Leadership Toolkit #6 – February Issue

Leadership Toolkit, February 2013 issue
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Disaster Preparedness Manual

disaster300LIRS is proud to announce the release of Disaster Preparedness for Migrant Communities: A Manual for First Responders. This new resource, produced with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA), and the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), is an important tool to help communities integrate migrants into their planning and response to disasters.

As demonstrated in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, migrant communities suffer disproportionately in disasters, and it is imperative that new Americans and those working with them prepare their communities. The manual will educate, empower, and equip first responders to see migrants as part of their disaster response, understand the specific vulnerabilities faced by migrant communities during a disaster, work alongside the ethnic community to mitigate disaster risk, and appropriately deal with crisis when it occurs.

Download the manual here. We hope that this will be a valuable resource to our many wonderful friends and partners who Stand for Welcome every day.

Blog Launch

Linda300To bring you the best resources, news, and analysis, LIRS recently launched the new blog Redefining Welcome. The new blog is written by LIRS President and CEO Linda Hartke, and features content from many guest voices from our wider community of leaders and advocates who Stand for Welcome.

Redefining Welcome includes several new features, including, Monday’s “Top Picks from the Immigration and Refugee Blogosphere,” a selection of the most cutting-edge commentary from around the Internet.” Tuesdays and Thursdays are the time to check in for national and state-level Action Alerts. Redefining Welcome also includes frequent interviews with leaders and advocates from across the nation, and opportunities and resources for involvement on critical issues such as human trafficking.

Through Redefining Welcome, Linda and the LIRS team hope to bring you the most up-to-date and engaging news and analysis, along with inspiring stories of welcome. Please visit us, subscribe to receive the daily post delivered to your inbox, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter so you can learn immediately about new resources and critical developments for immigrants and refugees.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

CIR300With the convening of the 113th Congress, there has never been so much energy and optimism for the passage of real comprehensive immigration reform. While the road to reform is sure to be full of obstacles, LIRS is working tirelessly through its advocacy and education efforts to push Congress to Stand for Welcome and enact sensible and humane immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship and family unity measures.

There is finally momentum behind reform, and a coalition of people and organizations of diverse faiths, backgrounds, and political beliefs has come together to push for it. There is a strong need for you to raise your voice. To tell your legislators you believe reform is imperative, please visit our ever-improving Action Center. Every person who contacts their elected officials brings us that much closer to welcoming millions of new Americans to contribute more fully to our society.

New LIRS End Human Trafficking Campaign Mythbuster Resource

EHTN_myth1300Human trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes committed in America today, but unfortunately it is also one of the most invisible. In response to this, LIRS recently released its Human Trafficking Mythbuster, the third of a series of unique infographics that combat misinformation. We’re extremely grateful to the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod for the support that made this resource possible. This newest installment of the Mythbuster series provides accurate and easily digestible data on human trafficking, thereby debunking common myths surrounding the issue.

Trafficking is often overlooked, because it is rarely visible and extremely difficult to track, but it exists in nearly every community. Every year, roughly 15,000 victims are trafficked across U.S. borders into our country, and hundreds of thousands more are trafficked domestically. LIRS provides vital services for foreign-born victims of trafficking through our Children’s Services Department and advocates on Capitol Hill for stronger federal protections for survivors of trafficking.

This Mythbuster was produced through the LIRS End Human Trafficking Campaign, a partnership of LIRS and the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. In addition to the Mythbuster, educational videos, learning modules, and congregational resources have been created through the campaign. Visit our LIRS End Human Trafficking Campaign page for access to all these resources and more opportunities to get involved. Together, we can End Human Trafficking!

“Who Is a Refugee?” e-Learning Module

WhoIsRef300With the “Who is a Refugee?” module, LIRS has made sharing information on the process and history of refugee resettlement easy. The resettlement process can be complicated and confusing, but this new e-learning resource takes the viewer smoothly through the steps a displaced person must take to secure refugee status and through their journey to resettlement in America. The resource also provides historical background on LIRS’s work since World War Two.

We hope that this educational resource, taken in conjunction with our Refugee Mythbuster and other publications, can provide those who work with refugees the tools needed to educate friends, family, colleagues, congregation members, and communities about the hardships refugees have overcome, and the benefits they bring to their new communities.