What’s New

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • ORR’s New Technical Assistance Program! It has been an honor to serve as the Office of Refugee Resettlement’ expert on refugee children and families since 2001. In the last three years alone, BRYCS has provided technical assistance to 549 refugee resettlement, mainstream, and immigrant-serving organizations across the United States. With the end of this last funding cycle, BRYCS will no longer offer direct TA to ORR-funded refugee programs and service providers. We encourage you to visit our website and join our mailing list to continue to access resources and follow our new initiatives. If you are an ORR-funded refugee program or service provider in need of technical assistance or training, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in partnership with Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Service (LIRS), will lead the ORR-funded Refugee Technical Assistance Program (RTAP). RTAP will serve as a one-stop source for ORR-funded refugee programs and service providers to find TA, training, information, resources, and research. Please direct all technical assistance requests to RTAP@Rescue.org.
  • The Secretary of State has announced that the administration has set the cap for refugee admissions in fiscal year 2019 at 30,000, the lowest since the Refugee Act of 1980 was enacted. If you are interested in educating the public on migration and immigrants or advocating for just and humane immigration reform, consider joining the Justice for Immigrants mailing list.
  • The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is pleased to announce the launch of their new expert witness database. This database offers advocates a searchable repository of qualified and pre-vetted country specialists and health professionals who serve as expert witnesses to support asylum seekers in the United States. It is available free of charge to all advocates dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers. The expert witness database may be accessed online after a user account had been created.
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EVENTS

  • The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 34th Annual Meeting takes place November 8–10, 2018 in Washington, DC. It features more than 130 presentations by leading trauma experts, including a track on immigrant and refugee trauma. This year’s conference will focus on promoting societal change for communities whose voices may less frequently come to the fore.
  • Optimizing Care for Women and Girls Affected by FGM/C, a free workshop hosted by Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, will take place November 9, 2018 from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm ET. Attendees hear from experts on FGM/C and learn best practices in counseling, management, ethical and legal aspects, and view a hands-on defibulation simulation.
  • The 23rd Annual Battering Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI) Conference takes place November 14-16, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan. The conference will explore the impact of connecting the field of battering intervention with the often contradictory and complicated issues of religion, faith, spirituality, incorporating principles of science and research.
  • United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. This year the world is going blue and focusing on education, where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfill their potential. #GoBlue
  • The Justice for Immigrants National Conference 2018 takes place December 5-7, 2018 in Crystal City, VA and will offer an opportunity to discuss the current migration policy landscape and organize our advocacy efforts as we face a new Congress in 2019. The conference includes various panels with experts speaking on issues related to immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, trafficking victims and other advocacy topics as well as opportunities for networking and an advocacy day on Capitol Hill on December 7th.
  • New American Dreams: National Immigrant Integration Conference 2018 takes place December 9-11, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. This year’s theme is “From Resilience to Victory.” The conference will convene over a thousand leaders, advocates and service providers, focusing on what matters most to immigrant families: safety, keeping families together, to be welcomed and acknowledged as of equal status and dignity with all Americans, the promise of a future and hope for opportunity in education and employment.

Call for Papers

  • Submissions are being accepted for the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, a new open access journal. The deadline is rolling.
  • Integration and Resettlement of Refugees and Forced Migrants, a Special issue of Social Sciences, invites papers—particularly by refugees or local citizens living in migrant-hosting towns—that explore urban integration. Applications are due by April 15, 2019.
  • Regional Human Rights Regimes and the Protection of Migrants’ Rights, a Special issue of Laws, invites submissions that investigate regional standards for the protection of migrants’ human rights from a range of perspectives. Submissions may, for example, focus on a particular regional human rights regime, adopt a comparative approach, examine specific human right(s), or/and consider a particular group of migrants. Applications are due by April 30, 2019.
  • Connecting Emerging Scholars and Practitioners to Foster Critical Reflections and Innovation on Migration Research, from Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI), brings together emerging scholars and practitioners from a diverse range of geographic regions, disciplines, and professions to launch four knowledge clusters in the field of forced migration. Conducted through online and in-person activities, the clusters will engage students, early career professionals, researchers, community workers, advocates, and artists, experienced scholars and practitioners, to facilitate discussion and collaboration for innovation in migration research and practice. (Description from source)
  • Call for Submissions! The Child Welfare Journal is looking for articles that extend knowledge in any child/family welfare or related service; on any aspect of administration, supervision, casework, group work, community organization, teaching, research, or interpretation; on any facet of interdisciplinary approaches to the field; or on issues of social policy that bear on the welfare of children and their families. The deadline is rolling.
  • Migration Studies is seeking high quality research on human migration in all its manifestations, and particularly work that presents: comparative findings with relevance beyond a single case study; new methodological techniques and insights; or new theoretical takes on the drivers, dimensions and impacts of migration.
  • Migration Letters is inviting papers on the following topics: migration and security, intra-rural migration, conflict and migration, health and migration, trafficking, asylum migration, development and migration, immigrant integration, return migration, psychology of migration, migration and SMEs, gender issues, migration research and scholars. The deadline is rolling.
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FUNDING

  • Gateways for Growth Challenge, from New American Economy and Welcoming America, includes tailored research, direct technical assistance, and matching grants to support the development and implementation of strategic plans for welcoming and integrating new Americans. A FAQs webinar will be held on October 10th from 2-3 EST. Applications are due by November 19, 2018.
  • Family Literacy programs, from The Wish You Well Foundation, provide support to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States, specifically the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. The deadline to apply is rolling.
  • ALDI Smart Kids Program, provides funding and gift cards to organizations that promote kids being active and healthy. The grant support students, teams and programs that provide kids with a smart foundation for healthier lives and that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing and the arts. The application deadline is rolling.
  • 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.
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RESOURCES

Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • War at the Front Door: A Virtual Reality Challenge Inside Urban Conflict, from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), is an interactive virtual reality film that immerses viewers into the world of a Syrian family trapped in urban warfare. The experience aims to build empathy for people affected by war and understand their perceptions of urban warfare.
  • Mid-Year Figures: Internal Displacement in 2018, from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, provides updates from the ten worst-affected countries of internal displacement and includes spotlights on countries affected by disaster.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Tomás and the Library Lady illustrates a family of migrant workers who travel from state to state. When Tomás and his family arrive in Iowa for the summer, he finds an escape from the scorching heat at the town library. Recommend for grades PreK-2.
  • Ruby Tanya shares the perspective of two friends: Asra, a young asylum seeker from an unnamed Eastern European country and Ruby, a young British girl whose father is campaigning against the presence of asylum seekers in his community. Recommended for grades 7-9.

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