We have curated a multimedia library of content developed both by Switchboard and by former ORR-funded TA providers. You can browse the library by resource type, view a full list of uploads, or use the search area to access content by topic, author, year, and more.

Guide: Operation Allies Welcome: Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Programs & Resources

Author(s): Department of Housing and Urban Development
Date: November 29, 2021
Topic(s): Housing
Subtopic(s): Federal Housing Programs
This resource list, developed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), includes information that clients can use if they need help with housing. Available assistance will depend on their immigration status; their income level or other eligibility criteria; and availability of the housing or assistance in the area. 

Guide: U.S. Employers’ Guide to Hiring Afghan Refugees

Author(s): Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), The Tent Foundation
Date: November 22, 2021
Topic(s): Employment
Subtopic(s): Welcoming Communities
The U.S. Employers’ Guide to Hiring Afghan Refugees is a manual for businesses that answers common questions about hiring Afghans who have recently arrived in the United States. It was developed by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and the Tent Partnership for Refugees (Tent). It includes information on why to hire Afghan refugees, how …

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E-learning: Caring for Newly Arrived Afghans

Author(s): University of Minnesota
Date: November 19, 2021
Topic(s): Health
Developed by the Global Medicine at the University of Minnesota, this free four-hour course, composed of recorded lectures and interactive lessons, helps prepare providers to serve newly arrived Afghans. It covers topics ranging from Operation: Allies Welcome (OAW) to Afghan cultural background, to general and skin medical exams, to mental health care, to clinical observations …

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Archived Webinar: Forum on Afghan Arrivals and Housing Needs

Author(s): Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
Date: November 18, 2021
Topic(s): Housing, Safety
Subtopic(s): Emergency Preparedness
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) invites you to learn about how you can help provide a warm welcome for Afghan allies and friends with primary attention on the urgent need for both transitional and long-term housing. In the midst of the outpouring of support, local resettlement organizations have been busier than ever receiving Afghans already evacuated …

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Archived Webinar: Hiring Afghan Humanitarian Parolees: What Service Providers and Employers Need to Know

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: November 18, 2021
Topic(s): Case Management, Employment, Immigration Legal Needs
Subtopic(s): Employment Rights, Humanitarian Parole
Hosted on November 17 2021, this training was delivered by Rishan Habte, Program Manager for Economic Empowerment, Switchboard; Liza Zamd, Senior Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice (DOJ) Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER); and Jenny Deines, Special Policy Counsel, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER). Webinar FAQ coming soon! This webinar featured a …

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Archived Webinar: Community Sponsorship of Refugees: Methods and Examples

Author(s): Welcoming America
Date: November 17, 2021
Topic(s): Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Welcoming Communities
Community sponsorship provides an avenue for individuals, groups, and organizations to participate in the resettlement of refugees. This webinar explored the various community sponsorship models and provide resources for communities wanting to take part in supporting refugee families. If you’re looking to better understand the options for community sponsorship, register to hear from experts and …

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Blog Post: A Collection of Resources for Onboarding New Refugee Service Providers

Author(s): Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE), Switchboard
Date: November 17, 2021
Topic(s): Case Management, Cultural Awareness, Organizational Development
This blog post, written in partnership with Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE), shares resources for new refugee service providers organized by topics such as case management, understanding refugee populations, equity and inclusion, mental health, and more.
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Archived Webinar: Educational Experiences of Afghans: Learning from Afghan Refugee Students & Families

Author(s): Immigrant Connections
Date: November 10, 2021
Topic(s): Child, Youth, and Family Services
Subtopic(s): Child and Youth Education
This facilitated panel discussion featured Afghan parents and students. It discussed background context, schooling in Afghanistan, research findings related to Afghan refugee high school young women, and implications for practice. The parent and student panel discussion included the following themes: What are schools like in Afghanistan? What are some of the challenges for students when …

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Archived Webinar: Applying Ambiguous Loss Theory to Torture Survivors: A Conversation with Pauline Boss

Author(s): Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
Date: November 10, 2021
Topic(s): Mental Health and Wellness
Subtopic(s): Grief and Healing
Description: Survivors of torture have endured multiple and often catastrophic losses – loved ones, home, identity, culture. Some of these may be understood as Ambiguous Losses – a loss that occurs without closure or clear understanding.   According to Dr. Pauline Boss, “Human relationships are ruptured indefinitely by ambiguous loss, causing trauma and frozen grief. While …

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

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: November 8, 2021
Topic(s): Housing
Subtopic(s): Federal Housing Programs
Photo credit: AOberstadt/IRC Housing is a key challenge facing refugee service providers and communities around the U.S. There is an opportunity to coordinate with state or local partners on the use of existing federal programs, Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) 1 and 2, to support clients, including refugees and other Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)-eligible clients. …

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