BRYCS What’s New Updates for July 2019



  • July 30 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons! This year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has chosen ‘responding to the trafficking of children and young people’ as the focus of the World Day. This year’s campaign highlights the fact that almost a third of trafficking victims are children. The theme draws attention to the issues faced by trafficked children and to possible action initiatives linked to safeguarding and ensuring justice for child victims.
  • Educating Your Community About Enforcement Actions: Resources For Preparation and Protection, from Justice for Immigrants (JFI), can help to educate communities about their rights when interacting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and ways that they can prepare their families.


  • International Summer School in Forced Migration takes place July 7-19, 2019 at Oxford. The school offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration and is designed for policymakers and practitioners working on refugee protection and related issues.
  • Immigrant Student Success: Strategies and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators, a free online workshop from The Immigrant Learning Center (ILC), will take place July 9 and 10, 2019, from 11:00AM to 2:00PM EST. Join experts nationwide for six hours of innovative lesson planning, interactive activities, and strategies to integrate immigration themes into your school or classroom for the benefit of all students.
  • Beyond Walls and Tariffs: Responding to Migration Challenges at the U.S.-Mexico Border, a livestreamed event by the Migration and Policy Institute (MPI), will take place July 9, 2019 from 11AM-12:30PM EST. Join the conversation on border security, as well as policy responses and regional cooperation on illegal immigration.
  • Women @ Work: Creative Approaches to Female Economic Empowerment, a Switchboard webinar, will take place July 25, 2:00-3:30PM ET. This webinar will describe the characteristics of employment services that are gender-responsive and culturally sensitive, with a view towards providing equal services to female clients; identify best practices and creative approaches to supporting the job readiness and career success of female clients through hearing about two successful program models from the field; and discuss alternative career pathways that may appeal to some female clients, for whom traditional employment may not be the best fit.
  • The 33rd Annual Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) Conference will take place July 28-31, 2019 in Anaheim, CA. This year’s theme is “Fulfilling the promise of permanency” and features over 90 workshops highlighting best practices.
  • Call for papers! The National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) will host the 36th International Symposium on Child Abuse (Symposium) on March 23-26, 2020 in Huntsville, AL. The NCAC seeks workshops that are relevant to an audience of both new and experienced child maltreatment professionals from a variety of disciplines and organizations. There are 12 tracks currently being offered including human trafficking/sexual exploitation.  Applications are due July 26, 2019.
  • Evidence-Based Refugee Youth Mentoring: Essential Ingredients, a Switchboard webinar, will take place July 31, 1:00PM – 2:00PM EST. This webinar will describe key findings from the evidence base for youth mentoring programs; identify critical features of effective youth mentoring programs, particularly related to programs for older ORR-eligible youth populations; and discuss how to incorporate features of effective mentoring programs into your youth mentoring program.
  • Call for presenters! The Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland (RSC) proudly announces a call for presenters for its inaugural 2019 RSC Conference, Great Lakes Conference on Refugee Resilience and Integration: Promising Practices, Emerging Trends, in Cleveland, Ohio on November 14 and 15, 2019 in Cleveland, OH. This important 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. Applications are due July 31, 2019.
  • Cultural Orientation Knowledge Exchange Workshops, hosted by CORE, will take place August 6, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia and August 9, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The workshops will include new activities and two concurrent afternoon sessions in order to maximize learning and knowledge exchange. They have been designed so that previous and new attendees will all gain new information and skills. Resettlement staff or volunteers involved in the implementation and delivery of CO at their offices are encouraged to attend.
  • Call for Essays! CWLA is Celebrating 100 Years of Leadership in Child Welfare Policy, Practice, and Advocacy and asking for essays on “Reflections on Child Welfare Areas of Practice, Issues, and Service Populations”. The essays, in the form of sociological autobiographies, will offer insights and discuss major policy developments, reflections on changes in practice over the years, and where we are today related to selected child welfare areas of practice, program, policy, issues, and services to selected populations. Completed essays will be shared in electronic form throughout 2020. Submissions are due August 16, 2019.
  • Advancing Health and Wellness with Cultural Humility in Asian and Asian American Communities, is accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations as well as youth roundtable discussions at this joint community-academia conference that will take place October 17, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. The focus of the conference is on community programs and research studies related to Asian and Asian American health including well-being, violence prevention, and health promotion. Submission deadline is August 19, 2019.


