What's New

June 2018


  • BRYCS Blog and Forum! Check out BRYCS' latest blog "I Have, "I Am," & "I Can.": Serving Students with Interrupted Formal Education" takes a look at the challenges that many SIFE learners face as they begin the adjustment to schooling in their new country and provides suggestions for how schools and communities can support students with interrupted education.
  • New Promising Practice! Refugee Acculturation, Education, Civic Engagement & Health (REACH), provides holistic services to high school-aged refugee youth in the low-income communities of City Heights and El Cajon. REACH's focus is on newly arrived refugee youth who are navigating the tense process of resettlement and processing war or other trauma, while learning a new language and culture.
  • June 20th is World Refugee Day! On this day around the world, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees, including families and unaccompanied refugee children. Download the USCCB/MRS World Refugee Day 2018 Toolkit to learn more how you can participate in #WRD18.
  • June is Immigrant Heritage Month! This month is dedicated to celebrating both our diversity and our shared American heritage by telling the stories of individuals that, together, comprise a uniquely American narrative.
  • June 12th is the World Day Against Child Labor! On this day, we focus our attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. See what USCCB/MRS is doing to work on ending child labor and human trafficking.  
  • June 26th is the International Day in Support Victims of Torture! On this day in 1987, the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Degrading and Inhuman Treatment or Punishment went into effect. This day is meant to serve as a remembrance for those who have survived torture and support of those who work to end it.


  • Cross-Border Family Mediation: Dispute Resolution for International Families in Your Community Conference, will take place June 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. The event will bring together leading experts to discuss mediation as a key process to help cross-border families with their complex situations. Discussions will include the complex nature of international family disputes, how to identify families where mediation would be helpful, what global resources exist for engaging families in mediation processes, and how to ensure mediation is an available resource for international families in the United States.
  • The 17th Annual Cambio de Colores conference will take place June 6-8, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year's theme is "Latinx in the Heartland: Fostering Resilience and Cross-Cultural Connections." Cambio de Colores is a multistate conference about integration of immigrants in new destinations. People from various fields who work with Latinos and immigrant communities come together to share research and best practices that facilitate the integration of newcomers.
  • 2018 North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is being held June 7-9, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. This three day conference focuses on issues that are relevant to the emerging field of refugee healthcare.  Attendees have the opportunity to learn about best practices, increase their levels of cultural competency, connect with like-minded professionals, reflect on the challenges and successes of the work they do, and develop a network of colleagues who are making a difference in their communities. 
  • The International Refugee Rights Conference 2018 takes place June 7-9, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. The Canadian Council for Refugees is hosting the conference to enhance the effectiveness of NGOs in promoting the human rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants Refugee advocates, academics and others are invited to learn from each other and strategize across borders, to better meet the evolving needs of refugees.
  • Meeting the Unique Needs of Refugee and Immigrant Youth in Foster Care webinar will take place on June 13, 2018 at 2pm EST. The webinar will address the unique strengths and needs of immigrant and refugee youth from representatives of a national foster care program designed especially for this population. Presenters will also dicuss the importance of promoting cultural adjustment and integration, addressing discrimination and bullying, and nurturing family connections.
  • Welcoming Economies Convening + Welcoming Interactive, a collaboration between Welcoming America and WE Global Network, will take place June 18-20, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference will focus on building bridges between newcomers and long-time residents and merging cutting edge policies and innovative ideas from the field of immigrant economic development with successful practices and inspiring stories of welcoming communities.
  • The Family Focused Treatment Association’s 32nd Annual Conference will be held July 8-11, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme for this year's conference is "Hope, Healing and Partnership" a reminder that as treatment professionals, we must work together for success—whether that partnership represents a caseworker and foster parent, a treatment team, or multiple agencies providing a continuum of care.
  • The 2018 National Family and Community Engagement Conference, "Organize. Harmonize. Amplify", will take place July 11-13, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. This event brings together school and district administrators, educators, families and students to focus on solutions that enhance and expand engagement through family-school-community partnerships.
  • 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.
  • 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 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, is organizing a special issue, “Refugee, Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health”, and now accepting submissions. Abstracts for manuscripts are due by June 30, 2018.
  • The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) will publish the 13th edition of World Perspectives on Child Abuse,  a collection of information on programs and policies around the world related to child abuse and neglect. Professionals with knowledge of country-level data are asked to contribute by completing an online survey that covers the scope of maltreatment in your country, government policies and documentation, the services available for children and their families, and the barriers and strengths regarding the prevention of child abuse and neglect. To get the survey link, please e-mail resources@ispcan.org.
  • 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.


