This site is designed to provide high quality, relevant, reliable, and timely resources for persons assisting immigrant, refugee, and displaced persons populations and for the members of those populations themselves. We have broke out the contents into sections about Advocacy, Employment, Government Agencies, Health, Legal Aid, Libraries, and Youth and Family. There are also breakouts based on geographic location. You can also search the site and we have used metadata tags to cross reference everything as much as possible.
Please browse around and find the resources that are best for you and your populations.
The Tucson Refugee Ministry partners with a local church group and a resettlement agency to embrace a refugee family for 3 months. The Ministry also provides new arrival care packages filled with essential items for refugee families and offers volunteers training in the process of refugee resettlement.
The Living with a Disability in the United States guidebook (no date) is an illustrated informational booklet in simple English, including a list of disability resources, for refugees and their families. The Serving Refugees with Disabilities guidebook (2007) is a companion resource for resettlement agencies and other service providers. (Scroll down to “Serving Refugees With Disabilities” subheading.) Provided by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, a 501c(3) charitable organization.
This website is an attempt to codify a commitment to refugees by librarians and libraries. It is an ongoing, fluid, and mobile effort to bring information and resources to library services to refugee populations. We are actively soliciting information and partnerships. We want to leverage every bit of influence and pull that we possibly can for these often forgotten new members of our society.
Why do refugees matter? In the case of the United States of America refugees are the backbone of our nation. We are a country built on the principle of getting out of somewhere that sucks and trying a new start. If things are crappy back home, America has always been the land of promise, the shining city on the hill.
A lot of us who work in libraries still believe in all that stuff. We actively want to make it happen for as many people as possible. We believe that libraries as public institutions of trust, privacy, and social diligence are the perfect vector for helping refugees of all kinds.
Please use this space to exchange and develop ideas. Librarians have a lot of talent and ability to apply to this issue. We have a unique place of trust in society that lets us get to the heart of these things. Please set your shoulder to the wheel and help us in what we are doing. If you have refugee populations in your community please reach out to them and use the resources here to help. If you need something that you don’t see here please let us know and we will try and find a solution.
Thank you for the work that you do every day. If you are a refugee who has found this page thank you for your courage. Hold fast, together we shall move forward!