What's New

September 2018


  • "What Now? Post-High School, College & Career Readiness for Refugee Youth" will take place September 11, 2018 @1PM EST. This BRYCS webinar will provide insight into ways to prepare refugee students for college and career, including involving refugee parents in decision making. Promising Practices among programs serving refugee youth transitioning to adulthood will be shared. Register today!
  • Welcome back to school! Check out BRYCS' highlighted resource lists for schools to help set you and your students up for success this school year. 
  • New Promising Practice! Learning by Doing from Fargo Public Schools District #1, works to  keep refugee students engaged in learning over the summer months through reading, writing and experiential activities so that they begin the new school year with improved reading/language arts ability and an expanded interest in learning more. 
  • September 14-23rd is National Welcoming Week! During this annual series of events, communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.
  • The National Immigrant Justice Center's (NIJC) Family Integrity Project is serving adults and children who have been separated as a result of immigration detention. Through this project and their network of pro bono attorneys, NIJC will provide legal screenings and representation for adults, children, and families who have been previously separated. Legal service providers can refer cases to NIJC and individuals in need of representation via phone at 312-660-1317 or via email at nijcfip@heartlandalliance.org.


  • The SAFE 2018 3rd Annual Global Conference on Human Trafficking will take place September 2-5, 2018 in Chicago, IL. This year's theme is "Innovative Response to Migration, Conflict, and War," building upon the collaborative success of SAFE 2016. The goals of SAFE 2018 are to widen the global collaborative from 25 countries to 50 countries to address transnational trafficking in the age of wars and transient migrations and gather together advocates, scientists, clinicians, law enforcement, NGOs, governmental entities, transportation and hospitality communities to foster global collaborative systems of delivery from trafficking.
  • The ISPCAN XXII International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect will be held September 2-5, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference focuses on child protection in the changing world and is dedicated to increasing public awareness of all forms of violence against children, developing activities to prevent such violence, and promoting the rights of children in all regions of the world. Training Institute core competency courses are also offered.
  • The 2018 CCUSA Annual Gathering is taking place from September 12-14, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. Proposals are now being accepted. Special consideration will be given to proposals that further the Catholic Charities’ Strategic Priorities: Affordable Housing; Integrated Health & Nutrition; Immigration & Refugee Services; Leadership Development & Catholic Identity; Disaster Services; Social Enterprise Initiatives; Advocacy & Social Policy Initiatives.
  • The 2018 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference will take place September 12-14, 2018 in Portland, OR. This year's theme is "Partnership with Purpose – Data, Programs, and Policies for Healthy Mothers, Children, and Families." The conference offers a platform to share experiences, enhance knowledge, and generate new ideas for promoting and improving the health of women, children and families.
  • The ACCESS Arab Health Summit will take place Sep. 16-19, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The Summit will serve as a platform for discussions around health rights, public health research, capacity building and community engagement as it relates to health and mental health issues among immigrants, refugees and vulnerable populations.
  • The 23rd Annual School Mental Health Conference on Advancing School Mental Health takes place October 11-13, 2018 in Las Vegas. This year's theme is "School Mental Health – A Sure Bet for Student Success!" Attendees learn from cutting-edge research in the field, network with school mental health peers and leaders, and bring back practical tools and strategies to implement in their own systems.
  • Working Effectively with Muslim Youth and Their Families, from the Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center, is a two-part presentation bringing attention to potential bias, as well as providing a foundational overview of Muslim customs and practices, emphasizing the continuum of diversity of practice within the religion. Participants will leave the sessions with a greater understanding of Muslim demographics, globally and locally, as well as information regarding how best to engage with Muslim youth and Muslim families. Part one takes place on October 11, 2018. Part two takes place on October 25, 2018.

Call for Papers

  • The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) has announced a call for proposals for their 2019 conference panel which will be January 3-6, 2019. They are seeking fresh and timely perspectives on how the recent experiences of immigrants are shaping the literary traditions of the U.S. All approaches to literature and narrative media are welcome.
  • 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.


  • YouthBuild, from the Department of Labor, is aimed at organizations providing pre-apprenticeship services that support education, occupational skills training, and employment services to at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24, while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. In addition to construction skills training, YouthBuild applicants may include occupational skills training in other in-demand industries. Applications are due by September 18, 2018.
  • Lowe's Toolbox for Education® Grants, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation focus giving efforts on K-12 public/charter education and community improvement projects. These community improvement projects are high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements. Applications are accepted from August 6, 2018 to September 28, 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.
  • Physical Activity Grants, from Good Sports, give all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to community programs and schools. Good Sports aims to increase the total amount of kids that are active, enhance a program’s ability to maintain the athletes they currently serve, lower participation fees and develop new programs. The application deadline is rolling.
  • The KLA-Tencor Foundation Grant Program, from KLA-Tencor, strives to make a positive and lasting impact on people’s lives and encourage others to take action as well. The program invests in creative ideas that support educational programs and institutions with an emphasis on STEM, health and wellness programs/providers and local community enrichment programs.The application deadline is rolling.


Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • Mapping Global Transformations, from World Economic Forum, is an interactive tool that provides insight into how migration has impacted all aspects of the world.
  • Immigration Data Matters, from Migration Policy Institute (MPI), is an online guide that links users directly to the most credible, high-quality data on immigrants and immigration in the United States and internationally. It includes more than 220 data resources compiled by governmental and authoritative nongovernmental sources. The Migration Data Hub also house data resources including, trends, profiles ad tools.
  • "What is Behind the Sudden Surge of Child Migrants? The Case of the Northern Triangle and Mexico," from Social Science Research Network Journal, examines the influx of child migrants over the last decade and the causes behind their migration. The article suggests that the high prevalence of violence against children in the Northern Triangle and Mexico is the largest driver and reflects upon interventions that aim to deter child migration and their effects.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • The Other Side of Truth, when Nigeria's corrupt military government kills their mother, twelve-year-old Sade and her brother Femi think their lives are over. Out of fear for their safety, their father, an outspoken journalist, decides to smuggle the children out of Nigeria and into London, where their uncle lives. But when they get to the cold and massive city, they find themselves lost and alone, with no one to trust and no idea when, or if, they will ever see their father again. Recommend for grades 6-8.
  • Grandfather Counts Gong Gong (Grandfather) is coming from China to live with Helen's family. Helen is excited, but anxious. How will she and her siblings, who know only English, communicate with Gong Gong, who speaks only Chinese? This book highlights the universality of the love shared between grandparent and grandchild that helps them cross the boundaries of language and culture. Recommended for grades 1-3. A teacher's guide is also available.
  • Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees This book presents five true stories, from 1939 to today, about young people who lived through the harrowing experience of setting sail in search of asylum. These remarkable accounts will give readers a keen appreciation of the devastating effects of war and poverty on youth like themselves, and helps put the mounting current refugee crisis into stark context. Recommended for grades 5-8.
  • Picture Human Rights Poster Contest, from Human Rights Educators (HRE) USA, celebrates the upcoming 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Artists from ages 5 to 21 are invited to participate by creating a poster based on the UDHR. The contest hopes to encourage young people to educate their communities about human rights and heighten awareness about the UDHR. The deadline to enter is October 24, 2018 (United Nations Day).

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Oral and Written Model Assessments, from CORE, specify the topics that should be covered and information that should be conveyed to refugees during overseas and domestic Cultural Orientation (CO). PRM requires that CO programs in the United States assess student learning after CO instruction and recommends the use of the Model Assessment. Both the oral and written assessments are available in multiple languages. An interactive, online training module offers providers an opportunity to practice conducting and scoring the oral Model Assessment prior to administering the assessment with refugees.
  • The Welcoming Economies Playbook: Strategies for Building an Inclusive Local Economy, from Welcoming America, is designed to be an easy-to-use resource for organizations that work on economic development, refugee services, and leaders advancing economic inclusion and greater prosperity in the United States. Topics include developing an inclusive approach to economic development, tips for success, and key strategies around areas such as workforce development, entrepreneurship, home ownership, and urban and rural agriculture.
  • "A Brief Introduction to the Multidimensional Intercultural Training Acculturation Model (MITA) for Middle Eastern Adolescent Refugees," from International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, recognizes that crucial factors to describe adolescent refugee acculturation are missing. The article proposes that the two major concerns for adolescent refugees, socio-cultural adjustment and mental health, are predicted by intercultural and social–emotional competence, intentions to return to their homeland, and experiences of traumatic events and advocates for uses of a more robust MITA.

Child Welfare/Families

  • "Syria: Refugee Parents' Experiences and Need for Parenting Support in Camps and Humanitarian Settings," from Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, explores the parenting support needs of Syrian parents who had recently fled conflict and were residing in refugee camps and shelters in Syria and in Turkey, to understand the perceived feasibility and value of intervention at this stage. Refugee children's mental health through war, conflict and flight is strongly influenced by family environment and quality of relationships with parents and primary caregivers. Providing tailored support for families at this stage of their refugee journey could have significant benefits for the well-being of both refugee children and their parents. (Description from source)
  • Protecting Families and Facilitating Their Integration, from Center for Migration Studies, examines the needs of migrating families, what faith-based organizations are doing to help and how they have impacted the development of two Global Compacts to be adopted by the end of the year. The importance of focusing on families as a whole children is addressed as this can aid in relationship building with the community.
  • "Recently Arrived Refugee Children: The Quality and Outcomes of Best Interests of the Child Assessments," from the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, provides insight into the quality and outcomes of BIC assessments with unaccompanied and accompanied children. The children in the sample had experienced a high number of stressful life events and a majority reported trauma related stress symptoms or other emotional problems. The study suggest that BIC assessments provide relevant information that enables assessors to determine the best interests of recently arrived refugee children.
  • "Child Migrants and Child Welfare: Toward a Best Interests Approach," from Washington University Global Studies Law Review, examines the protections and treatment of child migrants. The paper highlights the importance of these protections and the government's commitment to them for children to thrive upon migration.

