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Archived Webinar: Identifying and Reporting Hiring Discrimination against Newcomers

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: August 14, 2023
Topic(s): Employment, Immigration Legal Needs
Subtopic(s): Employment Rights
Hosted on August 14, 2023 the training was delivered by Liza Zamd, Senior Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) and Ramya Sankaran, Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) This webinar will help service providers identify and address hiring discrimination, with a …

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Archived Webinar: Rapid Community Assessments with Refugee Newcomer Populations

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: July 28, 2023
Topic(s): Case Management, Community Engagement
Hosted on July 27, 2023, the training was delivered by Dr. Mary Bunn, PhD, LCSW; Ramsha Sohail, MPhil; and, Dr. Karin Wachter, PhD, MEd. A rapid community assessment (RCA) is an approach for understanding the needs and problems within a given community in a short period of time. RCAs help collect community insights and views …

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Archived Webinar: Demystifying Filing for Afghan Re-Parole with USCIS: Providing Clarity and Guidance for Providers

Author(s): Switchboard, VECINA
Date: July 19, 2023
Topic(s): Immigration Legal Needs
Subtopic(s): Humanitarian Parole, Special Immigrant Visa
This webinar is presented by Switchboard, a one-stop shop for refugee service providers in the United States. Learn more about Switchboard at www.SwitchboardTA.org. Hosted on July 19, 2023 the training was delivered by Ashley Digiore, contract accredited representative with VECINA’s Switchboard partnership; Michelle Morales, contract mentoring attorney with VECINA’s Switchboard partnership; and, Kristen Nilsen, contract …

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Video: Five Ways the Community Can Help Refugees and Other Newcomers

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: December 30, 2022
Topic(s): Community Engagement
Subtopic(s): Media and Communications, Welcoming Communities
This animated video highlights the important role that community members play in the resettlement process. The video’s goal is to inspire action from supportive communities including welcoming and advocating for newcomers, volunteering time and services, offering housing and employment opportunities, and information about co-sponsorship. This resource can be used by ORR-funded resettlement agencies to help …

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Evidence Summary: What strategies can help newcomers with social integration?

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: December 1, 2022
Topic(s): Cultural Awareness
There is strong evidence that peer mentoring and support groups with established immigrants can support social integration of recently arrived newcomers from the same ethnic group. Studies show that peer support groups provide needed social capital and resource sharing to recently arrived refugees and other newcomers. There is moderate evidence that peer mentoring with host …

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Archived Webinar: Cultural and Practical Considerations for Working with Afghan Clients, Afghan History – Module 1

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: August 31, 2022
Topic(s): Cultural Awareness
Hosted on August 30, 2022 the training was delivered by Farid Saydee, Ph.D., MBA – President, Language Mentors International and Consultant. This is session one of a five part series. This video covers Afghan history. The curriculum offers a foundational body of knowledge of Afghan culture, provide contextualized information about working with Afghans while navigating …

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Tip Sheet: Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Application Vetting & Approval

Author(s): Afghan Evac
Date: August 21, 2022
Topic(s): Immigration Legal Needs
Subtopic(s): Special Immigrant Visa
This graphic, created by Afghan Evac, describes the Special Immigrant Visa vetting and approval process.

Toolkit: Employment Authorization Documents: Reference Guide for Refugee Service Providers

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 30, 2022
Topic(s): Employment
Subtopic(s): Employment Rights
This toolkit was updated in April 2022 to reflect new guidance from the U.S. government. Refugees and asylees have the right to work. This reference guide covers the most important and commonly used work authorization documents required for employment in the United States. It includes information on the form I-9, accepted documents typically held by …

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Tip Sheet: Employment Information Regarding Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders and Parolees

Author(s): U.S. Department of Justice Immigrant & Employee Rights Section Civil Rights Division (DOJIER)
Date: October 29, 2021
Topic(s): Employment
Subtopic(s): Employment Rights
Afghan parolees who have received permission to work from the United States government, Afghan Special Immigrant Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), and Afghan Special Immigrant Conditional Permanent Residents (CPRs) are allowed to work in the United States. This fact sheet, issued by the Department of Justice Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER), provides general information about …

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Blog Post: A Resource List for Serving Afghan Evacuees

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: August 23, 2021
Topic(s): Case Management, Immigration Legal Needs, Safety
In July 2021, the U.S. government initiated Operation Allies Refuge to quickly admit and resettle individuals from and in Afghanistan who have worked for, or on behalf of, the U.S. government. The resettlement network is working to support Afghan evacuees by providing available benefits and services, including those funded by ORR. This blog post lists resources you may find helpful in serving these clients, including resources in Dari and Pashto.