NJ Refugee & Asylee Healthy Families Conference, Oct. 24

Connections and Directions: The New Jersey Refugee & Asylee Healthy Families Conference: A Holistic Approach

Friday, October 24, 2003

The Conference Center at Mercer County Community College

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, Inc.

International Institute, NJ
Kean University
Monmouth University

Mainstream initiatives and programs, which may prove helpful to non-refugee families often, are not effective with refugee and asylee families. By focusing attention on the unique issues of refugee families and by then providing information and training on existing best practices and developing additional ones, we will be able to insure that more refugee and asylee families are able to access the support they need to maintain healthy,resilient families. Please join grassroots organizations, educators, social service and health care professionals, mental health professionals, refugee and asylee community leaders, students, county and state agencies, among others. Celebrate the cultural diversity of New Jersey with traditional folk artists and performers as they demonstrate their skills and display their arts.

About the Conference Convener: New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, Inc. is a broad-based statewide organization dedicated to a fair and humane immigration policy which ensures respect, dignity and justice for all newcomers to the United States and which betters the life of the community as a whole.

The Healthy Families conference is made possible by generous support from the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Services, New Jersey Division of Family Development, and funds from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, US Department of Health and Human Services.


Registration /Breakfast(8:30a.m.-9:15 a.m.)

Keynote Address (morning) Lavinia Limon

Breakout Sessions (a.m.)

#I. Developing Healthy Families: Achieving Self Sufficiency

#II. Bridging the Gap Between Refugee and Asylee Families & the Public Schools

#III. Assessing Mental Health/Health Needs of Refugee & Asylee Families: Cross-Cultural Considerations

Ethnic Luncheon

Keynote Address (afternoon): Fernando Chang-Muy, Esq.

Plenary: Refugees and Asylees

Reflections, Insights, & Directions

Breakout Sessions (p.m.)

#I. Policy Implications for Refugee and Asylee Families

#II. Mediating Family Issues for Refugees and Asylees

#III. Supporting Resilience in Refugee & Asylee Youth: Expressive Arts Approaches

Building Service Capacity: Resources, Strategies and Next Steps



Registration Form (Please Print)

Connections and Directions:

The New Jersey Refugee & Asylee Healthy Families Conference October 24, 2003



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Fee: $25/person. Students: $10

Mail: Registration form with non-refundable fee (check or money order) payable to: New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, Inc. 972 Broad St., Newark NJ 07102 Registration Deadline October 16th Questions Atoyia Deans at (973) 622-6448

Fax: 973-622-6618 E-mail: adeans@njipn.org

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Posted October 15, 2003