Refugee Admissions goal raised to 62.5k! Refugee Council USA has compiled a short social media toolkit to celebrate the news! #RestoringWelcome
May is National Foster Care Month! The USCCB/MRS Foster Care team is honored to have the opportunity to work with an incredible Foster Care network that is dedicated to finding safe and loving homes for unaccompanied migrant youth. Through this last year, the network has navigated many changes, while always leaning into its strengths and collective knowledge. Follow the Justice of Immigrants (JFI) Facebook and Twitter pages to see the Foster Care Month social media campaign and check out the new resource and training page on BRYCS. This training page will allow foster parents to access and complete USCCB/MRS trainings.
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.
Vaccines and Ramadan, from the The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants (NRC-RIM), is a series of videos and other resources about Ramadan and COVID-19 vaccines featuring faith leaders addressing potential questions or concerns from members of Muslim communities.
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.
Managing Your Biases Live Stream Course, from the Florida Center from Cultural Competence, Inc., will take place May 3, 2021 at 3-5PM EDT. Laugh, uncover unconscious thoughts about others, and recognize the human tendency to divide the world into “us” and “them” and devalue “them”.
Welcoming Interactive, Welcoming America’s annual conference, will take place virtually May 5-6, 2021. The focus of this year’s event will be on inclusion best practices, with applications in emergency management and preparedness, community building, and immigration.
Anti-Trafficking Webinar: SOAR to Health and Wellness, a free two-hour training, hosted by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, the Administration for Children and Families’ Office on Trafficking in Persons, and the HHS Office on Women’s Health, will take place May 19, 2021 at 1PM ET. The training aims to teach providers how to identify and respond to human trafficking. Continuing education credits are available for physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, nurses, dentists, social workers, public health professionals, and health education specialists.
Barclay-Giel Seed Grants, from the The Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Officers Foundation (COF) for the Advancement of Public Health, seek to support community-based public health programs. Past grantees include migrant- and refugee-serving organizations. Apply by May 15, 2021.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has announced funding opportunities for five discretionary grants.
The Refugee Family Child Care Microenterprise Development (RFCCMED) Program will fund grantees to provide refugee participants with training and technical assistance in professional child care, microenterprise development, and financial literacy so they can navigate the child care licensing process and prepare their homes for child care business operation. Apply by June 1, 2021.
The Refugee Microenterprise Development (MED) Program will fund grantees to assist refugee participants in establishing microenterprise businesses by providing technical assistance on grants and loans, maintaining a revolving loan fund, and providing credit builder loans. Apply by June 7, 2021.
The Preferred Communities (PC) Program will fund grantees to support the resettlement of especially vulnerable refugees in preferred locations through services such as intensive case management. Apply by June 18, 2021.
Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story tells the story of a young girl in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won’t understand why she doesn’t join them in the lunchroom. This website also contains free printables such as Arabic letter coloring sheets. Recommended for grades 1-7. (Description from source)
CCC – Change the Conversation Challenge!, a project of the global campaign “Shaping Narratives on Migrants and Migration” of the United Nations Major Group of Children and Youth, will award young leaders and youth-led organizations to share their experience/ ideas on how to reshape narratives on migration, fighting stereotypes and xenophobia. The first prize is $500USD and the deadline is May 10th, 2021.
General Cultural Competency & Migration & Resettlement Awareness
UNPROTECTED: Chin IDPs in Chin and Rakhine States, Myanmar/Burma from the Chin Association of Maryland, outlines the context of persecution against Chins in southern Chin State and Rakhine State in Myanmar/Burma. It especially focuses on the threats to their security and poor humanitarian conditions resulting from the ongoing violence. It also describes how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Description from source)
Building Effective Migration Management Capacity in Mexico and Central America, from Migration Policy Institute (MPI), examines migration management in Mexico and Central America, and the growing government attention to migration functions, enhanced immigration enforcement, increased investments in asylum systems and existing protection frameworks, as well as labor migration policies. (Description from source)
Engaging Public-Sector Stakeholders to Prepare for Welcoming More Refugees, an information guide from Switchboard TA, explores strategies for meaningfully re-engaging public-sector stakeholders, whether looking to collaborate with public schools, public health departments, or other public actors. This includes creative virtual activities to lay the groundwork for public-sector collaboration in community consultation or other public stakeholder settings. A supplemental webinar is also available. (Description from source)
Best Practices Guide for Working with Karen, Nepali-Bhutanese, Oromo, and Somali Families in Child Welfare: Second Edition, from the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW), is intended as an overview of selected topics that are relevant to providing culturally responsive services to families with refugee backgrounds and understanding their unique needs. General themes were identified through a literature review and interviews with refugee families. The term ‘refugee’ is a broad category that encompasses an extremely diverse group of people with unique cultures, histories, and experiences. (Description from source)
COVID-19 Vaccine Informational Videos for Refugee Communities, from Church World Service (CWS), aim to ensure refugee and immigrant communities have access to clear and correct information about the COVID vaccines. Currently available in English, Arabic, Nepali, Swahili and Spanish with more translations forthcoming.
Toolkit for Building Survivor-Informed Organizations, a toolkit from the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center, aims to support anti-trafficking organizations, coalitions, task forces, volunteer programs, and other organizations who support those impacted by human trafficking.