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Guide: Fact Sheet on Operation Allies Welcome

Author(s): Department of Homeland Security
Date: September 3, 2021
Topic(s): Afghanistan Evacuees, Case Management, Immigration Legal Needs
Subtopic(s): Emergency Preparedness
On August 29, 2021, President Biden directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to lead implementation of ongoing efforts across the federal government to support vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked alongside us in Afghanistan for the past two decades, as they safely resettle in the United States. These coordinated efforts will be known as …

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Guide: Benefits for Afghan and Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders or SQ/SI Parolees

Author(s): Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
Date: September 1, 2021
Topic(s): Afghanistan Evacuees, Case Management, Immigration Legal Needs
Subtopic(s): Emergency Preparedness
This information guide answers frequently asked questions about eligibility of Afghan and Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders or SQ/SI Parolees for various services. These services include ORR services, where to sign up, and details on specific benefits. 

Blog Post: Supporting Clients and Staff Affected by the Crisis in Afghanistan

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: August 27, 2021
Topic(s): Afghanistan Evacuees, Case Management, Safety
Subtopic(s): Emergency Preparedness
Many refugee service providers are asking how to best support clients from Afghanistan during this time of crisis. This blog post includes a few tips that may be helpful to program staff and leaders as they seek to care for clients and staff affected by the situation in Afghanistan.
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Blog Post: A Round-up of Resources for Serving Afghan Evacuees

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: August 23, 2021
Topic(s): Afghanistan Evacuees, Case Management, Immigration Legal Needs, Safety
Subtopic(s): Emergency Preparedness
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.

Guide: Eligibility Documentation for Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders or SQ/SI Parolees from Afghanistan and Iraq

Author(s): Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
Date: August 11, 2021
Topic(s): Afghanistan Evacuees, Case Management, Immigration Legal Needs
Subtopic(s): Emergency Preparedness
Afghan or Iraqi nationals granted a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) or Special Immigrant (SQ or SI) Parole by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for service to the U.S. government are eligible for ORR benefits. This guide lists acceptable documents for relatives of SIV holders , SQ or SI parolees. 

Podcast: Leading During Times of Transition: The Community View

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: May 24, 2021
Topic(s): Health, Organizational Development
Subtopic(s): COVID-19, Emergency Preparedness
This episode features host Kay Bellor interviewing Henny Ohr, Founder and Executive Director, Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC) Iowa. They discuss the challenges experienced by EMBARC during the COVID-19 pandemic including providing essential services to clients while protecting staff and how the refugee resettlement program can be improved moving forward. This …

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Podcast: Leading during Times of Transition: The National View

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: April 1, 2021
Topic(s): Community Engagement, Cultural Awareness, Health, Organizational Development
Subtopic(s): COVID-19, Emergency Preparedness
In this episode of the Switchboard podcast, Kay Bellor, Independent Consultant, and Hans Van de Weerd, Vice President of Resettlement, Asylum, and Integration at the International Rescue Committee, discuss leadership strategies that have been effective over the past several years. They consider challenges such as the dramatic reduction of the U.S. resettlement program, the COVID-19 …

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Blog Post: Persevering during Times of Transition: Lessons from Leaders across the Resettlement Field

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: March 31, 2021
Topic(s): Health, Organizational Development
Subtopic(s): COVID-19, Emergency Preparedness
Strategic and everyday tactical leadership is critical to any organization, but confronting change as a leader can require new and different approaches. I recently interviewed leaders from several sectors working within refugee resettlement to learn how they had confronted the challenges of the past years. This blog post includes several areas of action based on their strategies.

Toolkit: Establishing & Maintaining Inclusive Emergency Management with Immigrant & Refugee Populations

Author(s): Welcoming America
Date: January 21, 2021
Topic(s): Community Engagement, Safety
Subtopic(s): Emergency Preparedness
This toolkit is designed to help strengthen existing emergency preparedness plans by ensuring immigrants and refugees are part of any emergency response. It contains checklists on inclusive communication practices, community assessments, building trust with refugee communities, and more. 
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Archived Webinar: Establishing and Maintaining Inclusive Emergency Management with Immigrant and Refugee Populations

Author(s): Welcoming America
Date: January 21, 2021
Topic(s): Safety
Subtopic(s): Emergency Preparedness
With the COVID-19 pandemic and greater occurrences of natural disasters, the need for inclusion in emergency management is paramount. This webinar discussed a variety of topics, including Welcoming America’s Inclusive Emergency Management Toolkit, which was created in partnership with the I-DIEM and focused on how organizations can develop more inclusive preparedness and practices in emergencies. …

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