What's New

October 2018


  • International Day of the Girl is October 11th! This year's theme is "EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict".
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! This month help raise awareness about domestic violence and join in efforts to end violence. Both BRYCS and USCCB have created useful resources for victims and the many service providers that help to support them.
  • October is Bilingual Child Month! Take this opportunity to recognize the many children who speak two or more languages and understand multiple cultures.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month continues until October 15th! Explore resources to celebrate influential figures and Hispanic cultures in the classroom.
  • Johns Hopkins University is conducting a research study to develop and test a culturally adapted safety decision aid for immigrant or refugee women, accessible via internet or smartphone. They are currently seeking foreign born immigrant or refugee women to participate in a study that will inform a culturally adapted safety tool. The tool assesses a woman's level of danger in her intimate partner relationship and provides a tailored safety action plan based on the priorities of the woman. 


  • The 15th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference takes place Monday, October 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. This annual conference, organized by the Migration Policy Institute, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and Georgetown University Law Center, features policy and legal analysis and discussion of the most important immigration topics from leading government officials, attorneys, researchers, and advocates.
  • The 6th Annual Safe & Together Conference takes place October 3-5, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. This year's conference will bring together professionals from around world to focus on Adult survivors' protective capacities as parents, children exposed to domestic violence, and working with men as parents.
  • The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) annual academic and policy symposium takes place on October 9, 2018 in New York, New York. Leading scholars, policy experts, and practitioners will examine citizenship in an era of record migration and growing nationalism.
  • The 23rd Annual School Mental Health Conference on Advancing School Mental Health takes place October 11-13, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Justice for Immigrants (JFI) 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 (NIIC) 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

  • The 11th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference is scheduled for April 4–6, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. This year's theme, "Putting in The Work: Service and Advocacy for Mental Health in Muslim Communities", will bring together faith leaders, health care providers and researchers to examine topics related to mental health across the American Muslim community. The Call for Proposals deadline is October 15, 2018.
  • The World Conference on Statelessness and Inclusion will be held June 26-28, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. Attendees will meet to critically assess and formulate responses on statelessness in the world today. The conference will provide a forum to explore and discuss statelessness related research, policy and advocacy; shape the strategic direction of the field; find creative ways respond and forge collaborations to achieve change. The Call for Proposals deadline is October 15, 2018.
  • Forced Migration Review is seeking contributions for their issue focusing on "Education: Needs, Rights and Access in Displacement." The editors are looking for policy and practice-oriented submissions, reflecting a diverse range of experience and opinions. The deadline to submit is October 15, 2018.
  • CWLA is accepting proposal submissions for short round table presentations at a special post-conference session immediately following the CWLA 2019 National Conference in April 2019. The theme of the special session is to explore how a global perspective can support the transition to more inclusive, family-centered models and service designs that are aligned with the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare as well as the goals of the Family First Prevention Services Act. The submission deadline is October 31.
  • 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.


  • Reaching Victims Mini-Grant program, will fund up to 10 projects, with awards up to $50,000, that seek to better identify, reach, and/or serve victims from communities that are frequently underrepresented in healing services and avenues to justice. Applications are due by October 12, 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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

For Refugee/Immigrant Children & Youth

  • My Name is not Refugee, follows one little boy's journey with his mother from their home in an unspecified war-torn country to a safe haven far away. It tackles the uncertainty, worry, exhaustion and boredom of life for refugee children and celebrates the bond between parent and child. (Description from source) Recommended for ages 3-6.
  • The Only Road, tells the story of twelve-year-old Jaime who makes the treacherous and life-changing journey from his home in Guatemala to live with his older brother in the U.S. Inspired by true events, this is an individual story of a boy who feels that leaving his home and risking everything is his only chance for a better life. Recommended for ages 8-12.
  • Abuelita Rosalita (Grandma Rosa), is about a caregiver who opens Anna and Adam's world to the colorful traditions of the Dominican Republic and teaches them about family and friendship. Recommended for ages 8-12.

Cultural Orientation/Integration

  • Job Readiness Curriculum, from Higher, seeks to improve clients' abilities to obtain and maintain gainful employment by helping staff, interns, and volunteers lead job readiness courses confidently. The curriculum includes 10 interactive chapters on identifying skills, resume creation, networking, interviewing, financial literacy, applying for jobs, workers' rights, and more!
  • The RefAid mobile app shows migrants, refugees and those who help them where to find services in their area. The app allows trusted aid organizations to manage and update their services and to get critical aid to where it is most urgently needed.
  • Be Safe After a Hurricane, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offers safety protocols and information in 11 refugee languages.
  • Moving to the United States: Programs to Support Refugee Self-Sufficiency, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), highlights projects that encourage self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, and eliminate barriers to economic opportunity. The article profiles World Relief Seattle's six-week sewing and vocational English language class for recently resettled refugee women.
  • Emergency Preparedness Booklet, from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR/ACF), introduces refugees to the types of disasters that occur in the United States as well as what to do during them and how to be prepared. The resource is available in 15 languages.
  • Welcoming Refugees in Rural Communities: Promising Examples from the Field, from Welcoming America, profiles four rural initiatives there are successfully bringing together receiving community residents and refugees and demonstrating what is possible when all residents are connected, supported, and involved.

Child Welfare/Families

  • Barriers to Traumatic Stress Screening in Child Welfare, from the University of Minnesota, explores common barriers to identifying children exposed to trauma and strategies to overcome them. Many children entering the child welfare system have been exposed to traumatizing events or situations that can have profound adverse effects, making identification in a timely manner crucial.
  • ARC Reflections Training Program, from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a nine-session program that child welfare agencies can use to train foster parents to better care for children who have had traumatic experiences.
  • This practice advisory, intended for service providers, gives an update on the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and how to counsel clients. It includes information on the current status of the DACA program, what to tell clients, factors to consider in deciding when and if to renew DACA, and ideas for what people should do now if they have never had DACA.
  • Mapping Out Legal Services for Separated Families, from the American Bar Association and KIND, provides a critical link between the social services organizations working with separated families and the immigration legal service providers throughout the country that have affirmatively expressed capacity to provide free legal service to those families. If your organization is not listed here and you have the capacity to provide free legal services for separated families, you can complete this survey.
  • "Supporting Children and Parents Affected by the Trauma of Separation", from Child Trends, calls attention to the support of immigrant families who have been negatively affected by the trauma of separation, and who will likely continue to experience considerable adversity in the future, even if reunited with their loved ones.

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Health/Mental Health

Female Genital Cutting (FGC)


Program Development

  • 3 Steps for Developing Stronger Program Reports, a webinar from Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Assistance (META), walks through three practical steps to improve data collection and management practices. Watch the recording to learn ways to effectively communicate results, including data visualization, in program reports. Learn how to explain why reporting should be considered one part of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for learning and action. (Description from source)

  • Building Meaningful Contact: A How-To Guide, from Welcoming America, explores lessons learned from promising models for contact building from across the United States, and delves deeper into a series of activities that the nonprofit Welcoming Michigan conducted in Macomb County, Michigan. (Description from source)