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April 2018
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Raising Teens in a New Country: A Guide for the Whole Family was created for parents and teens who are new to the United States, and for the service providers working with them. This guide covers topics that often come up in families raising teenagers in the United States (such as cultural identity, dating & discipline) and reminds newcomers that every parent worries for their children and most teens face these challenges. Additionally, the BRYCS free interactive online training module is a convenient way for parents and teens to start conversations and learn more about each other.
  • BRYCS Blog and Forum! Check out BRYCS' latest blog, "What Now? Post-High School, College & Career Readiness for Refugee Youth", which offers some tips for helping newcomer students make decisions about life after high school. A supplemental highlighted resource list includes information college preparation, career and workplace readiness, financial aid, and specific information for undocumented students.
  • New Promising Practice! Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington's Migration and Refugee Services, works to create and strengthen partnerships with parishes and increase parishioners' understanding of refugees and their unique needs.
  • Refugee Interviews FAQ, from the Catholic Legal Information Network, Inc. (CLINIC), was developed in response to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) sending interview notices to certain refugees who have been resettled in the United States. This is a developing situation, and CLINIC plans to update these FAQs with new information as it arises.
  • April is National Minority Health Month! This year's theme is Partnering for Health Equity. More information regarding related news and events available here.
  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Communities and families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being. BRYCS has many resources on child welfare and guides on how to prevent child abuse.
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EVENTS

  • The 16th Annual Freedom Network USA Human Trafficking Conference will be held on April 4 – 5, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. This conference provides the opportunity to speak with experts from around the country, learn new skills, be inspired by ideas, and walk away connected, informed, and better equipped to address the issue of human trafficking in your community.
  • The Intercultural Development Research Association's (IDRA) annual La Semana del Niño Bilingual Parent Institute will take place April 6, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Theinstitute offers families, school district personnel and community groups from across the country the opportunity to network, obtain resources and information, and receive training and bilingual materials on IDRA's nationally-recognized research based model for parent leadership in education. This institute is interactive and participatory. All presentations are bilingual (English-Spanish).
  • Youth on the Move: Reframing and Representing Youth Migration, will take place April 11-13, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. This interdisciplinary workshop and conference seeks to unite emerging and established scholars and practitioners to investigate both the conceptual and territorial migration of children and youth across diverse contexts. The event aims to critically engage and explore the following questions: How and why do young people circulate? What social, political, or religious networks are used to help facilitate their movement? How are young people on the move represented in the media and in scholarship? And how do they, in turn, represent themselves?
  • Responding to Early Childhood Education and Care Needs of Children of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Europe and North America, a webinar from Migration Policy Institute (MPI), takes places on April 12, 2018 at 11am EST. The webinar marks the release of their new report examining the challenges and successes major host countries in Europe and North America are experiencing in providing high-quality education services. The authors will discuss the report's findings, highlighting promising policies and practices identified in field research.
  • Preventing and Responding to Abuse as a Religious Leader, will take place April 28-29, 2018 in Lanham, Maryland.  This training is meant for imams & chaplains who are sensitive to the existence of domestic violence among Muslim communities, like other faith groups, and hope to become vocal catalysts for anti-abuse advocacy.
  • The Ethiopian Community Development Council's (ECDC) 24th Annual National Conference will take place April 18-19, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. This year's theme "U.S. Refugee Protection: Reflecting on the Past and Preparing for the Future", aims to enhance public awareness of and support for refugee and immigrant needs, to strengthen resettlement programs and services, and to promote cultural and socio-economic initiatives that help newcomers integrate into their communities. USCCB's Children Services will be presenting on 'Meeting the Unique Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Youth' featuring BRYCS' Raising Teens in a New Country: A Guide for the Whole Family.
  • The 39th Annual Meeting Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture will take place April 19-21, 2018 in San Diego, California. The conference explores the implicit definitions of culture that are being used in current mental health research and practice.
  • Child Welfare League of America's (CWLA) 2018 National Conference, "Advancing Excellence in Practice and Policy: Building Resilience in Changing Times", will take place April 26-29, 2018 in Washington, DC. The conference will focus on evidence-informed/based programs and practices, and related policies and tools that lead to successful implementation of practices, services, and programs.
  • The 13th Annual Global Health Course, from the University of Minnesota's Department of Medicine, will take place May 7 - June 1, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and online. The course provides intensive training that is ideal for any physician or healthcare provider who serves a global mobile population, such as immigrants, refugees, or international travelers.
  • Digital Storytelling and Advocacy: How Stories Can Support Progressive Change, from StoryCenter, is a free one-hour webinar for organizations considering the use of digital storytelling as an advocacy tool. The webinar will define "advocacy," with an eye towards clarifying what kinds of stories are effective at community, institutional, and policy levels. It will also highlight research on the role that sharing and listening to personal stories can play in advocacy and present case study examples of how StoryCenter has positioned digital storytelling as a key advocacy strategy. Upcoming dates: May 23, 2018 and October 24, 2018.
  • The 20th International Conference on Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse will take place May 24-25, 2018 in Montreal Canada. The conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse.
  • The 2nd International Expert Meeting on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Sharing Data and Experiences, Improving Collaboration will take place May 28-29, 2018 in Montreal, Canada. The meeting will focus on prevention, safeguarding, trials and child care, medical, legal and social issues, and good practices and research.
  • 19th Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held May 30 – June 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. The 2018 conference will continue to focus on programs, policies, and services that support low-income and vulnerable families on the path to economic self-sufficiency, as well as child and youth well-being and strengthening families.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2018 North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC) is being held June 7-9, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.The call for abstracts, workshops, and panel discussions is now open. Categories include Mental Health, Models of Care, Pediatrics, Vaccines, Community, Education/Research, Advocacy, Screening, Chronic Disease, Infectious Disease, or Nutrition and Body. The submission deadline is March 1, 2018.
  • The Family Focused Treatment Association’s 32nd Annual Conference will be held July 8-11, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The FFTA Conference Committee is interested in receiving proposals for advanced-level workshops on topics of culturally responsive practice – cultural awareness, racial and ethnic disproportionality and disparities, and programs geared toward specific populations –such as immigrants and sex trafficking victims. Proposals are due by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
  • 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. The submission deadline is March 8, 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.
  • 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

  • Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Research Scholars Grants, from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), aims to build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have direct implications for child care policy decision-making and program administration, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. Apply by April 2, 2018.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment for Children and Adolescents, from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, aims to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12-18), transitional aged youth (ages 16-25), and their families/primary caregivers with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. Applicants will be expected to identify and reduce differences in access, service use, and outcomes of services among females and racial and ethnic minority populations to address health disparities. Apply by April 10, 2018.
  • Community Collaborations to Strengthen Family Connections, from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), aims to implement a multi-system approach among public and private agencies integrating community and faith-based to promote effective partnerships; develop or enhance a navigator program to meet caregivers own needs and the needs of the children they are raising; utilize intensive family-finding activities, effective family engagement, and other means to identify biological family members for the target population to create a greater volume of relationships and connectedness within their families and establish permanent family placements. Apply by April 13, 2018.
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates Membership, Accreditation, and Subgrants Program and Training and Technical Assistance, seeks to ensure that court-appointed special advocates are available to all victims of child abuse or neglect and that they receive high quality representation in dependency court hearings. Apply by April 23, 2018. 
  • Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Training Program, from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), aims to establish and enhance nutrition centers of excellence to improve access to comprehensive, community-based, nutrition-centered, and culturally competent coordinated care by increasing the availability of practitioners trained in MCH nutrition that are able to meet the needs of MCH populations. Apply by May 7, 2018.
  • Refugee Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program, from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), provides funds to establish and manage Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) for low-income refugee participants. Eligible refugee participants who enroll in these projects will open and contribute systematically to IDAs for specified Savings Goals, including home ownership, business capitalization, vehicles for educational or work purposes, professional certification, and education. Apply by May 15, 2018.
  • Refugee Family Child Care Microenterprise Development Program, from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), provides refugee participants with training and technical assistance in professional child care, microenterprise development, and financial literacy. The grant aims to assist refugee participants in navigating the child care licensing process and provide direct financial assistance as needed to enable participants to prepare their homes for child care business operation. Apply by May 15, 2018.
  • Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program, from the Administration for Children & Families (ACF), funds projects to implement sexual risk avoidance education that teaches participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity. SRAE Programs also teach the benefits associated with self-regulation, success sequencing for poverty prevention, healthy relationships, goal setting, and resisting sexual coercion, dating violence, and other youth risk behaviors such as underage drinking or illicit drug use without normalizing teen sexual activity. The services are targeted to participants that reside in areas with high rates of teen births and/or are at greatest risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Apply by May 25, 2018.
  • Youth Violence Prevention Interventions that Incorporate Racism/Discrimination Prevention, from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), aims support research to develop and test youth violence prevention interventions that incorporate racism/discrimination prevention strategies for one or more health disparity populations. The target age range includes middle school to high school-aged youth, corresponding to an approximate age range of 11 to 18. Apply by May 25, 2018.
  • 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.
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RESOURCES

Migration & Resettlement Awareness

  • Children on the Move: Key Facts and Figures, a data brief from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), presents key facts and figures about the millions of children that have migrated across borders or have been forcibly displaced and the numbers behind UNICEF's 6 Agenda for Children on the Move.
  • The Rohingya Crisis: Backgrounder, from the Council on Foreign Relations, provides information on the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group. Hundreds of thousands have fled persecution in Myanmar's western Rakhine State, fueling a historic migration crisis. The resource discusses the causes and responses to their migration.

