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On this page you will find educational resources surrounding local, national, and global topics of refugees, immigrants, and forced displacement.
Call Your Members of Congress
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN] and I urge you to protect refugees and rebuild the U.S. refugee resettlement program by cosponsoring the GRACE Act (S.1088/H.R.2146).”
CWS Lancaster Annual Program Reports
United States Refugee Resettlement Program
Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), a coalition of 25 U.S.-based non-governmental organizations, is dedicated to refugee protection, welcome, and excellence in the U.S. refugee resettlement program.
The mission of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is to provide protection, ease suffering, and resolve the plight of persecuted and uprooted people around the world on behalf of the American people by providing life-sustaining assistance, working through multilateral systems to build global partnerships, promoting best practices in humanitarian response, and ensuring that humanitarian principles are thoroughly integrated into U.S. foreign and national security policy.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides new populations with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the United States. Their programs provide people in need with critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society
‘New Americans in Lancaster’
Did you know that in 2014, foreign-born residents contributed $1.3B to the GDP of Lancaster County?
Take a look at this local report to learn more!
Global Forced Displacement
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
‘UNHCR Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2019’
Each year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees releases a new report highlighting world facts and figures. Here is the Global Trends report about Forced Displacement in 2019.
In providing technical assistance and maintaining the nation’s largest online collection of resources related to refugee and immigrant children and families, BRYCS facilitates information sharing and collaboration among a diverse group of service providers, including child welfare, schools, refugee resettlement agencies, and ethnic and community-based organizations.
CAL has been a leader in refugee education and orientation since 1975. They have been helping immigrant and refugee newcomers understand fundamental aspects of life in the United States, as well as helping service providers and other interested parties understand the backgrounds, cultures, and linguistic heritage of the new members of their communities.
‘Involving Refugee Parents in their Children’s Education’
BRYCS provides good recommendations on how to involve refugee parents in their children’s education. Take a look at their spotlight and take note of their school toolkit on their website.