Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression: Essential Terminology for the Humanitarian Sector is a language tool that assists humanitarian professionals to communicate effectively and respectfully with and about people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Published by the Organization for Refugee, Asylum, and Migration
A variety of sources that faith communities can utilize in advocacy work for refugees and immigrants. Tools for contacting legislators, building community support, creating sanctuary in faith communities, utilizing the media, and other helpful links.
Developed by the UNHCR to guide staff in developing policies and practices that meet the needs of people with disabilities in forced displacement and protect them from discrimination. The brief report presents an overview of disability and chronic conditions, nondiscrimination and participation as keys to protection, key considerations, and key resources.
Report from the Women’s Refugee Commission detailing positive practices and ongoing challenges to promote disability inclusion across UNHCR’s and its partners’ work in multiple countries and multiple displacement contexts. The report provides lessons and recommendations for other organizations and the wider humanitarian community on engaging persons with disabilities at all levels of humanitarian work. It draws on consultations with over 700 displaced persons—including persons with disabilities, their families, and humanitarian staff—in eight countries. The report includes key protection concerns of people with disabilities, implementation of UNHCR guidance on disability, and institutionalizing disability inclusion across UNHCR operations. It also includes recommendations for advancing disability inclusion in humanitarian action. Report, factsheets, and discussion tool for fieldworkers available in multiple languages and an “easy read” format.
Developing Welcoming Faith Communities. Toolkit and related factsheets for faith-based communities, religious congregations, and mental health organizations that want to connect people with mental health conditions and their families to congregational life. Collection includes a report on the role of peer providers (individuals with similar lived experience who offer counseling and support) in connecting people with mental health conditions to the spiritual community. Developed by Temple University.
The Unitarian Universalist Church is part of the growing Sanctuary Movement comprised of faith and immigrant communities seeking to protect and stand with immigrants facing deportation. Members pledge to protect immigrant families who face workplace discrimination or unjust deportation.
The site maintains a list of Unitarian Universalist congregations and organizations that have pledged to support the New Sanctuary Movement and/or are offering Sanctuary. Includes information on how to become a Sanctuary congregation.
Refugees and immigrants often come to the United States from countries in which the food, diet, and health care systems are quite different from those found in the US. These handouts are designed to communicate basic nutrition information to refugees and immigrants in order to develop positive nutrition and lifestyle habits. Available in many languages: English, Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, French, Haitian, Hmong, Karen, Kirundi, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Vietnamese. Provided by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a 501c(3) charitable organization.
Educates refugees, immigrants, resettlement agencies, clinics, community based organizations, and other service providers on refugee health issues. The toolkit presents material in a culturally appropriate manner and is intended to help health care-related professionals more effectively assist refugees and immigrants and reduce health disparities among these populations. Available in many languages: English, Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, French, Haitian, Hmong, Karen, Kirundi, Nepali, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Vietnamese.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee created this toolkit to help individuals, congregations, campus clubs, and community groups mobilize in support of refugees. Contains four sections on: understanding the world’s refugee crisis, supporting refugees in your community, countering anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry, and advocating for refugee rights and integration. English, pub. 2016.
Amnesty International USA toolkit focuses on the urgent needs of Syrian refugees. Use this to pass a resolution, write a letter to the editor, talk to politicians and neighbors, and advocate for human rights.