Early Childhood

  • Sesame Street in Communities: Traumatic Experiences, from Sesame Street Workshop, guide service providers on how to work with children who have experienced trauma and their families. Resources include background information, workshops, activity books and videos and are also available in Spanish.


  • Partnering for School Success Children, Youth and Families at Risk Project, from University of Minnesota Extension, focuses on two of the major factors related to academic achievement for Latino families — family and school environments — and what each can do to improve school success. The program is a partnership between University of Minnesota Extension, Triton (Dodge Center) Middle School and Faribault Middle School and aims for improved parent-school and parent-child interactions and improved educational outcomes for at-risk children.
  • Promising practices in Refugee Education: Synthesis Report, from Save the Children, identifies, documents and promotes innovative ways to effectively reach refugee children and young people with quality educational opportunities. The report synthesizes the key findings and lessons learned from more than 20 projects that were selected as part of the initiative. The projects have been used to identify 10 recommendations aimed at improving refugee education policy and programming.
  • Welcoming Immigrant Students in School, from the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), is an infographic for public schools who, by law, must serve all children. Not only should undocumented students not be discouraged from attending, they are required to attend school under the state's compulsory education laws. School leaders are actively affirming the welcoming environment they intend to maintain along with spelling out their non-discrimination policies, procedures for collecting student information, commitment to the communities they serve, and measures for communicating with students' families. IDRA's website provides links to some such statements.
  • Responding to Hate and Bias at School, from Teaching Tolerance, encourages educators to learn what to do before, during and after a bias incident. The guide provides information on implementing protocols at the beginning of the school year to increase administrators' and teachers' confidence that they'll be able to effectively address incidents and alleviate tension.


  • "On Their Own Terms" UNHCR's Youth Initiative Fund: Supporting Youth-led Protection, from UNHCR, provides an overview of the first three years of the global roll out of the UNHCR Youth Initiative Fund (YIF) program. The report highlights a number of common enabling factors identified across the YIF projects that facilitated positive outcomes for youth and their communities and which contributed towards the fulfillment of the Core Actions for Refugee Youth (Description from source). 

Health/Mental Health

  • "The Effects of the Refugee Crisis on Age Estimation Analysis over the Past 10 Years: A 16-Country Survey", from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, studies the increased demand for age estimation (AE) on living subjects due to the influx of immigrants seeking asylum, which is often only granted on condition that the person is a minor in most countries. There are many methods for age estimation and countries choose a method based on their population and on past experience. This study is the first to identify the reasons and tests used to estimate the age in different countries. The aim was to determine the changing trends in dental AE methods over the past 10 years and to determine the most commonly used methods in both living and deceased individuals.
  • "Psychosocial Problems in Traumatized Refugee Families: Overview of Risks and Some Recommendations for Support Services," from Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, focuses on understanding the developmental risks faced by refugee children when they or family members are suffering from trauma-related psychological disorders. The report also encourages identifying measures that can be taken to address these risks. Recommendations include recognizing the high level of psychosocial problems present in these families, teaching positive parenting skills, initiating culture-sensitive interventions, and facilitating access to education and health care.
  • Vulnerable But Not Broken: Psychosocial Challenges and Resilience Pathways Among Unaccompanied Children from Central America, from the Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies (CLLAS), provides an overview of issues unaccompanied children face and their migration journeys. The report focuses on children's abilities to overcome challenges and adapt to their new environments and recommends resources for service providers who work with them.

Female Genital Cutting (FGC)

  • "Obstetric Management of Women with Female Genital Mutilation", from The Obstetrician & Gynecologist, provides a review of Female Genital Mutilation for health practitioners. The article includes information about the different types of FGM, health complications, reconstructive surgery and how to adequately care for patients who have experienced FGM. It also addresses ethical issues and barriers practitioners may face.
  • FGM Legislation by State Interactive Map and Model Legislation, from the AHA Foundation, is an interactive map of the United States showing each state's AHA determined grade in relation to FGM legislation. The map provides information on how states can strengthen their legislation to protect women and girls and why it is important.
  • Sahiyo Stories, from Sahiyo, brought together nine women from across the United States to create personalized digital stories that narrate their experiences of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and/or the experience of their advocacy work to end this form of gender violence. Stories will be shared over the course of the next 10 weeks. Subscribe to Sahiyo's YouTube channel to watch them all!


Program Development

  • Community Action and the Test of Time: Learning from Community Experiences and Perceptions, from the U.S. Agency for International Development, uses case studies of mobilization and capacity building to for community groups working with vulnerable children in Malawi and Zambia. Its key findings focus on building community ownership of child protection and welfare issues, sustainability issues, and considerations for reaching the most vulnerable children (Description from source).