Friday, January 19th, 2018

National Resources

Cultural Competency

The Cross Cultural Health Care Program
Provided is a limited bibliography of cultural competency assessment tools, including individual and organizational self-assessment instruments and contact information to order The Bridging the Gap Interpreter Handbook and other publications such as research projects.

The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
You will find a very comprehensive description of refugee experiences in trying to acculturate in the United States. You can also view “New Americans, New Promise: A Guide to the Refugee Journey in America” by Yorn Yan. The website also has a growing Resource Center that includes comprehensive tools and materials to guide and inform work with torture survivors.

Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR)
This Center provides important orientation resources for refugee newcomers and service providers throughout the United States and abroad.

The National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC)
Information on the conceptual frameworks/models, guiding values and principles, definitions of cultural and linguistic competence, compelling needs for cultural and linguistic competence, policies and tools to advance and sustain cultural and linguistic competence, and processes for self-assessment is provided.

The National Center for Cultural Healing (NCCH)
NCCH training and technical assistance staff can join with your organization to lay a foundation and develop frameworks for group success, results-oriented learning, purposeful change, and cultural healing and well-being.


American Immigration Lawyers Association
AILA provides an Immigration Lawyer Search on their site as well as immigration reports and studies and helpful guides and links among other useful information regarding immigration law.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
CLINIC promotes refugee citizenship and civic participation. Their website provides an abundance of resources on both of these topics. Reports, guides and articles are readily available to the public here. In addition, a ListServ has been created to provide updates on policy changes, resources, and other information regarding refugee citizenship and civic participation.

Human Rights First
Human Rights First believes that building respect for human rights and the rule of law will help ensure the dignity to which every individual is entitled and will stem tyranny, extremism, intolerance, and violence.

The US Department of Justice EOIR Legal Orientation and Pro Bono Program
Since April of 2000, the Legal Orientation and Pro Bono Program has worked to improve access to legal advice and counseling and increase rates of representation for immigrants appearing before the Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
On their website’s main page you can find information and important links on how to apply for permanent residency, find case status information and processing times online, change your address with USCIS, as well as information on current non-immigrant worker visa caps, visiting the U.S. and useful information for employers.

Preventing Torture Through Investigation and Documentation
This website, run by IRCT, gives comprehensive information on how to conduct legal investigations and medical evaluations of alleged cases of torture and also provides examples of court cases that have relied on evidence secured by using the Istanbul Protocol. There is also a range of additional resources and news for health and legal professionals working in the human rights field. This site is one component of a larger European Commission-funded project, Prevention through Documentation, which aims to further awareness, national endorsement and practical use of the Istanbul Protocol.


Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights
This website features “Caring for Refugees and Survivors of Torture”, an introductory human rights internet-based course for health professionals, lawyers, trainees, human rights advocates and for those who want to learn about survivors of torture and refugee trauma. There are many resources here for anyone desiring more information about torture treatment. In addition to medical considerations, this site also addresses mental health issues that many survivors of torture experience.

Doctors of the World (DOW)
DOW is an international health and human rights organization working where health is diminished or endangered by violations of human rights and civil liberties.

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Border/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.

The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT)
HPRT has adapted and developed the major research tools necessary to conduct large scale epidemiological and clinical studies in refugee trauma.

Immigration Medical Examinations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Here you will find important information and documents pertaining to medical requirements related to the immigration process.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)
PHR provides extensive information, resources and links on medicine and human rights. You can also find information on PHR’s various activities such as: Health Action AIDS, the Darfur Survival Campaign, the Campaign Against Torture, Health and Justice for Youth, the Campaign to Ban Landmines, Investigations, the International Forensic Program, and the Asylum Network.

Mental Health

Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (ASTT)
ASTT offers a general overview of torture and the torture treatment field. Their model is outlined including their client-centered approach and considerations for mental health care for torture survivors.

HPRT Mental Health Action Plan
The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT), originally founded at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a multi-disciplinary program that has been pioneering the health and mental health care of traumatized refugees and civilians in areas of conflict/post-conflict and natural disasters for over two decades. Its clinical program serves as a global model that has been replicated worldwide.

The National Center for PTSD
This website is a great educational resource on PTSD and traumatic stress for veterans and also for mental health care providers, researchers and the general public.

National Center for Trauma Informed Care (NCTIC)
This Center assists publicly-funded agencies, programs, and services in making the important cultural shift to a more trauma-informed environment that benefits both systems and consumers  in creating an environment that is more supportive, comprehensively integrated, and empowering for trauma survivors.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
This site provides extensive materials and resources relating to evidenced-based approaches in the field of mental health.

The Refuge Media Project
Their primary project is a series of video documentaries, the first one of which is “Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture”, now in production. In addition, they are developing a set of video and web resources for professionals and others working with survivors of torture as well as a comprehensive online database of existing resources.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The SAMHSA website has extensive resources including statistics, publications, fact sheets and information on new initiatives. SAMHSA also provides a national registry of evidence-based programs and practices on their site.

Social Service

Child Welfare

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)
BRYCS is a project of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB MRS) that provides a handbook titled Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook. This booklet was created as a tool for refugee and immigrant service agencies, as they help newcomer parents adjust to the different laws, norms and practices around raising children in the United States.


Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning
The Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning is a non-profit language and culture training and consulting corporation. They work with people and organizations all over the world, helping turn cultural differences into assets.


Refugee Works is a program of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS). Their site dedicates an entire page to service providers and contains useful resources and information on training and consulting, publications, and an internet resource center. This page also offers an online forum for service providers.

Economic Development

Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED Solutions)
ISED provides consulting and evaluation services to organizations focused on refugee and immigrant services so that they may improve social and economic outcomes for low-income people. ISED also offers technical assistance that can help assist refugees to achieve economic self-sufficiency within the shortest possible time after entrance to the United States.


Mercy Housing
This website contains useful and practical information on finding affordable housing and working with landlords.

Mutual Assistance Associations

Project SOAR of the International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Project SOAR (Strengthening Organizations Assisting Refugees) is a program of the IRC that provides technical assistance to community based organizations around the country that have been started by refugees to assist their own communities. Funded by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), this program provides technical assistance in the area of organizational capacity building to ensure that these groups, founded by and for refugees, accomplish their missions, serve their beneficiaries effectively, and engage in long-term strategic planning.

Refugee Crime Prevention

National Crime Prevention Council
The NCPC’s Outreach to New Americans (ONA) promotes partnerships between refugee communities and law enforcement agencies to address the problem of crime and crime victimization in refugee communities. ONA is no longer funded, but its website provides useful information such as publications and links to other programs relating to crime and crime victimization in refugee communities.

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