ADVOCACY AND CULTURAL RESOURCES

UPDATE, 7/29/2014: We need EVERYONE to be making the call to support continued funding for refugee programs. As all of our concern grows for the children and families fleeing violence in Central America and seeking safety in the United States, the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has reprogrammed $94 million from refugee services to meet the needs of these children. Refugee services are already underfunded as it is, and these cuts are having devastating consequences for refugees and the communities that welcome them. Click here for more information on how you can raise your voice in support of unaccompanied minors and resettled refugees.

 

Click here for a Refugee Advocacy Toolkit. This toolkit from CWS Global has some great tips for organizing and advocacy.

General Advocacy Information:
For extensive information as well as tools to equip you in advocating for refugees in North Carolina and throughout the United States, please visit:
Supporting Materials: 
  1. Talking Points 1 : Three suggestions for what  to cover when you call your representative to talk about funding for refugee assistance.
  2. New Years Resolutions : Goal-setting for immigration and refugee advocacy. Watch our Executive Director’s resolution .
  3. Impact Others : A brief look at how immigration reform will impact refugees
  4. Service Speaks Advocates
 
Cultural Background Information:
Many of you have expressed interest in learning more about the home countries and cultures of refugees who live here in the Triangle. One of the best resources for learning about refugees is the Cultural Orientation Resource Center created by the Center for Applied linguistics.
Click here for a cultural background document on refugees coming from Burma.
Click here for a cultural background document on refugees from Iraq.
Click here for a cultural background document on Darfuri refugees from Sudan.
Click here for more information on refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Click here for a general backgrounder on refugees from Burma, Congo, Eritrea, and beyond. This is a nice comprehensive resource with country conditions, tool kits for assisting families, and lots of good cultural and historical information.
Click here for information on refugees from Somalia.