Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc.
National Refugee Resettlement Affiliate Network Training and Conference
Alexandria, Virginia ~ May 1-May 2, 2019
DRAFT CONFERENCE PROGRAM
(Please check this page for updates as we confirm times for more sessions)
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., President, ECDC
8:45 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Resilient Communities Plenary
Eskinder Negash, USCRI, President and Chief Executive Officer;
Kit Taintor State Refugee Coordinator for Colorado
10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Conference Concurrent Sessions
Building and sustaining volunteer engagement with refugees
Yasmina Muddares & Merritt Groeschel, Solutions in Hometown Connections; Allison Gasca-Backman, Northern Virginia Family Service
Intro to Evidence Based Services
Floor de Ruijter, International Rescue Committee/Switchboard
Strengths Based Approaches to Trauma-Informed Case Management
Elizabeth Ringler-Jayanthan, ECDC, Dawn Brubaker, St. Thomas School of Social Work & Isabelle Darling, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services.
Implementing Mental Health First Aid Training in Practice
PK Subedi,Health Program Analyst, Office of Refugee Resettlement
11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Performance by Hope Choir of Nations, hosted by Asylee Women Enterprises
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Fundraising and Resource Development
Elizabeth Madjlesi, Candid Community Outreach Manager Candid (formerly Foundation Center and Guidestar)
How Tech Can be used to Help Refugees Build New Lives
Wilson Kubwayo, Refugee Center Online
Alternative Modalities in Working with Refugee Clients: Music Therapy and Yoga
Amy Bliss Tenney, RICH in Music—Refugee Immigrant Connection and Healing; Eleanor Bramwell, Bodywise Foundation
1:00 p.m –1:45 p.m.
Refugee Health Promotion Services
Allison Pauly and Curi Kim; Office of Refugee Resettlement
2:00 p.m–2:30 p.m
Project Untangled: A Model of Psycho-Social Care for Refugees and Trauma Survivors
Dr. Omar Reda, Project Untangled
2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.—4:15 p.m.
Trauma and Resiliency
Richard F. Mollica, MDHarvard Program in Refugee Trauma
Dr. Richard Mollica, Director, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma
4:30 p.m.—5:45 p.m.
Serving Refugee Survivors of Gender-Based Violence and Forced Marriage
Hellitz Villegas, Forced Marriage Initiative Project Associate, Tahirih Justice Center; Sasha Bershad, Immigration and Family Law Attorney, Tahirih Justice Center
Refugee Women’s Peer Support Groups;
Refugee Women’s Peer Support Groups; Emily Bayens and Friba Adeel, African Community Center-DC; Hannah Halbriech, Catholic Charities & Elizabeth Ringler-Jayanthan, ECDC; Alexandra Caudill, ACC-DC
Changing the Narrative of Refugees and Immigrants:
Methods of Confronting the Narratives in Us and around
Bernal Cruz-Munoz & Florian Ezui, RAIN International
Addressing the Untapped Talents of Refugees
Dina Jaffrey, Senior Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist, Upwardly Global; Savannah Hill, Employment and Training Specialist, City of Alexandria Workforce Development Center
Thursday, May 2, 2019
8:00 a.m.—8:45 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m.—10:00 a.m.
Updates from Federal Programs
Lawrence Bartlett, Director, Office of Refugee Admissions, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
10:00 a.m.—10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m.—11:45 a.m.
Empowering Refugee Survivor Leaders
Omar Bah, Executive Director Refugee Dream Center
Clinical Responses to Refugee Distress
Mel Wilson, National Association of Social Workers; Cheryl Aguilar, Hope Center for Wellness
Launching and Strengthening Career Advancement Programs
Daniel Wilkinson, LIRS/Switchboard
Resilient Refugee Youth Voices
Nouf Bazaz, Doctoral Student George Washington University & Panel of Refugee Youth
11:45 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Updates from UNHCR
Anne-Marie McGranaghan, Associate Resettlement Officer
1:00 p.m.—2:15 p.m.
Trauma-Informed Approaches for Serving LGBTQ Refugee Communities
Nouf Bazaz, Doctoral Student, George Washington University
Bridget Burke, Masters Student, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, George Washington University
Examining Gender-Based Violence in the Refugee Context
Dr. Jhumka Gupta, Professor, George Mason University; Skye Wheeler, Researcher, Human Rights Watch; Sasha Bershad, Immigration and Family Law Attorney, Tahirih Justice Center
From Awareness to Action: Enhancing CO at Your Office
Carmel Pryor & Emily Kaiser, Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE)
Mind your bias—how to talk to clients about mental health
Heather Kathrens, Maryland State Refugee Mental Health Coordinator
2:15 pm—2:30 pm
2:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Building Resiliency Through Advocacy and Civic Education
Adamou Mohamed, Community Organizing Coordinator, Church World Service; Noel Anderson, National Grassroots Coordinator, Church World Service Jacqueline Kifuko, Refugee Organizer, Community Refugee and Immigration Services
3:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.