NtN Team Resources-archived2022-05-19T12:22:57-05:00

Resources for Neighbor to Neighbor Teams

Announcements

  • Tax Questions for New Arrivals: FAQ from IRS related to third stimulus payment generally, which addresses the eligibility requirements
  • On March 12, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention terminated Title 42 with respect to unaccompanied children. The update stops the use of Title 42 as a basis to expel unaccompanied children from the United States.
  • On March 16, 2022, DHS announced a new 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Afghanistan that will become effective upon publication of an upcoming Federal Register Notice, or FRN. Individuals newly eligible for TPS under the Afghanistan designation must have continuously resided in the United States since March 15, 2022.
  • Welcome.US Ukraine Hub: ukraine.welcome.us
    Welcome.US has launched today a central hub to connect anyone who wants to help efforts in Ukraine and neighboring countries with the organizations on the ground who are providing real-time information and aid. Please use this resource, which will be updated continuously, and share it with your networks, teams, and online communities
  • Refugee Council USA will be hosting the annual Virtual Refugee Advocacy Days May 9th – May 13th, 2022. This is an opportunity for community members, advocates, faith leaders, resettlement staff, and others to show their support for pro-refugee legislation with their members of Congress. Participants will not only have the opportunity to meet virtually with their members of Congress, but will also be able to attend a number of special training sessions to help build and expand their advocacy toolbelt. Refugee and asylee leaders will have additional leadership training opportunities in the lead up to the Advocacy Days kick off.  A full list of sessions and the proposed schedule (tentative to updates) can be found in RCUSA’s concept note. Register here.

Resources for Both Tracks

KAYAK Humanitarian Leadership Academy – online courses

Switchboard Technical Assistance for service providers

Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange – online courses for community sponsors coming soon

Cultural Backgrounders from the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE)

Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE) now has a new webpage for community partners and sponsors. 

  • Tarjimly is an app that connects people to live interpreters in a number of target languages.
    • Refugees, asylees, immigrants, and people who support them (“humanitarians”) download the Tarjimly mobile app on iOS or Android. Humanitarians can also signup with their organization.
    • When a Beneficiary needs a translator or interpreter, they select that language, and Tarjimly searches to find and connect the best available translator. This can take from 30 seconds to 5 minutes depending on the languages.
    • Tarjimly connects the Translator and Beneficiary in a live chat session where they can send text, voice notes, documents, or even start a live phone call.
    • When finished, either person can end and rate the conversation.

FindHello is a free service finder app that connects asylum seekers, refugees, and immigrants to resources in communities nationwide. It was developed in partnership with UNHCR.

FindHello lists over 4k resources, with local partnerships increasing that number regularly. The app is available on the web or for download in English, Spanish and Arabic. It offers a searchable Google map with a list of services specifically for those new to the US. It can be used offline too when an internet connection is not available.

Track 1

Sample Welcome Plan – coming soon

Budget Tool (Track 1)

Asylum Process Infographic

USCIS Affirmative Asylum Process webpage

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University tools:

Asylum Filings

TRAC’s “Asylum Filings” tool provides the public with the ability to view information about asylum cases based on when they were filed in Immigration Court. Users can view the current status of cases, case outcomes (if it has been rendered), case counts, and demographic data about applicants. Click here to view TRAC’s new asylum filings tool.  

Asylum Backlog

TRAC’s “Asylum Backlog” tool provides the public with the ability to view information about all pending cases on which asylum applications have been filed with the Immigration Courts. The number of pending asylum cases as well as wait times are available. One can now view the backlog by demographic data about applicants, representation, custody and more. (Note: Due to the length of time needed after the start of the case to file an asylum application, this tool provides an underestimate of the number of asylum seekers with pending cases since it misses those who have not yet filed their application.) Click here to view TRAC’s new asylum backlog tool.  

Asylum Decisions – Expanded 

TRAC’s “Asylum Decisions” tool provides the public with the ability to view information about all asylum decisions that have been entered by Immigration Judges. TRAC’s longstanding asylum decisions tool has been a staple of public understanding about asylum cases, but now includes additional data on language, gender, and age. Click here to view TRAC’s expanded asylum decisions tool.  

If you want to be sure to receive a notification whenever updated data become available, sign up at:  

https://tracfed.syr.edu/cgi-bin/tracuser.pl?pub=1 

Track 2 | Sponsor Circles Resources

Welcome.US Employment Exchange One-Pager

Upwardly Global – Works to eliminate employment barriers for immigrant and refugee professionals, and advance the inclusion of their skills into the U.S. economy.

Highly recommended: Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE) now has a new webpage for community partners and sponsors. 

Cultural orientation resources are available on the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE) website. Starting March 15, 2022, CORE will offer cultural orientation resources for community sponsor groups, including Sponsor Circles, to assist community sponsors in providing cultural orientation education to the Afghan families they are welcoming.

  • Cultural Orientation Objectives & Indicators: This document outlines the Objectives & Indicators for cultural orientation delivery within the formal resettlement program (specifically in the federally-funded Afghan Placement & Assistance program that resettlement agencies and their local offices operate). While this document is not specifically for Sponsor Circles, it is useful in helping Sponsor Circle team members understand the goals and expected outcomes of cultural orientation.

New CORE Resources for Providing CO to Afghans:

  • U.S. Laws Video (English, Dari and Pashto): This short video covers basic foundational knowledge about U.S. laws that can be used as a primer to share more in-depth details about other specific U.S. laws. CO providers can share video with Afghan arrivals and use this video with other U.S. law activities as a part of CO delivery.
  • Food Storage (Dari and Pashto): Based on feedback from the field, Core created a post explaining expectations of food access (how often their RA might be able to deliver or help them get to grocery store). The video provides tips for how to store your food to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
  • Google Maps Overview (Dari and Pashto): This video explains the Google Maps mobile app and walks users through a couple simple ways they can use it.
  • Driving in the US (English, Dari, Pashto): Core’s latest Facebook Live event includes information about driving laws and how to get a license.
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