  • Strengthening Investigative Tools and Technology for Combating Sexual Exploitation, from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), seeks to increase the technological investigative capacity and associated training for law enforcement, prosecutors, and other professionals through the development, refinement, and advancement of investigative tools, methods, and technologies that address child pornography, child exploitation, and child sex trafficking. Apply by July 29, 2019.
  • Specialized Services and Mentoring for Child and Youth Victims of Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation, from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), aims to enhance the capacity of applicant organizations to respond to the needs of children and youth who are victims of sexual exploitation/domestic sex trafficking as well as labor trafficking. Apply by July 29, 2019.
  • The Lipman Family Prize is targeted toward organizations addressing social and economic issues that are usually addressed by the Nonprofit/NGO/Civil Society sector. The application process places particular emphasis on the following four qualities: Leadership, Innovation, Impact, and Transferability. Apply by August 1, 2019.
  • Literacy Program Grants, from the Loia Lenski Covey Foundation, encourage literacy programs that engage children in activities that foster a lifelong love of reading. Programs may introduce or assist pre-school children in the enjoyment of books or increase school-age children’s reading skills. Innovative, positive approaches are desired. The deadline is rolling.
  • Culture, Education, Health and Social Service Program Grants, from the Hearst Foundation, supports well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests – culture, education, health and social service – and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. The deadline is rolling.


General Cultural Competency & Migration & Resettlement Awareness

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • The Faraway Brothers, is the story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador’s violence to build new lives in California—fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong. (Description from source)

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Preparing for the Unknown: Designing Effective Predeparture Orientation for Resettling Refugees, a report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), explores the varied forms these programs take, with their content, timing, and delivery shaped by the refugees’ situation and the resettlement country’s resources and priorities. The study draws on interviews with resettlement policymakers, program implementers, and reception and integration service providers, and its seven case-study countries—Austria, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Romania—represent both longstanding and relatively new national resettlement programs.
  • Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness – A Guide for Law Enforcement, by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), identifies discussion questions and community policing best practices for law enforcement representatives organizing internal agency screenings or community screenings of the PBS documentary film Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness, which profiles a town taking action after anti-immigrant violence devastates the community.
  • Refugee Empowerment and Faith Communities: A Qualitative Study”, from Social Work and Christianity, explores the perceptions of faith communities’ work with refugee communities with the goal of learning how Christian faith communities can best serve and empower resettled refugees. Recommendations are given on how to utilize social work theory and skills to prepare faith communities to facilitate the empowerment of refugees who have been resettled.

Child Welfare/Families

Early Childhood


  • Bridging Two Worlds, from Advancing Career Development in Canada (CERIC), provides teachers, school administrators and counsellors with the knowledge and practical resources to deliver more informed and culturally responsive career development and guidance to newcomer and refugee youth from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
  • Una Vida, Dos Paises, a film by Tatyana Kleyn and Ben Donnellon, offers a look at return migration by following a group of transborder high school students, who call themselves “The New Dreamers”. The students meet to discuss the realities and challenges of being back in Mexico. The film is also accompanied by a Spanish-English bilingual curriculum for secondary schools in the US, Mexico and beyond.  The lessons prepare the students to watch the film and to delve deeper into the areas of identity, language, economics and policies.
  • Human Rights Friendly Schools Toolkit, from Amnesty International, provides concise, practical, and comprehensive support to help schools, communities and students teach and enjoy human rights one step at a time.
  • “Helping Newcomer Students Succeed: Research on Programs and Practices”, from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), presents findings from a three-year national study of secondary newcomer programs and discusses programs and practices shown to be effective in supporting the success of newly arrived students.
  • Educating Immigrant Students and Emergent Bilinguals in an Anti-Immigrant Era, a video from the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA)Centennial Lecture Series, features Dr. Patricia Gándara, a leading researcher on English language learners and bilingual education.

Health/Mental Health


  • Human Trafficking on Temporary Work Visas: A Data Analysis 2015-2017, from Polaris, identified some 800 victims of human trafficking who held temporary visas at the time of their abuse. This report highlights the destructive practice of labor trafficking on temporary work visas, how the system is flawed, and the steps needed to fix it.
  • The Faith-Based and Community Toolkit, an anti human trafficking toolkit for the faith community, developed by the DHS Blue Campaign and the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives is now available in Spanish! The toolkit provides tips and resources to engage houses of worship and the community to help raise awareness about human trafficking and how to be responsive to the needs of victims or those vulnerable to harm.
  • Higher Education for Displaced Women: A Defense against Human Trafficking, a report from Platform for Education in Emergencies Response, provides an overview of the human trafficking problem, the current state of education for displaced women, the ways in which displaced women are at risk of violence, and how higher education can be a solution.

Program Development

  • The Indigenous Interpreter®: A Training Manual for Indigenous Language Interpreting, from the Natividad Medical Foundation, can be used to train interpreters of indigenous languages or for self-study. These books are available electronically at no cost (under a Creative Commons license). The program guides interpreters of indigenous languages on ethics, protocols and modes — including consecutive, relay and simultaneous interpreting — in community and healthcare settings. Each module includes targeted guidance for overcoming the barriers that indigenous interpreters encounter daily in many different service settings.