  • Mental Health Awareness Training Grants, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), aim to prepare and train others on how to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders, particularly individuals with serious mental illness and/or serious emotional disturbance. Apply by June 8, 2018.
  • FY 2018 Comprehensive Services for Victims of All Forms of Human Trafficking, from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), will fund victim service providers with a demonstrated history of providing comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking; a sustained caseload of a large number of victims of human trafficking; is designed to strengthen the capacity of victim service providers who have experience serving victims of human trafficking and/or related populations but who currently have a limited capacity to implement the comprehensive services model. Apply by June 25, 2018.
  • FY 2018 Specialized Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance, from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), is seeking applicants to provide specialized training and technical assistance to victim service providers and court personnel to enhance their response to victims of human trafficking. Apply by June 27, 2018. 
  • FY 2018 Specialized Services for Victims of Human Trafficking, from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), aims to enhance the quality and quantity of specialized services available to assist victims of human trafficking, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended. OVC is interested in supporting programs that focus on one or more of these priority areas: 1) housing services, 2) economic and leadership empowerment and/or education services, 3) mental health services, 4) substance abuse services, and 5) legal services. Apply by June 27, 2018.
  • Flowers Fund Grants, from The Flowers Fund for Human Rights Education, is seeking applications with direct relevance to human rights education in the United States in areas such as research in human rights education (HRE), encouragement of emerging leadership, and innovative projects that expand the scope and understanding of HRE. Applications are due by June 30, 2018.
  • STEM + Computing K-12 Education (STEM+C), from the National Science Foundation, supports research and development that builds on evidence-based teacher preparation or professional development activities that enable teachers to provide excellent instruction on the integration of computation and STEM disciplines. Apply by July 2, 2018.
  • Diverse Democracy Grants, from Teaching Tolerance (TT), aims to help students become empowered voting advocates in their communities and encourage older high school students to register and vote. Awards range from $500 to $5,000 for classroom or school projects and up to $10,000 for projects on the district level. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 31, 2018.
  • 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

  • World Report 2018, from Human Rights Watch, is an expert analysis of human rights issues in more than 90 countries worldwide, drawing on events from late 2016 through November 2017.
  • Otherhood, a podcast from Public Radio International (PRI), was created by experienced journalist Rupa Shenoy, who worked with many immigrant children and developed interests in learning about their unique stories and perspectives. Otherhood is a platform to share different stories of first and second-generation immigrants. Episode are available free of charge on Apple podcasts.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Samira's Eid, The first sighting of the new moon marks the beginning of Eid and a day of celebration for Samira and her family. The Ramadan fast is over and now it is time for prayers and presents. Join Samira's family as they celebrate this Islamic festival with Muslims from all around the world. (Description from source) Available in multiple languages. Recommended for grades 1-4.
  • My Two Blankets, Cartwheel has arrived in a new country, and feels the loss of all she's ever known. She creates a safe place for herself under an 'old' blanket made out of memories and thoughts of home. As time goes on, Cartwheel begins to weave a 'new' blanket, one of friendship and a renewed sense of belonging. (Description from source) Recommended for grades 1-4.
  • Journey of the Sparrows, tells the story of fifteen-year-old Maria and her siblings as they endure a terrifying journey across the U.S. border and their desperation to escape the violence in their home country. Recommended for grades 3-7.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • How Local Voices Can Help Us Understand Refugee Integration, a podcast from Monitoring & Evaluation Technical Assistance (META),  spotlights the interesting approach of the https://www.refugeesintowns.org/ Refugees in Towns project, an initiative of the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University which promotes understanding of the migrant/refugee experience in urban settings in the US and around the world.
  • In Your City, from Refugee Center Online (RCO), is a database of resources, compiled specifically for newcomers, with information ranging from Resettlement Agency offices to free immigration services.
  • Professional Development and Job Readiness Training Courses, from Higher, are available free through their Online Learning Institute. Courses are designed for refugee employment staff and job readiness instructors and can be used for professional development or training for clients.

