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Published: November 14, 2014

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US DOJ sealThe 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.


Rainbow Retrospective: Best Practices for LGBT ResettlementHeartland 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.  


USCISUSCIS 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. 

Rainbow Welcome Initiative bannerThe 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. 

PFP guideThe 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



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.

USCIS Multilingual Resource Center logoUSCIS 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.


CLINICAsylee 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)

Rainbow Bridges: A Community Guide to Rebuilding the Lives of LGBTI Refugees and Asylum SeekersRainbow Bridges: A Community Guide to Rebuilding the Lives of LGBTI Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Published April 2012 by the Organization for Refugee Asylum and Migration Download the guide in PDF



BRYCS HandbookBRYCS 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

CAL COR logoCultural 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 Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center offers a selection of lesson plans designed for use in conjunction with the Bhutanese, Burmese, and Darfuri/African group-specific videos. Each selection of lesson plans (different for each group, and ranging from four to five in number) addresses topics commonly raised by the refugees interviewed in the video. Check them out on the COR/Center for Applied Linguistics website, at www.culturalorientation.net.

New resources in Domestic Service Providers toolkit
The Cultural Orientation Resource Center is pleased to announce a variety of new resources in its Domestic Service Providers toolkit, including materials produced by the COR Center or provided by local resettlement agencies on topics such as early employment, secondary migration, employment and job readiness, transportation, housekeeping, preventative health, and so on.

These documents join others previously posted, to total nearly 100 ready-to-use items in the Lesson Plans and Promising Practices section of the toolkit, as well as the many Program Development Resources, in the categories of Tools for Trainers, Staff Training, Program Descriptions, and Outreach.

BRYCSBRYCS (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.

Project SOARThe 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.


Healthy Roads MediaHealthy 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.

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human RightsHeartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights

Through their Rainbow Welcome Initiative, Heartland Alliance is working to create resource materials, trainings, and recommendations specific to developing the network’s capacity to meet the resettlement needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) refugees and asylees, including the establishment of pilot projects at a few selected, geographically-diverse sites.

Refugee Health Technical Assistance CenterRefugee Health Technical Assistance Center

The Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center (RHTAC) is the Technical Assistance (TA) provider dedicated to improving the well-being of refugees to aid in their long term integration in the US. The primary audience for RHTAC is refugee health providers, public health programs and mainstream health and mental health providers, to improve health and well-being within refugee communities.

RHTACThe 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.

RHIN logoThe 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.


SAMHSA logoNew 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)

Economic Development and Employment

If you have the right to work, don't let anyone take it away from you.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.