Immigrant Info / Tools/Research

The Tools/Research Section contains useful toolkits, apps and databases for immigrants and their advocates. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

Idealist.org
Idealist.org is a free, multi-language, international site where non-profit, community, and government organizations can post jobs, internships, and volunteer needs and volunteers can look for opportunities. For non-profits, registration, event and volunteer postings are free. Small charge for job or internship listings. | Spanish | French |
Multi-language Know Your Rights "Red Cards"
All people in the United States, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The Red Cards were created to help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations. Knowing and asserting rights can make a huge difference in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home. Red cards provide critical information on how to assert these rights, along with an explanation to ICE agents that the individual is indeed asserting their rights.
My Fellow American
A project of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), My Fellow American is an online film and social media project that calls upon concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are our fellow Americans. It asks people of other backgrounds to pledge, and share a real life story about a Muslim friend, neighbor, or colleague that they admire. Using the power of social media, My Fellow American seeks to change the narrative - from Muslims as the other, to Muslims as our fellow Americans. Key Words: Islam, Positive Resource
Refugee Council USA
The RCUSA is a coalition of 22 U.S.-based non-governmental organizations, is dedicated to refugee protection, welcome, and excellence in the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Post-Election Refugee Took Kit, Key Words:
Refugee Phrasebooks - 16 Languages
In the 1980s and 1990s, the Cultural Orientation Resource Center was funded to develop phrasebooks for selected refugee populations. These phrasebooks include appropriate English phrases for use in daily American life, selected to be direct, brief, and relevant. Among the nineteen units included are sections on Giving Information About Yourself, Recognizing Signs, Dealing With Money, Health, Food, Clothing, Housing, and Jobs. Each phrasebook is approximately 140 pages and can be downloaded for free. Languages: Russian, Spanish, Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian, Chinese (Cantonese), , Somali . Czech, Farsi , Haitian Creole, Hungarian, Hmong,, Khmer . Lao , Polish and Vietnamese
Trump Executive Order on Refugees and Travel Ban: A Brief Review
On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that indefinitely suspends the resettlement of Syrian refugees, pauses the overall refugee resettlement program, and temporarily bars non-citizens from 7 majority-Muslim nations from entering the US. The Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States executive order has been the subject of numerous legal challenges. This fact sheet from MPI, presents an easy-to-reference side-by-side chart, outlines the key provisions in the executive order and compares them to current and prior policy and practice, providing context where relevant.
Unity Production Foundation Films
The mission of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is to counter bigotry and create peace through the media. UPF produces films that tell compelling stories for television, online viewing, and theatrical release. These films are part of long-term educational campaigns aimed at increasing understanding among people of different faiths and cultures, especially among Muslims and other faiths. Key Words: Interfaith, Multi-cultural, Islam, Video, Positive Resource
Raids Rapid Response Toolkit - Updated
Feb 2017. This toolkit contains information and tools that should help you respond if ICE conducts raids in your community, including Know Your Rights Booklets and videos in English and Spanish, materials for community outreach and a social media campaign, links and phone numbers to report activities and stay updated on developments across the country.
CIVIC - End Isolation
CIVIC is the national immigration detention visitation network, which is working to end U.S. immigration detention by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community-based alternatives to detention, and advocating for system change. Key Words: Humanitarian
Children of Immigrants Data Tool
This Urban Institute tool enables users to generate detailed charts of the characteristics of children age 0 to 17 nationwide and for individual states and the District of Columbia.
Citizenship Matters
Jul 25, 2014. Published by Program for Environmental And Regional Equity / Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration - This report released by the Center for American Progress and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at USC details just how important the actions of both parties and the President on these pressing matters are to one of the fastest-growing segments of the electorate: the children of immigrants.
Citizenship Works
Contains information and tools to help immigrants determine their eligibility for citizenship and understand the naturalization process.
FEMA Mobile Disaster App
The app provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers, and tips on how to survive natural and manmade disasters. The latest version (May, 2016) features weather-related alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS). Users can sign up to receive these alerts for up to five locations across the U.S.The |Spanish| of the app is available for download to Android and Apple devices. Key words: Federal Emergency Management System
HHS Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information
Cultural Competency, Glossaries, Multi-language Dictionaries, Limited English Proficiency, LEP, Health Resources in Multiple Languages, Multi-cultural research,
ICE-Raids-Educators-Guide - Protect & Prepare Youth and Families
6/16 tools and resources to help protect and prepare youth and families in case of an immigration and customs enforcement (ice) raid. This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the US. It's critically important that educators, school support staff and service providers know the tools and resources available to help protect and prepare youth and families for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.
Immigration Advocates Network (IAN)
The IAN is a collaborative effort of leading immigrants' rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. The IAN Non-Profit Resource Center provides an assortment of free, easily accessible and comprehensive online resources and tools. Key Words: Legal Library, Listserv, Podcasts, Professional Training, Calendar, Alerts, Membership
Receiving Communities Toolkit - Immigrant Integration
Oct 2011 The Receiving Communities Toolkit focuses on communities where new immigrants have made their homes, helping neighbors build relationships through trust and understanding. The toolkit draws upon and highlights a growing body of promising yet often little-known efforts that successfully bridge divides between immigrants and longer-term residents in receiving communities across the country, the communities where newcomers settle. These efforts build meaningful connections between immigrants and the native born through contact, improved communication and leadership in order to foster stronger and more unied communities.
Refugee Health Information Network (rhin)
RHIN is a national collaborative partnership that has created a database of quality multilingual, public health resources for those providing care to resettled refugees and asylees. Resources include Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos), Provider tools (including information on refugee populations and cultures), and information on Emergency Preparedness and Response for vulnerable populations.
Searching for Sanctuary - ILRC Analysis of US Cities & Counties
1/2017 Immigrant Legal Resource Council Immigrant Legal Resource Council (ILRC) identified seven different types of policies to consider in assessing the extent of local assistance with immigration enforcement in different jurisdictions. We used these factors to evaluate the extent to which local law enforcement agencies offer voluntary assistance to ICE. Without enacting policies to preserve local resources and safety for the entire community, regardless of immigration status, local law enforcement will continue to be extensively involved in deportations.
US Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)
The mission of the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) is to remake the narrative for understanding, and to shape the dialogue, on immigrant integration in America. CSII intends to identify and evaluate the mutual benefits of immigrant integration for the native-born and immigrants and to study the pace of the ongoing transformation in different locations, not only in the past and present but projected into the future. Key Words: Research, Demographics
USCIS Tools to Avoid Scammers
The USCIS wants to combat immigration services scams by equipping applicants, legal service providers and community-based organizations with the knowledge and tools they need to detect and protect themselves from dishonest practices. Links to information about how to find authorized legal immigration help, common scams and where to report them. | Spanish |
Jan 2016. Know Your Rights Video. 10 minute video in English and |Spanish| advising how to interact with authorities.
iAmerica
iAmerica is a national campaign driven by diverse organizations, created to offer informational tools and interactive opportunities for immigrants and their families to become full participants in our nation's democracy. The website is a centralized platform with accessible and credible essential services and information for immigrant families. Key Words: Collaborative, Immigration Legal, Citizenship