What is a Refugee? (including what refugee families may have faced, and cultural considerations when working with refugees)
About Refugee Stress
About Traumatic Stress
About Suicide and Refugee Children and Adolescents (including risk, protective factors, and screening)
Use the Assessment Tool (including an overview and then more information on the four core stressors: Trauma, Acculturation, Resettlement, and Isolation)
Resources on Working with Unaccompanied and Immigrant Minors from NCTSN
In addition to its Refugee Services Toolkit, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed a new compilation of resources on Working with Unaccompanied and Immigrant Minors. “Not only during their journey but also on arriving at their destination, immigrant youth experience traumatic events related to war or persecution, abuse, trafficking, and vio-lence which may affect their mental and physical health. If you are working with youth who have found their way to the States without the presence of a caregiver, we hope you will find this page beneficial. We will add more resources as they become available.”
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
August 2014 eBulletin
More on working with unaccompanied minors and other youth-related resources, from BRYCS
BRYCS (Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services) has released an August bulletin including information about a number of resources, including the BRYCS publications, Highlighted Resources for Working with Unaccompanied Minors, Keeping Safe! Children’s Bilingual Guide, and Keeping Safe! A Teen Bilingual Guide, as well as events and funding opportunities. See the bulletin or see the BRYCS webpage at http://www.brycs.org/.
Reconnecting Families inquiry system
The American Red Cross would like to make readers aware of the new public inquiry system on the American Red Cross Reconnecting Families webpage. The Reconnecting Families team works to restore communication between families who have been separated due to war, disaster or migration. See the link to the webpage and the link to the new public inquiry. The inquiry page allows the public to submit questions, requests or concerns directly to our staff. It is a great way for people to ask about our services.
International Reconnecting Families
American Red Cross
Fraud to rob refugees of personal data
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) would like to warn you of a new fraud scheme to rob refugees of personal data, which can be used to commit identity theft.
Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC), an ORR grantee from Iowa, reports that last week some of their clients were visited by two men claiming to be cell phone company representatives. These men went door to door asking refugee families for their social security numbers, Medicaid numbers, and dates of birth, promising them free cell phones in return.
ORR urges you to be aware that there are several criminals seeking to take advantage of newly arrived refugees who may not realize the need to protect their personal information from thieves and other criminals. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is following scam attempts such as these, and encourages anyone contacted with similar scams to report them through the FTC website. Their recently published Consumer Alert provides valuable tips on how to avoid being victimized, and what to do in case you are contacted. They have also set up a new web page, Avoiding Scams Against Immigrants, with information and materials in several languages.
How can you avoid scams like this?
• Do not give important personal information – or money – to someone you don’t know or to someone who contacts you unexpectedly.
• Do not give your personal or financial information to unknown persons who seek payment or ask for charitable contributions. Providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
• Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages. • Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as officials asking for payments or donations, door-to-door, or by phone, mail, e-mail, or social networking sites.
• If you are a refugee and are contacted like this, talk to the case manager at your resettlement agency immediately. Then report it to the Federal Trade Commission online or at 1-877-FTC-HELP. Information courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission, FTC Consumer Alert
Resettled refugees are once again advised to consult with their local resettlement agencies if someone claiming to represent the government contacts them, especially if there are promises of cash or prizes. If these scammers come to your home, report the incident to your local police. Please spread the warning about these scams.
Refugee Discussion is supported by funding from the Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). The contents do not necessarily represent the policies of that agency and the reader should not assume endorsement by the federal government.