Child Welfare/Families

  • Age Assessment: Council of Europe Member States' Policies, Procedures and Practices Respectful of Children's Rights in the Context of Migration, from Council of Europe, is based on a survey conducted in 37 Council of Europe member states. The resource aims to provide a factual overview of the current situation in the member states and support the development of guidelines on age assessment that respect children's rights in the context of migration.
  • "Parental Perspectives on Parent–Child Conflict and Acculturation in Iranian Immigrants in California", from The Family Journal, explores the relationship between Iranian immigrant parents' acculturation and the level of conflict they experience with their U.S.-born children.
  • Immigrants in the Child Welfare System: Case Studies, from the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, provides guidance on how to navigate seven different scenarios in which children and their families may benefit from support services but face intersecting immigration and child welfare legal challenges. The analysis informs not only child welfare professionals including case workers, attorneys, and judges, but also immigration law professionals whose clients may interact with the state child welfare system.
  • Immigration Enforcement & the Child Welfare System, from the Immigration Legal Resource Center (ILRC), provides child welfare social workers with updates on immigration policy affecting children and families. The resource discusses how immigration enforcement impacts the child welfare system, describes protections that exist to help keep immigrant families intact, and provides resources for social workers to support and work more effectively with immigrant families. (Description from source)

Early Childhood


  • Approaches to Providing Psycho-social Support for Children, Teachers and Other School Staff, and Social and Emotional Learning for Children in Protracted Conflict Situations, from the UK Department for International Development, addresses the importance of providing psycho-social interventions to counter the impact of traumatization on children and youth's well-being and mental health, which can manifest in depression, shame, withdrawal or aggression. 
  • Literacy Centers for Multilingual Students, from Teaching Channel, is a video that highlights high school English language learner students developing key literacy skills. By participating in a centers-model, students build language skills through targeted instruction and opportunities for social interaction.
  • Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures, from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), examines the developmental progress and school success of English learners, from birth through grade 12, who live in homes in which a language other than English is spoken.
  • "How Relationships Matter for Refugee Students", from the American Educational Research Journal, analyzes the trajectories of Somali refugees who have been successful in their education and finds that while international aid is fundamental, it's part of a larger web of important supports. Close relationships with family, friends, and teachers, maintained both in-person and virtually, provide critical motivation and mentorship needed for academic success. (Description from source)
  • Letters of Hope, from Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), is a curriculum for middle and high schoolers that fills an urgent real time need as educators and youth locally and abroad struggle to fully understand how the crisis originated, how it impacts communities and how students globally can step into the role as human rights defenders in response to the situation. The program encourages the development of empathy and inquiry as students create a foundation on which to better understand human rights and the global refugee crisis.


Health/Mental Health

  • 'I Can Forgive Now': Evaluation Study of War Child's Psychosocial Support Intervention I Deal, from War Child, explores the outcomes that I DEAL achieves for children and the factors that influence the achievement of those outcomes to further inform and strengthen the intervention. I Deal is a life skills intervention for children (11-15 years) and young people (16-20 years) to better 'deal' with their daily lives.
  • "Multi-tier Mental Health Program for Refugee Youth", from the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, seeks to establish that refugee youths who receive a multi-tiered approach to services, would show high levels of engagement in treatment appropriate to their level of mental health distress, improvements in mental health symptoms, and a decrease in resource hardships.
  • One Year Later: Immigrant Trauma and How to Deal with It, from The Immigrant Learning Center (ILC), is a webinar conducted by legal experts, social workers, educators and social service providers coming together to explain the impact of trauma faced by immigrants, how immigration policies have changed this over the year, and best practices to work with clients facing this trauma.
  • Five Signs of Emotional Suffering in Nepali Language: A Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Toolkit, from the Campaign to Change Direction, aims to empower members of the Bhutanese Nepali community to address critical behavioral health issue, especially depression and suicidal ideation that has seriously impacted the community. This new resource includes culturally appropriate definitions, emoticons, and explanations of emotional suffering.

Female Genital Cutting (FGC)


  • Three-Day Lesson Plan:  The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers, from The Human Thread, are designed for use within K through 12 education, with additional materials for adult learners and moderators. The creation of these tools provides an on-going contribution to the formation of conscience in children and adults about our relationship with those who make our clothes.

Program Development

  • Research/Evaluation Roles and Responsibilities: 5 Steps for Productive Partnerships and a Useful Template, from Monitoring & Evaluation Technical Assistance (META), helps organizations build effective partnerships to ensure successful research. The tip sheet covers steps for establishing partnerships with external academic institutions while the mapping template clarifies roles and responsibilities for all those involved in the research.

  • 3 Steps for Developing Stronger Program Reports, a webinar from META, walks through three practical steps you can begin taking right away to improve your data collection and management practices. Watch the recording to learn ways to effectively communicate about your results, including through data visualization, in your program reports. You will also be able to explain why reporting should be considered one part of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for learning and action. (Description from source)