Trauma and Resilience: Supporting Immigrant Children, Their Families, and Our Communities through Collaboration

Thursday, June 15, 2017
1:00 p.m. PDT | 2:00 p.m. MDT | 3:00 p.m. CDT | 4:00 p.m. EDT


If your grantmaker network is interested in co-sponsoring our Monthly Immigration Policy Calls, please contact Caleb Beaudoin.


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 June 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. 



Registration for this event is now closed. 

Calls are open to GCIR members, other grantmaking institutions, philanthropic advisors, and members and staff of funder affinity groups and regional associations of grantmakers. (Participation is limited to organizations that share GCIR’s core values.)

Monthly Immigration Policy Calls

As immigration policy becomes increasingly challenging and dynamic, GCIR is pleased to assume responsibility for the monthly policy calls that Geri Mannion of the Carnegie Corporation of New York has organized for the past few years. Held on the third Thursday of every month, these calls provide an update on timely policy issues affecting immigrants and refugees—with an in-depth look at a topic that is particularly relevant or pressing for philanthropy. At critical junctures, we will also produce written policy updates and resource materials to deepen funders’ understanding of key developments and their implications for philanthropy. Please contact Aryah Somers Landsberger, director of programs, with your suggestions on topics, speakers, and resources to share. 


A special thanks to GCIR members and funders for their support in making this program possible.

Photo: USAG-Humphreys/Creative Commons