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Hate incidents and hate crimes can have a negative impact on newcomers’ sense of safety and well-being and can erode their feelings of belonging in their new community. This blog post aims to support direct service staff who may be working with clients impacted by hate incidents and hate crimes. It also provides resources for […]

This checklist, created in partnership with the Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers, aims to guide conversations between case managers and clients to help newcomer parents prepare for the pre- and post-natal (postpartum) periods of pregnancy in the U.S. Even if someone has experienced pregnancy in another country, understanding the expectations, resources, and cultural norms specific […]

This resource, created in partnership with the Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers, is for service providers to reference with newcomers who will be giving birth in the U.S. Service providers should encourage clients to pack their hospital bag a few weeks prior to their due date, to ensure they have the supplies they need ready […]

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This resource summary summarizes the state of available evidence on anti-bullying programs and strategies for preventing ethnic victimization of refugee, newcomer, and immigrant youth. In addition to the many acculturative stressors that refugee and immigrant youth experience, ethnic bullying can exacerbate distress from resettlement and negatively impact mental health and wellbeing. This evidence summary describes […]

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Hosted on ​​Thursday, April 18, 2024, the training was delivered by Maya Wahrman, MSW, LSW, is a Switchboard Training Officer. Many refugee service providers are mandated reporters—they are required to report when they have a reasonable belief or know that a child or vulnerable adult has been abused, neglected, exploited, or abandoned. Yet some service providers […]

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Bullying is a pervasive issue in schools, affecting millions of children worldwide. Refugee students, already vulnerable due to displacement and trauma, face heightened risks of bullying. This guide aims to help community-based organizations, school staff, and resettlement agencies recognize bullying, understand why refugee populations are more vulnerable, and provide effective prevention and response strategies.

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There is strong evidence that therapeutic strategies grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) reduce mental health symptoms among unaccompanied refugee minors (URMs). ▪ Three systematic reviews, three scoping reviews, and five suggestive studies highlight the reduction of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma-related symptoms and other forms of mental health distress when interventions are grounded […]

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Refugee service providers play important roles in supporting newcomer clients’ safety and wellness. This includes being knowledgeable about mandatory reporting of abuse and neglect of children and vulnerable adults. This information guide explains what mandatory reporting entails—providing guidelines on who is considered a mandated reporter and how to make a mandated report. Because bias, cultural […]

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Hosted on March 20, 2024 the training was delivered by Madina Masumi, Switchboard Training Officer. Refugee and newcomer students are more likely to be bullied and may not understand how to effectively manage these situations, which could lead to further feelings of social isolation and stress. This webinar will focus on supporting refugee students who […]

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Hosted on February 26, 2024, the training was delivered by Dr. Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn, MD, MPH, an Attending Physician at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Children represent approximately 40% of all refugees globally, and about 10–15% of refugee children have significant medical conditions. Resettlement best practices for supporting children across the migration continuum—while the child is […]