and effective service designs and improving equity and access more generally for families facing multiple disparities. (Description from source)
  • Pushed into Harm’s Way: Forced Returns of Unaccompanied Migrant Children to Danger by the USA and Mexico, from Amnesty International, finds that the U.S. and Mexican governments are forcibly returning tens of thousands of unaccompanied children to the countries they just fled in search of safety, without adequate screenings or protection from the harm they may face upon return. (Description from source)
  • Strengthening Services for Unaccompanied Children in U.S. Communities, a report from Migration Policy Institute (MPI), finds that while federal follow-up services for unaccompanied minors have been historically limited, community providers have played a crucial role identifying flexible and innovative solutions. The report outlines key recommendations for the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), state and local governments, and community providers to strengthen federal and community post-release services, particularly at a time when the federal government is seeking to expedite the release of children from custody. (Description from source)

Early Childhood

Education

Health/Mental Health

Anti-Trafficking

  • 10 Red Flags That Your Patient Could Be A Victim of Human Trafficking, an infographic from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and Red Flags of Human Trafficking, from the Hope Risen Foundation, identifies concerns of the labor trafficking of foreign born individuals.
  • Human Trafficking in America’s Schools, a recently updated guide from the U.S. Department of Education, aims to provide awareness of the current prevalence of child trafficking and the forms it takes; information on risk factors and indicators of child trafficking; details about three prevention tiers and the implications for schools’ role in addressing child trafficking; information on how professional development of school staff and prevention education for students and families can reduce the likelihood of trafficking; and details on how policies, protocols, and partnerships with other community sectors can help prevent trafficking.

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