USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Resource Library for Service Providers

Welcome to USCRI’s online resource center for service providers!  Here, you can find manuals, pamphlets, brochures, and more pertaining to working with refugees and immigrants.  Please note that all materials are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat 7.0 or later to read.


Emergency Numbers
 National Suicide Prevention
 National Domestic Violence  1-800-799-7233
 National AIDS Hotline  1-800-232-4636
 Rape and Sexual Assault  1-800-656-4673
 The Youth Gang Hotline  1-305-631-4264


Working with Refugees and Immigrants with Disabilities
Many refugees resettled in the United States have one or more disabilities.  Resources in this section offer tips and advice for both refugees living in the United States and for service providers working with refugees with disabilities. 
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Working with Refugee and Immigrant Children
When working with refugee and immigrant children and their unique developmental characteristics, a different set of relational and interviewing techniques are required than when working with adults.  Migrating children come from a completely different cultural environment and working with them requires a specialized set of skills. 
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Cultural Competency

When a professional forms a working relationship with a client of a different ethnic or cultural (or religious, socio-economic, etc.) background, the onus is on the professional to develop culturally-sensitive practices.  This involves not only working to understand some basic information about the client's culture, but how the professional's own culture and upbringing may affect his or her ability to work with particular clients. 
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Working with youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, or who are questioning their sexuality (LGBTQ), presents specific challenges.  Professionals working with this population must be aware of the unique issues facing this population and educate themselves about the most appropriate manner in which to address and assist them. 
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Teen Parenting and Sexuality
Some immigrant youth leave behind young children or have children upon reaching the United States. The following resources will help professionals learn how to address the specific situations of teen parents and teen sexuality. 
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Rape and Sexual Violence
A great number of unaccompanied immigrant minors have experienced some form of sexual assault.  Some children are victimized while still living at home by family, friends, or strangers.  Many others are assaulted or raped along their journey to the United States, victims of coyotes, traffickers, or fellow travelers.  
View Resources for Victims of Rape and Sexual Violence >> 

Domestic Violence
Violence in the home takes many forms: Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Sibling Abuse, or Elder Abuse.  The abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, or financial.  Threatening to do harm to a person's immigration status, in the context of a relationship, is classified as abuse. 
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Many immigrant and refugee children exhibit symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  For some, the migration process itself can be a terrifying experience, fraught with dangers including rape and starvation.  When working with these refugees and immigrants, professionals should learn about PTSD and how to relate while avoiding re-traumatization. 
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Whether they are boys as young as eight who have witnessed or been threatened with murder, or young girls who are targeted with rape by gangs, around seventy-five percent of the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children’s clients cite escaping gang violence as a reason for immigration.  They come to the United States in search of safety and afraid for their lives. 
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Often, refugees and immigrants come to the United States with little practical knowledge of HIV/AIDS and require more information about the disease and ways to prevent infection.  Resources in this section offer tips and advice for both refugees living in the United States and for service providers working with refugees.   
Learn More about Resources Related to HIV/AIDS >>



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