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • Alfredito Flies Home, illustrates Alfredito's family as they prepare to return to their old home in El Salvador for Christmas, their first time back since they left as refugees. But they will make this trip on a plane; the first time any of them has ever flown. The excitement mounts as they drive to the airport, but the greatest moment of all is when they finally arrive and their beloved relatives meet them. The smells, the food, the new puppies, the familiar plants and flowers fill Alfredito's heart with a sense of belonging and joy. Recommend for ages 4-9.
  • Stories of Asylum Seekers, tells fourteen people's true stories of courage and heroism in the face of persecution and disaster as they seek asylum. Recommended for grades 4-6.
  • A Little Piece of Ground, tells the story of 12 year old Karim Aboudi and his family who are trapped in their Ramallah home by a strict curfew during a Palestinian siege. Karim longs to play football with his friends. When the curfew ends, he and his friend discover an unused patch of ground that's the perfect site for a football pitch. But in this city, there's constant danger, even for schoolboys. And when Israeli soldiers find Karim outside during the next curfew, it seems impossible that he will survive. Recommended for grades 4-6.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Settle In: A Cultural Orientation Mobile App for Refugees, from the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE), is digital resource for refugees to use during their resettlement journey to the United States. Through short videos and interactive lessons, refugees can learn about a wide range of pre- and post-arrival Cultural Orientation topics and access valuable information on Resettlement Agency assistance, housing provisions, looking for a job, and more. The app is currently available for free download in English and Arabic.

Child Welfare/Families

Early Childhood

Education

Youth

  • "Being a Refugee University Student: A Collaborative Auto-ethnography," from the Journal of Refugee Studies, explores the experiences of one refugee university student. The author's accounts provide deep descriptions of his life while studying at three different United Kingdom universities. Research illuminates how his past as a survivor of genocide and forced migration, his corrosive and supportive relationships, all intersected in complex ways to circumscribe his agency and inform his experience as a refugee student. (Description from source)

Health/Mental Health

  • Integrative Healthcare Settings, an information guide from the National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT), discusses common components and structures included in approaches to integration, demonstrates the benefits to community stakeholders of integrating mental and primary healthcare, and explains the potential implications of a lack of integration. (Description from source)
  • Singing to the Lions: A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Violence in Our Lives, from Catholic Relief Services (CRS), is a facilitator's guide for a workshop that helps children and youth lessen the impact of violence and abuse in their lives. Participants learn skills that can help them transform their lives and no longer feel dominated by fear. A supplement and data entry sheet, which are intended to be used with the guide, as well as Spanish and French translations, are available for download. (Description from source)
  • "Addressing Health Disparities in the Mental Health of Refugee Children and Adolescents Through Community-Based Participatory Research: A Study in 2 Communities," from The American Journal of Public Health, considers the problems, strengths, and help-seeking behaviors of Somali Bantu and Bhutanese refugees. The study also examined local expressions of mental health problems among youths in both communities.
  • Mental Health Promotion, a web guide from Caring for Kids New to Canada, offers tips and information on mental health promotion for health professionals working with refugee and immigrant children and youth.  Providers can learn more about risk and protective factors, facilitating access to care, and providing culturally-appropriate care.
  • Refugee Wellness Guide on the Rohingya, from the National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT), contains tips for service providers working with the Rohingya population, as well as a mental health profile and information on traditional and alternative interventions.

Female Genital Cutting (FGC)

Anti-Trafficking 

  • The Life Story: Moments of Change, a video project from The NoVo Foundation, shines a light on the experiences of human trafficking survivors in the United States, elevates their voices and highlights opportunity for change at different moments throughout a lifetime. A video focused on the experiences of immigrant women and girls who have survived sexual exploitation and abuse is also included.

Program Development

  • MyCOM, the My City of Migration Diagnostic, from Cities of Migration, was designed to help you assess the quality of inclusion in your city: at work, at school, on election day, in health and as a new arrival. Build a custom profile of your city's strengths and weaknesses across 10 dimensions of inclusion. Find out how your city measures up.

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