What's New



August 2017
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Coming soon! The third installment of BRYCS Parenting Handbook series, Raising Teens in a New County: A Guide for the Whole Family, was created for parents and teens who are new to the U.S., and for the service providers working with them. Topics include belonging/cultural identity, discipline, bullying, dating, school engagement and more! Stay tuned for more information!
  • BRYCS Blog and Forum! Share. Collaborate. Build Capacity. Are you a service provider working with newcomer families? Share resources and learn from each other's experiences! Join the dialogue by posting a new comment or replying to an existing comment. We look forward to helping you build your capacity to empower immigrant children and their families! Check out BRYCS' latest blog, "Laughter and Trauma" discussing the important role laughter can play in helping clients heal from trauma.
  • New TA Question on BRYCS Blog! Join the discussion and help answer a question on resources for materials/tools to help teach students about immigrants and refugees.
  • New Promising Practice! My Voice-My School (MVMS), a project from the Qatar Foundation International, connects students in the U.S. and Europe with Palestinian refugees in UNRWA schools in the Middle East (Gaza, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria) to discuss the importance of education advocacy. Students start by exploring each other's lives, experiences, and aspirations, alongside an understanding of the global education context.
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EVENTS

  • The 29th Annual Crimes against Children Conference will take place August 7-10, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. This conference provides practical and interactive instruction to those fighting crimes against children and helping children heal. Sessions of particular interest to BRYCS network include Strategies for Engaging Families in Services, Prosecuting Human Trafficking Cases, Dealing with Difficult Victims in Human Trafficking Cases, INTERPOL and the Fight Against Global Child Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation in the United States, and Working with South Asian Victims and Their Families.
  • Newcomers in Your School: Cultural Connections and Instructional Strategies will take place August 8-9, 2017 in Washington, DC. This interactive two-day institute provides practical resources for building a welcoming environment, both socially and instructionally, for all students. The main focus on this institute is learning about cultural perspectives, influences, and key resources and how to adapt content instruction for newcomer students.
  • Journey to Resettlement: Refugee Experiences in Countries of Asylum, a BRYCS Webinar will take place August 16, 2017 at 1PM EST. If you encounter refugee families and children in your community, you may wonder what their lives were like just prior to arriving in the United States. What is it like to go to school in a refugee camp? How do urban refugees find work or medical care? What does the typical daily routine look like? Refugee resettlement is often a long process, and is a unique experience of hardship, triumph and hope. Those of us working with refugees in our communities may not always have the full picture of their life experiences. We often hear a glimpse of the story of flight from their country of origin and then focus on their resettlement experience in the United States. However, many refugees have spent months and years in a refugee camp or in an urban setting navigating systems of education and work and medical care and a new language in anticipation for a more durable solution. Join us for an opportunity to learn about these experiences from two former refugees, Paw Ku from Burma and Suhad Khudhair from Iraq, as they give us a glimpse into their stories of migration. 
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Assessment and Identification in Mentoring Programs Webinar will take place August 22, 2017 from 1:00-2:30 PM EDT. This webinar, from OJJDP, will explore indicators of commercial sexual exploitation and will walk through real-life scenarios to assess risk. It will also provide the tools and resources to integrate the assessment of commercial sexual exploitation into youth development programs.
  • Evaluation Skills for Sharing Successful Immigration Stories, an E-learning course from Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), will take place September 7, 2017 and October 4, 2017. The course contains vital information of interest to executive directors and program directors providing immigration legal services in addition to funders interested in supporting immigration.
  • The 14th annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, will take place September 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Organized by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., the Migration Policy Institute, and Georgetown University Law Center, this event will offer timely policy and legal analysis and discussion on immigration. Experts will examine sweeping changes to enforcement at the border and in the U.S. interior, legal challenges to executive orders, changes to refugee resettlement, and possible reform of the legal immigration system, among other topics.
  • The 2017 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference will take place October 11-13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The primary purpose of the conference is to advance the goals of CMS's Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII) which seeks to study, document and support a growing network of diverse Catholic institutions that are working successfully to advance immigrant integration, empowerment and well-being.
  • In Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity and Justice for Girls Conference will take place on October 11-13, 2017 in Washington, DC. The conference will focus on: understanding the root causes of trauma and discovering new pathways to well-being; exploring diverse and innovative ways to support health, economic security and civic engagement for girls; and catalyzing and strengthening the justice reform for girls' movement.
  • Save the Date! The National Immigrant Integration Conference will take place December 10-12, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference will address the most relevant topics in integration through program tracks and plenaries and will bring together the nation's best and brightest practitioners, researchers and stakeholders to strategize about immigrant integration and refugee resettlement.   

