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American Immigration Lawyers Association

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

Website: http://www.aila.org/

Better Business Bureau
The mission of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust.

Website: http://wynco.bbb.org/

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Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) is the Office of Refugee Resettlement's national technical assistance provider on refugee child welfare. BRYCS assists service providers from refugee resettlement agencies, mainstream service agencies, such as child welfare and schools, and ethnic community based organizations. BRYCS provides individual consultations, trainings, and conference presentations on topics related to serving refugee children and families. In addition, BRYCS authors publications and maintains a Clearinghouse of thousands of resources

Website: http://brycs.org//

Center for Applied Linguistics
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of research-based information, tools, and resources related to language and culture. CAL carries out a wide range of activities to accomplish its mission of improving communication through better understanding of language and culture. This website includes culture profiles to promote understanding of new refugee populations. Culture profiles provide short introductions to the history and the cultural background of refugee populations and are a valuable resource for service providers, employers, educators, and others interested in learning more about other cultures. This website also includes Refugee Backgrounders which provide key information about new refugee groups for U.S. resettlement workers but in a smaller digest format. Some of the publications are free to download; some are available at a small cost.

Website: http://www.cal.org/

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is a statewide alliance of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community and ally organizations founded in 2002 to defend and advance justice for all immigrants and refugees in Colorado and the United States. CIRC achieves this mission through capacity building for member organizations, broad-based strategic alliances, civic participation, rapid response to raids and repression, and winning public policies that improve the lives of immigrants.

Website: http://coloradoimmigrant.org/

Culture Grams
Since its beginnings in 1974, Culture Grams has become one of the most trusted and widely used cultural reference products in the education, government, and non-profit arenas. Its aim is to foster understanding and appreciation of the world’s peoples by documenting the unique details of their customs, traditions, and daily life. Culture Grams content is available in the Culture Grams Online Database, in the Culture Grams World Edition printed sets, and as PDF downloads of individual reports.

Website: http://www.culturegrams.org/

DORA
Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado.

Website: http://www.colorado.gov/

ECHO
ECHO's mission is to collaborate with diverse communities to deliver programs and services that help people be healthy, contribute, and succeed. Echo’s Egal Shidad: Stories of Somali Health uses candid conversations to create programming for television, radio and ELL classroom use about three important health issues. More than 50 members of the Twin Cities' Somali community were involved in this project. Learn more about Egal Shidad: Stories of Somali Health by following the link and scrolling down to watch the four videos. http://www.echominnesota.org/library/egal-shidad-stories-somali-health
Ethnomed
Ethno Med contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and related topics pertinent to the health care of immigrants to Seattle or the US, many of whom are refugees fleeing war-torn parts of the world.

Website: http://ethnomed.org/

Evaluations of Foreign Education
As a starting point in their new life, most immigrants need to have their foreign educational background formally assessed for employment, continuing education and immigration purposes in the United States of America. The process is called a credential evaluation of foreign education. This document provides insight into that process and was compiled by Dr. Anna Goncharova

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Evaluations of Foreign Educations

Florida Center for Survivors of Torture (FCST)

The Florida Center for Survivors of Torture (FCST) serves survivors of political and state-sponsored torture living in Tampa Bay and Miami-Dade through an intensive case management and strength-based, client-centered model. The goals of the program are to increase self-sufficiency and self-efficacy and to support survivors in their healing process. We assist survivors in rebuilding their lives and work to empower them through a community-based approach.

To be included on the FCST listserv follow this link

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, they give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. They rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

Website: http://www.hrw.org/

Islam.com
Islam.com is a humble effort to serve the spiritual, commercial, informational, communication, cultural, educational, economic, political and social needs of the worldwide Islamic community in the 21st century. They are dedicated to make islam.com an information portal site on the internet that is pure, clean and "worthy of its name", Insha’Allah.

Website: http://www.islam.com/

KOR Consulting
KOR Consulting was founded with the mission to help refugees, immigrants and other adults with low housing literacy live safely and responsibly in secure, stable housing.
Migration Information Source
The Migration Information Source provides fresh thought, authoritative data from numerous global organizations and governments, and global analysis of international migration and refugee trends. A unique, online resource, the Source offers useful tools, vital data, and essential facts on the movement of people worldwide.

Website: http://www.migrationinformation.org

Minnesota Department of Human Rights
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) is a neutral state agency that investigates charges of illegal discrimination, ensures that businesses seeking state contracts are in compliance with equal opportunity requirements, and strives to eliminate discrimination by educating Minnesotans about their rights and responsibilities under the state Human Rights Act.

Website: http://www.humanrights.state.mn.us/

Migration Policy Institute
The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide.

Website: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/

National Association of Credential Evaluation Services
NACES® is an association of private foreign educational credential evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation. Within the United States, no government agency monitors the establishment of foreign credential evaluation services. NACES® was founded in 1987 by credential evaluation services dedicated to promoting excellence and committed to setting the standards for the profession.

