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This information guide, presented by Switchboard, defines and summarizes risk factors and indicators of child abuse, exploitation, and trafficking, both for general populations and specifically for newcomer children and youth. The guide also describes newcomer service providers’ role in supporting clients who are children or youth potentially facing these issues.

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Hosted on June 10th, 2024 the training was delivered by Freschta Naseri, a contributor to the Switchboard Digital Inclusion Program and a former coordinator for the team; Julie Heller, a Switchboard Digital Inclusion Program Manager; and Megan Rafferty, a Switchboard Training Officer for Mental Health and Wellness. This six-session series is designed to help service […]

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Hosted on June 6, 2024, the training was delivered by Caroline Dilts, LICSW, Refugee Program Manager at the Research Program for Children and Adversity at the Boston College School of Social Work; Rochelle Frounfelker, ScD, assistant professor in the College of Health at Lehigh University; Farhad Sharifi, MSW, recent Afghan evacuee who was initially at […]

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By leaning on protective factors, schools can help refugee students navigate traumatic stressors and recognize their unique strengths. In this blog, we will highlight five key protective factors school settings can deploy to support refugee students’ academic achievement and well-being.   1. Supportive Connections with Adults and Peers Positive relationships with both adults and peers are […]

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The Refugee Act established quarterly consultations (QCs) as a required and simple communication channel between state refugee coordinators and local resettlement agencies as part of the foundation for the refugee resettlement program. Over time, these consultations have evolved into dynamic gatherings that shape resettlement strategies—fostering collaboration and problem-solving, and envisioning a brighter future for refugees […]

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Hosted on May 30, 2024 the training was delivered by Maya Wahrman, MSW, LSW, (she/her), Switchboard Training Officer; Kansiime Shalom (they/them), resettlement caseworker at the International Rescue Committee; and, Craig M. Mortley, MSc, (he/him), emerging social worker-scholar. ​​ Many refugees and other newcomers who identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other identities) […]

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This podcast offers valuable resources, training, communities of practice, and programmatic assistance to programs funded by ORR and those serving ORR-eligible populations. This is part 2 of 4 digital inclusion episodes. In today’s episode, host Krysti Nellermoe explores the topic of digital inclusion, emphasizing how service providers can help new arrivals develop essential digital literacy […]

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Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) is a spectrum of support services available to refugee and newcomer clients. Services can range from broad social-emotional support, via wellness groups and creative activities, to clinical behavioral health interventions focused on reducing symptoms of mental illness. MHPSS services can be embedded in resettlement, integrated into health clinics, provided […]

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Housing stability is a crucial aspect of refugee resettlement. Resettlement agencies and case managers play a vital role in supporting newcomers to find secure and sustainable housing to help rebuild their lives and thrive in new communities. This toolkit is designed to equip resettlement agency professionals with the essential knowledge and skills needed to navigate […]

HIAS utilized private funding to develop and implement a Women’s Empowerment Program that equips women with the financial, emotional, and social management skills to succeed in their new communities. The program offered weekly group sessions, opportunities for peer mentorship, and financial assistance to support women’s efforts to address barriers to self-sufficiency and enhanced their capacities […]