Call for Papers

  • 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

  • Safe Places to Play Grant, from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Grants are provided to support all aspects of the game from assisting programs with operational costs to creating Safe Places to Play. A letter of interest is due September 29, 2017.
  • The Captain Planet Foundation Grants support programs that provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth and serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools. Programs should inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities. Applications are due September 30, 2017.
  • Disney's Friends for Change Grants, award $500 grants to young change makers, ages 5-18, who are working to makes their communities healthier, greener, and stronger. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2017.
  • The Project Learning Tree Grant offers funding to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Applications are due September 30, 2017.
  • Grants from Grades K-5, from the Toshiba America Foundation, help support teachers' ideas for innovative hands-on projects for their classrooms and students. Projects must improve teaching and learning in science and mathematics. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2017.
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RESOURCES

Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • Forced to Flee Central America's Northern Triangle: A Neglected Humanitarian Crisis, a report from Doctors Without Borders, is based on surveys and medical programmatic data from the past two years at several mobile health clinics, migrant centers, and hostels across Mexico. This report provides stark evidence of the extreme levels of violence experienced by people fleeing from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, and underscores the need for adequate health care, support, and protection along the migration route through Mexico.
  • New! The Migrants and Refugees Section is a small action-oriented Vatican office personally directed by Pope Francis. This office aims to raise awareness and help support those who are forcibly displaced by conflict, natural disaster, persecution or extreme poverty; those who are making their difficult way to safety or are stuck; and those who fall victim to human trafficking.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Tangled Thread: A Hmong Girl's Story is about Mai's resettlement to the U.S. from a refugee camp in Thailand. The book follows Mai has she tries to make sense of her new life in the U.S. while still keeping parts of her native culture.
  • My Name is Yoon is about a young Korean girl trying to find her place in her new country by learning to write her name in English.
  • Haiti On My Mind: Stories by Haitian-American Teens is a collection of short essays by Haitian-American teens about their lives and bicultural identities. 

Cultural Orientation/Integration

Child Welfare/Families

Education

  • The Educational Rights of Immigrant Children, an archived webinar from the Leadership Conference Education Fund, provides background information on immigrant children in the U.S. and discusses the ways these children are affected by immigration policy. Additionally, the webinar discusses federal and civil rights protection for immigrant children in schools and resources and ideas for ways to support immigrant members of your community. The PowerPoint is available here.
  • "Social Justice Leadership for Iowa's K-12 Refugee Students", a chapter in Organization and Administration of Iowa Public and Private Schools, offers information and recommendations to successfully provide a welcoming environment for the refugee students and families across contexts.
  • What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?, from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), provides trainers with a curriculum to guide the professional development of classroom and ESL teachers who teach reading in classes where some or all of the students are English learners.

Youth

  • Roots, a short video from the Arab American Family Support Center (AAFSC), features immigrant teens who look into the challenges of peer pressure and the importance of staying true to oneself and one's identity.

Health/Mental Health

Female Genital Cutting (FGC)

Anti-Trafficking 

  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2017, from the U.S. Department of State, is the product of a yearlong effort requiring contributions and follow-up from employees in the U.S. and at diplomatic outposts across the globe, host country governments, and civil society. The report looks at conditions of slavery of children, women, and men around the world.

Program Development

  • "Integrating Social Services and Social Change: Lessons from an Immigrant Worker Center", from the Journal of Community Practice, examines how a new type of community organization (immigrant worker centers) is navigating the tension between social services and social action. The article finds that current conditions, particularly for vulnerable populations, favor a hybrid approach to community practice that acknowledges individual needs while also pressing for social change.
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