News: Former Child Refugee Competes for the U.S. in the 2012 Olympics
Lopez Lomong, a former child refugee from South Sudan, competed for the U.S. in the 5,000 meter running event on August 9, 2012.
News: ORR is Now on Twitter
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is now on Twitter. Follow ORR @USRefugee to prepare for the 2012 ORR Consultation and to learn more about ORR’s work. Are you or your organization on Twitter? Use the hashtag #ORR2012 to promote the 2012 ORR Consultation. ORR will be “live tweeting” the Consultation proceedings on September 19th and 20th. You can also follow ORR Director Eskiner Negash @DirectorORR and Deputy Director Ken Tota @DepDirectorORR.
News: Health Care Law Expands Preventive Services for Women
As of Aug 1, 2012, all insurance plans are required to offer eight additional preventive health services for women at no extra charge. These include: well-woman visits, gestational diabetes screenings, breastfeeding support, domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling, FDA-approved contraceptive products, HPV DNA testing, STI counseling, and HIV screening and counseling.
News: Administration of Children and Families Awards $4.1 Million for Individual Development Account Projects
ACF has awarded nearly $4.1 million through the Assets for Independence (AFI) program to nonprofit organizations that empower low-income families to become economically self-sufficient in the long term.
News: ORR National Consultation Invites Refugee Participation
ORR invites refugees to share their stories, experiences, and expertise and to directly participate in the National Consultation on September 19-20, 2012, in Arlington, VA. The deadline to submit refugee stories, pictures, or videos and the deadline to nominate a refugee to attend the consultation is July 13, 2012. Contact ORR at ORR.Nominations@acf.hhs.gov or visit http://transition.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/share-your-story for additional details.
News: Hepatitis B is a Major Health Issue for Migrants in the U.S.
Between 1.04 and 1.61 million migrants now living in the U.S. have chronic hepatitis B infection report investigators in the online edition of Hepatology. The authors highlight the need for hepatitis B virus screening in all foreign-born persons.
News: UNHCR Releases Video Campaign for World Refugee Day
The new “Dilemmas” video series by UNHCR details how refugees were forced to make the agonizing decision to flee their homes. The associated campaign asks viewers to answer the questions: If conflict threatened your family, what would you do? Stay and risk your lives? Or try to flee, and risk kidnap, rape or torture?
News: The Refugee Suicide Prevention Training Toolkit
RHTAC, in collaboration with Bhutanese community members, recently adapted a nationally recognized suicide prevention training model called Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) and developed a training toolkit that includes presentation slides, facilitator’s guide, interactive training activities, and resource handouts.