ORR Network Resources
The Department of Justice, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section continues its efforts to inform refugees, immigrants, and service providers of their mission to ensure that human rights violators do not find safe haven in the United States These multi-language brochures are available in English plus French/Spanish/Arabic, Amharic/Somali/Tigrinya, and Chinese/Burmese/Tamil.
The Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, has created a series of flyers, posters, and other materials on federal protections against immigration-related discrimination in the workplace. These helpful resources, tailored to refugees and asylees and employers who hire them are available in a variety of languages, including Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, French, Kayah, Nepali, Russian, Sgaw Karen, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, and Tigrinya. ORR and DOJ/OCS are working together to expand awareness of refugees' rights. Visit the Office of Special Council's Worker Information website for these and other helpful materials.
Heartland Alliance International, in partnership with ORR through the Rainbow Welcome Initiative technical assistance program, offers a new publication highlighting best practices in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) resettlement, A Rainbow Retrospective: Reflecting on Best Practices and Successes from the Field.
Download the report and other helpful information and resources from the Rainbow Welcome Initiative website.
BRYCS presents a new handbook on Raising Young Children in a New Country, available for download in English (with Arabic and Spanish translations coming soon). This illustrated guide addresses Family Well-Being, Safety and Protection, Guidance and Discipline, Healthy Brain Development, Early Learning and School Readiness, and Connecting to Early Care and Education, and builds on BRYCS' earlier publication, Raising Children in a New Country. Check out both, and more, at brycs.org.
USCIS offers a series of print and web materials to support its Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law Initiative, including ‘The Wrong Help Can Hurt’ video which highlights scams and how to avoid them. Additional materials—available in a number of languages—provide information on common scams and reporting; filing tips for immigration applications; help to find legal services, and how to become an authorized provider. Visit USCIS for more information and to download materials.
Healthy Roads Media is a resource for quality health information for refugees, presented in a variety of languages and formats. Browse their website for a list of their free publications and the languages in which they are available.
The Rainbow Welcome Initiative, part of Heartland Alliance International and ORR's Technical Assistance partner for LGBT refugees and asylees, offers a new publication, Rainbow Response: A Practical Guide to resettling LGBT refugees and asylees. Download it here, and visit the Rainbow Welcome Initiative site for more information and materials.
Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) released the 2013 edition of Welcome to the United States: A Guidebook for Refugees in March, with updated translations of the booklet soon to be made available in Arabic, Burmese, and Nepali. The DVD version is currently availalbe for streaming in Welcome DVD is available for video streaming in English, Arabic, Burmese, and Nepali; by the end of 2013, the DVD will also be available in Chin, French, Karen, and Somali translations. The 2007 version remains available online in multiple languages.
The International Rescue Committee’s Project SOAR provides technical assistance, including site visits, workshops, and telephone and e-mail consultations to ethnic community-based organizations serving refugees. IRC’s technical assistance focuses on resource development, financial management, board training, and capacity building so that organizations can improve the vital services they provide to refugees.
ISED Solutions, Inc. provides technical assistance to microenterprise development and individual development account (IDA) grantees. ISED’s technical assistance includes site visits, workshops, and telephone and e-mail consultations.
The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence (APIIDV) and the Battered Women's Justice Project announce their new publication, Islamic Marriage Contracts: A Resource Guide for Legal Professionals, Advocates, Imams, & Communities, written by Maha Alkhateeb for the Peaceful Families Project. For more information and extensive resources addressing domestic and gender-based violence prevention, be sure to visit the APIIDV website.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and ORR Technical Assistance provider Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center (RHTAC) have collaborated on an investigation into suicides that occured from 2009-2012 among Bhutanese resettled refugees in the U.S. Findings from this Epi-Aid are detailed in the report, An Investigation into Suicides among Bhutanese Refugees, also available on the RHTAC website. Additional information about suicide prevention may be found on the CDC website.
FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) has put together a program guide, Help After a Disaster, detailing FEMA's disaster assistance program, including how to apply for assistance. The guide is available for download in 20 different languages.
The Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) features multilingual health information for refugees and their health providers. Explore their database of health resources, many available in a variety of refugee languages.
BRYCS (Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services), a program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), supports service providers for refugee children, youth, and their families. BRYCS provides one-on-one consultations, training and conference presentations, and access to an extensive online clearinghouse focused specifically on migration and child welfare.
USCIS has launched the new Multilingual Resource Center.
This site serves as a hub for all USCIS materials offered in foreign languages, and features 13 newly translated “How Do I…” guides in Chinese. The guides are also available in Spanish via our USCIS Español site. Click here to visit the Multilingual Resource Center.
Download the guide in PDF
Lesson Plans for Group-Specific Videos
Asylee Eligibility for Resettlement Assistance
A guide by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) detailing benefits and services available to persons granted asylum in the U.S. (PDF 958KB)
New Toolkit for Community and Faith Based Service Providers
Sustaining Grassroots Community-Based Programs: A Toolkit for Community- and Faith-Based Service Providers.
This free toolkit from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is now available: (PDF 2.6MB)