Refugee Resources

Welcoming America Webinar: Community Sponsorship for Refugees

Community Sponsorship of Refugees: Methods and Examples

Wednesday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Community sponsorship provides an avenue for individuals, groups, and organizations to participate in the resettlement of refugees.

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Resources

In case you missed HHS’ Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) recent webinar on the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program in partnership with Treasury and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, we wanted to share the recording and attached presentation. In addition, below are resources shared during the webinar that may be helpful to you and the populations we serve. 

 Sites & Resources from Treasury: 

  • Find rental assistance: Treasury has collected websites associated with our grantees’ Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) programs to help tenants and landlords find rental

Switchboard Blog: Emergency Rental Assistance Programs: Opportunities for Refugees and other ORR-Eligible Clients


Emergency Rental Assistance Programs: Opportunities for Refugees and other ORR-Eligible Clients

Housing is a key challenge facing refugee service providers and communities around the U.S.

CVT PATH Bibliography Q4 2020

CVT's Partners in Trauma Healing (PATH) creates bibliographies every quarter of resources for current literature on the topic of the mental health status of and treatments for torture survivors, war trauma survivors, refugees, and asylum seekers. This also includes research in the area of social work that relates directly to the psychological well-being of these populations. The compilation below includes peer reviewed journal article citations in these areas and links to the publicly available abstracts and full text versions of these articles.

COVID Vaccinations: Practical and Ethical Considerations



The COVID-19 crisis has particular implications for Survivors of Torture programs and non-hospital-based organizations are starting to ask questions about safely providing services now that vaccination is possible for many staff and clients. What are the ethical considerations about safely returning to in-person services? Do we need to mandate that staff get vaccinated? Clients? Can we still infect others if we have been vaccinated? How can we as providers assure our clients have current and accurate information on vaccination?

In this webinar, Dr. Rajeev Bais and Dr.

Switchboard's New Blog Series on Race and Racism

Talking about Race and Racism:

Switchboard has partnered with the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) for a three-part blog series on talking about race and racism in various settings. The series includes guidance on how to prepare yourself for these conversations, tips for participating in introductory conversations, and tips for conversations with refugee youth.

Switchboard's New Blog Series

New Blog Series: Refugees and Asylees Have the Right to Work

Busting Three Myths about Social Security Delays & Work Authorization
by Daniel Wilkinson
Service providers and clients around the nation continue to experience disruptions to early employment due to the impact of COVID-19. One important challenge has been the delay of documents often used to prove work authorization, particularly social security cards. This situation has brought to light several misconceptions commonly held by both employers and service providers regarding work authorization. In this blog post, we’ll bust some common myths regarding work authorization and social security numbers and cards and share some key resources and learning opportunities. 

Overcoming Two Key Challenges when Communicating with Employers about Work Authorization
by Daniel Wilkinson
Service providers often encounter difficulties when communicating with employers about work authorization. This post provides tips on overcoming two common challenges when employers request specific documents from refugees and asylees as they complete the I-9.

Office of Refugee Resettlement

The Services for Survivors of Torture program (SOT) is a program of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Division of Refugee Health. It is committed to assisting persons who have experienced torture abroad and who are residing in the United States, to restore their dignity and health and rebuild their lives as they integrate into their communities.


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FY2022 Reporting

Please see ORR Policy Letter 21-05 regarding

Switchboards New Video Series: Adjusting to Life and Work in the U.S.

Switchboard is pleased to announce a new video series! 

These video interviews feature former refugees living in Atlanta, GA; Hyattsville, MD; and Lancaster, PA. The four-part series elevates the voices of previously served clients, giving them the opportunity to reflect on their early experiences in the U.S. and a platform to share their perspectives and advice with service providers and newly arrived clients. 

Improving Well-Being for Refugees in Primary Care: A Toolkit for Providers

CVT’s NEW Toolkit for Providers Working with Refugees

Meet Paw, a refugee from Burma seeking medical care in the U.S. for her headaches, nightmares and physical pain. She’s unfamiliar with the U.S. primary care system and she doesn’t speak English. Waiting alone at her first doctor appointment, Paw wonders, “How will the doctor understand me? What if I don’t like my interpreter? Will I ever be healthy again?” Paw’s questions don’t end there. They’re only a few of several listed in in CVT’s new manual, “Improving Well Being for Refugees in Primary Care: A Toolkit for Providers.”  Paw is a fictional character whose real-life experiences mirror those of clients in CVT’s Healing Hearts program.


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