Website: http://www.naces.org/

New Routes to Community Health
New Routes to Community Health is a new approach for improving the health of immigrants through immigrant-created media. Eight diverse immigrant-led collaborations across the United States have received three-year grants from New Routes to create locally-focused media and outreach campaigns that speak directly to immigrants’ health concerns.

Website: http://www.newroutes.org/

Office of Global Health Affairs
The mission of the US Department of Health & Human Services Office of Global Health Affairs is to promote the health of the world’s population by advancing the Secretary’s and the Department of Health and Human Services’ global strategies and partnerships, thus serving the health of the people of the United States.

Website: http://www.globalhealth.gov/office/index.html

Office of Refugee Resettlement
Founded on the belief that newly arriving populations have inherent capabilities when given opportunities, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides people in need with critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.

Website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/

Pew Hispanic Center
Founded in 2001, the Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation. The Center does not take positions on policy issues. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan "fact tank" in Washington, DC that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a public charity based in Philadelphia.

Website: http://pewhispanic.org/

Receiving Communities Toolkit

Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative that works to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. The ultimate goal of Welcoming America is to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns.

The Receiving Communities Toolkit: A Guide For Engaging Mainstream America In Immigrant Integration is a resource for engaging receiving communities in immigrant integration. A particular point of pride for OneMorgan County is that on page 25 you can read about contributions by some of Fort Morgan’s leaders including Dan Barker, reporter, Fort Morgan Times; Greg Wagers, Superintendent, Morgan County School District RE-3; and Keith Kuretich, Chief of Police, Fort Morgan Police Department.

PDF: http://www.welcomingamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Receiving-Communities-Toolkit_FINAL.pdf

Refugees International
Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.

Website: http://www.refintl.org/

Refugee 101

Project SOAR provides ethnic community-based organizations (ECBOs) and other refugee-serving agencies with technical assistance to develop and deliver quality services and improve sustainability. This includes support to strengthen organizational management, in areas such as fundraising and governance; improve services, in areas such as project design and case management; and build networks with peer and mainstream agencies. Funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement since 2003, Project SOAR is a partnership of the International Rescue Committee and the Nationalities Service Center.

Project SOAR is very pleased to be able to offer its network an e-learning resource for staff and volunteers of refugee-serving organizations, or other community members and service providers. This 20-minute module, called Refugee 101, was developed by the International Rescue Committee for its network, and provides an overview of the complex resettlement process. It is a great educational tool for those new to the field, and Project SOAR is happy to be able to share it with you to use!

Website: http://learning.theirc.org/home/refugee/player.html

Refugee Health Information Network (RHINF)
The Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) is a national collaborative partnership that has created a database of quality multilingual, public health resources for those providing care to resettled refugees and asylees.
Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center (RHATC)

The Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center (RHTAC) recognizes that refugees have unique health needs. RHTAC is dedicated to improving the well-being of refugees by providing tools, resources, and support for health and mental health providers in order to better meet the needs of refugees in resettlement.

To be included on the RHTAC listserv follow this link

Refugee Republic
Refugee Republic is a concept based on the ever increasing number of refugees, displaced persons and migrants. Refugee Republic is attempting to address the problem associated with this condition. Refugee Republic maintains that refugees are essentially unrealized capital and that their involuntary fate of an international avant-garde can be turned into productive assets.

Website: http://www.refugee.org/

Religious Tolerance
This site promotes religious tolerance which they define as: "respecting the freedom of other individuals to follow freely their own religious and spiritual paths, without oppression or active discrimination against them.” This is a human right promoted by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ultimately, it leads to peace in a land of religious diversity, and to religious freedom for all.

Website: http://www.religioustolerance.org/islam.htm

Translator Strips
This document provides translated versions of the phrase, "This is very important. Please find someone to translate." The phrase is translated into 26 languages including Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Chuukese, Czech, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Japanese, Karen, Kirundi, Kizigua, Korean, Lao, Mai Mai, Nepali, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Uzbek and Vietnamese. The phrases can be inserted into important documents.

Website: http://www.boiseschools.org/ell/forms/translator_strips.pdf

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

Website: http://www.unhcr.org

US Citizenship and Immigrant Services
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States of America.

Website: http://www.uscis.gov/

US Customs and Border Protection
CBP is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing and facilitating trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws.

Website: http://www.cbp.gov/

US Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
The State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world, through repatriation, local integration, and resettlement in the United States. PRM also promotes the United States' population and migration policies.

Website: http://www.state.gov/g/prm/

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Their mission is to protect national security by enforcing our nation's customs and immigration laws.

Website: http://www.ice.gov/

Welcoming Colorado
Welcoming Colorado seeks to strengthen our state by giving immigrant and non-immigrant communities a chance to break down barriers, share experiences and correct misinformation.

Website: http://welcomingcolorado.org/