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Switchboard logoSwitchboard Visit disclaimer page is a one-stop resource hub for refugee service providers. Switchboard engages a network of subject matter experts to provide tools and materials, learning opportunities, research, and technical assistance on resettlement-related topics, including employment, education, health, and monitoring and evaluation.

FTC Scam Protection Portal logoThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers practical guides and information to avoid scams that target refugees and other new populations.  Visit their online portal Visit disclaimer page for downloadable guides, fact sheets, and where to find help when you need it.  Resources are available in multiple languages.

US DOJ sealThe Department of Justice, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section Visit disclaimer page 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 (PDF) Visit disclaimer page , and Chinese/Burmese/Tamil (PDF) Visit disclaimer page  and Portuguese/Swahili/Kinyarwanda (PDF) Visit disclaimer page .

USCISUSCIS offers a series of  print and web materials Visit disclaimer page to support its Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law Initiative Visit disclaimer page , 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 Visit disclaimer page for more information and to download materials. 


FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) Visit disclaimer page has put together a program guide, Help After a Disaster Visit disclaimer page , 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 Visit disclaimer page 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 (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 (PDF) Visit disclaimer page



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Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) aims to strengthen the capacity of refugee-serving and mainstream organizations across the U.S. to empower and ensure the successful development of refugee children, youth, and their families.

Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE)Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE)
CORE is a technical assistance program designed to strengthen linkages between Cultural Orientation (CO) programs and staff working at Resettlement Support Centers overseas and at national Resettlement Agencies and their affiliates in the United States. The goal of preparing refugees to navigate an unfamiliar landscape, society, and culture is one shared by many individuals and organizations. CORE provides responsive, practical, and timely information, and comprehensive resource materials to domestic and overseas CO providers as well as the many others welcoming refugees into their communities. Resources include population specific backgrounder documents, fact sheets, informative videos, comprehensive CO curricula and student handbooks (available in a number of languages), as well as online learning opportunities and other materials. To find out more about newly available resources, as well as upcoming workshops, webinars, and other events, please visit the site and subscribe to CORE’s eNewsletter, the CORE Connection.

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Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong.

Health and Mental Health

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The Center for Victims of Torture’s (CVT) National Capacity Building Project Visit disclaimer page (NCB) offers resources, training, and consultations designed to build clinical and management capacity for torture rehabilitation centers and other organizations serving survivors of torture. NCB’s www.healtorture.org Visit disclaimer page website includes information on webinars, CVT’s annual institute, and online courses, as well as publications, and a map of U.S. based centers.


HealthReach logoHealthReach Visit disclaimer page features a searchable database of health and mental health resources in many different languages.  The resources include information about the potential health conditions and cultural experiences of refugees and asylees, which may be of interest to both displaced individuals and their health care providers.

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 Visit disclaimer page , 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.

Pathways to Wellness logoPathways to Wellness Visit disclaimer page offers resources to identify depression, anxiety, and traumatic stress in refugees and connect them to the care they need to heal.  It also trains mental health providers how to effectively deliver services to refugee populations, and partners with refugee communities to better understand and address mental health issues.  Resources include the Refugee Health Screener-15 (RHS-15), a screening tool which measures symptoms of depression and anxiety, an ORR-sponsored webinar Visit disclaimer page  on promoting emotional wellness through adjustment support groups.


The Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center Visit disclaimer page (RHTAC) provides resources with information on access to care, physical and mental health, suicide prevention, and community dialogue.  RHTAC collaborated with the CDC on An Investigation into Suicides Among Bhutanese Refugees.  Findings from the report, are available on the RHTAC Visit disclaimer page website.  Additional information about suicide prevention may be found on the CDC Visit disclaimer page website.

National Partnership for Community Training logoGulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services’ National Partnership for Community Training Visit disclaimer page provides community needs assessments and trainings on refugee mental health. The resources on their website include request for technical assistance, webinar and distance learning information, archived webinars, and country guides.

SAMHSA logoFind a SAMHSA grantee Visit disclaimer page working on mental health service, substance abuse prevention, and substance abuse treatment in all 50 states. In addition, the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health website features the Health and Wellness program Visit disclaimer page which includes information about wellness strategies, Mental Health First Aid, Whole Health Action Management, smoking cessation, and spirituality in Healthcare. The website also provides information on integrating behavioral health and primary care through Integrated Care Models Visit disclaimer page .

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 Visit disclaimer page , 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 Visit disclaimer page for these and other helpful materials.

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Higher nurtured welcoming communities in their efforts to help refugees gain economic stability and create opportunities to fully participate in the American dream. Higher provided training, mentoring, and employer outreach to voluntary agencies and other community-based organizations engaged in local employment services delivery.

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