GCIR monthly policy call update

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) is hosting monthly policy briefings for funders who want to know how immigration policies are changing and how they impact the communities you may fund. GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington is co-sponsoring the next call, on May 18, along with Forefront, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, International Human Rights Funders Group, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Neighborhood Funders Group, Northern California Grantmakers, Peace and Security Funders Group, Philanthropy New York, San Diego Grantmakers, and Southern California Grantmakers.

“Trauma and Resilience: Supporting Immigrant Children, their Families, and Our Communities through Collaboration.” 

Immigrant and refugee children, as well as children of immigrants, face not only the common challenges of childhood, but many unique burdens. They could lose a parent or caregiver to deportation, possibly forcing them into foster care, or be placed in deportation proceedings themselves. Everyday decisions, like registering for a school lunch program, are now perceived as potential risks–an additional stress on parents that also impacts children. Rising xenophobia and racism may challenge their sense of identity and belonging. Many such children have already experienced trauma in their lives, yet also have great strengths and resiliencies. Over the past four months, collaborative efforts have sprung up across the country among a wide variety of stakeholders—health care providers, educators, pediatricians, early childhood providers, counselors, psychologists, immigrant rights, child advocacy, and racial equity advocates—on how best to provide mental health support to children in the current policy environment.

GCIR’s May Monthly Immigration Policy Call will delve into the policy issues impacting immigrant and refugee children, and children of immigrants and refugees; examine the role of trauma-informed approaches to support children and their families and build upon their strengths; and explore funder approaches to incorporating mental health services for children and their families in communities. 

Learn more at gcir.org.