Self help group – Wankanyakla Self Help Group Thu, 30 Jun 2022 23:56:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Self help group – Wankanyakla Self Help Group 32 32 Ask Sahaj: My partner’s parents disapprove of our same-sex relationship Thu, 30 Jun 2022 23:56:00 +0000
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Dear Sahaj: My girlfriend grew up with very religious and traditional parents. They were very concerned about her Americanization (they are non-white immigrants), and when she became a lesbian, it went very badly.

By the time I met her (early 1930s), she had operated on a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for a decade. She still loves them dearly and decided that they would “do the right thing if given the chance” which seems to mostly involve her telling them about me and then getting upset when they shut it down – or get angry when they don’t react, which she sees as a sign that they are “changing”.

She’s also upset because she thinks I’m judging them, which I am. Honestly, I would be happy never to meet them, and it breaks my heart to see her trying to gain their approval when they are the same parents who have been historically and consistently abusive.

It’s like she hurts herself over and over again, and they live far enough away that meeting them in person isn’t a risk. But, I was born to WASP parents here in the United States, so I know there’s also an added complexity of different cultural experiences. How can I talk to her about it and help her?

— I want to help my girlfriend

I want to help my girlfriend: You are correct that there may be several cultural factors at play. In my work with immigrant children and immigrant parents, there is a common theme of protecting the family’s reputation within the community. It can feel like hiding something that might be perceived as bad for others (i.e. homophobia is still rampant in immigrant communities), and it can feel like pretending everything is fine. well, that’s not the case.

Another common theme in immigrant families is the expectation of a child to be respectful, obedient and of service to their parents. While this isn’t inherently bad, in some cases it can create a dynamic where children are riddled with guilt and shame, which makes self-defense all the more difficult.

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Finally, many immigrant parents fear cultural erasure, especially as their children choose to be in interracial/cross-cultural relationships. Beyond sexuality, I wonder if race is an issue for her parents?

Right now, your girlfriend views your comments on these dynamics as judgmental. It may be a combination of her not being ready to hear them, the way you communicate, and her feeling triggered by conflict or assertiveness because of the abuse she has experienced.

She takes care of her parents and I assume she cares about you, but the two feel at odds. You’ve made your position clear, but it still navigates its cognitive dissonance. Instead of contributing to this, what would it be like for you to support his agency?

Remember that these family dynamics have been normal for her all her life. Not only does she not know differently, but she has to deal with multiple layers of power dynamics, relationship trauma, religious shame, cultural factors, guilt, fear, and abuse.

You love her and want to protect her, but you also need to step back and meet her where she is. While removing the people who are causing the pain and trauma may make sense to you, it may be considered countercultural to your girlfriend. And whether or not she chooses to be in a relationship with her parents, it doesn’t change the fact that she will have to heal from everything.

As a partner, you can validate what she is going through. You can show her what true love, patience, and support looks like through your actions. You can nonjudgmentally challenge her contradictory beliefs and statements by throwing them back at her as facts rather than emotionally charged responses. (For example: “You say your parents can come back, but it’s been 10 years and very little has changed..”)

You can affirm his actions of setting boundaries or talking about you or his sexuality with his parents, even if those moments seem small to you. You can be there for her as she continues to process it all. You can direct her to resources – like a family trauma/abuse therapist, a support group, and trials of other LGTBQ people who share their stories of unsupportive parents. You can communicate how much it hurts you to see her hurt herself, using “I” language instead of “you” or “they” language. You may be more curious about the cultural aspect of what she’s going through (or find more information online – hint: Brown Girl Therapy).

Even if you don’t agree, and even if it hurts to watch, she’ll have to figure it out on her own. You can’t do the job for her. Love can help remind him of his agency, and that can be healing. But if something needs to change, she will have to take responsibility for her role in that change.

Until then, you can try leading with love. You will also need to figure out how you can take care of yourself and ultimately what you can tolerate.

]]> DC council votes to allow medical marijuana patients to self-certify without doctors, as workaround to federal block on recreational sales Tue, 28 Jun 2022 20:33:55 +0000

The Washington, D.C. Council on Tuesday unanimously approved emergency legislation that will effectively create a recreational marijuana market by allowing people to self-certify as medical cannabis patients and access dispensaries. , without the need for a doctor’s referral.

Legislation by Kenyan Council members McDuffie (D) and Mary Cheh (D) cleared the full council in a 13-0 vote.

This effectively allows the district to circumvent a congressional endorsement prohibiting DC from using its local dollars to implement a system for the sale of adult-use marijuana. Voters approved legalizing the possession, cultivation and personal donation of cannabis in the 2014 ballot, but there were no licensed retailers for non-patients.

A similar bill that would also have provided for the cannabis self-certification process was narrowly defeated in April. But the reason for his defeat was largely related to separate provisions in the measure by President Phil Mendelson (D) that would have cracked down on unlicensed companies that use the existing policy to “offer” cannabis to people who buy products. and unrelated services.

These enforcement provisions were not included in the legislation passed on Tuesday. However, the issue was addressed in a resolution attached to the measure. He notes that there are “lower barriers to entry” among “grey” market vendors, as an unregistered person could simply purchase non-cannabis items in exchange for offered marijuana, bypassing the process. application and certification to access approved dispensaries.

There are also safety risks in this market, the legislation notes, because the products are not subject to quality control standards like in the existing medical cannabis program.

“Because these stores operate outside the law, there is no requirement or enforcement of customer registration, including verification that shoppers are of legal age,” the resolution states. “Additionally, for gray market products, there is no guarantee that the marijuana has been adequately tested or labelled, raising concerns that the products could be contaminated or otherwise unsafe for consumers, and that the potency of purchased marijuana may differ from what has been advertised.”

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“On the other hand, a patient wishing to purchase legal medical marijuana from existing regulated dispensaries must meet numerous regulatory requirements,” he says, adding that the onerous registration requirements for eligible patients “ have had real consequences for legal medical dispensaries”. .”

“This emergency legislation only displaces the part of this previous legislation relating to self-certification. Specifically, it would allow medical marijuana patients aged 21 and over to self-certify that they are using marijuana for medical purposes. Patients will still be officially registered in the medical marijuana program, will be issued a patient identification number, and will be registered in ABRA’s private and secure “Metrc” track and trace system. While not a panacea to the problems facing our legal marijuana market, this emergency legislation provides some relief by increasing the ability of medical marijuana patients to access the legal and regulated medical market.

While local lawmakers, as well as the mayor, are eager to officially create a regulated market for adult-use marijuana, they have been prevented from doing so due to a GOP-sponsored congressional spending endorsement that has been renewed annually, specifically prohibiting DC from using its local tax money to set up a recreational cannabis trading system.

But it remains to be seen when that jumper might be lifted.

“Patients who self-certify will still be officially registered in the medical marijuana program, will receive a patient identification number, and will see all reported sales,” Cheh said ahead of Tuesday’s vote. “Permanent legislation to comprehensively update the district’s marijuana laws, including the provision of certification, is currently being drafted by the Board. But in the meantime, it will provide an essential stopgap measure to help legal safe and regulated medical marijuana dispensaries retain and win back patients and protect patients.

Under Democratic control, both houses of Congress have offered to lift Rep. Andy Harris’s (R-MD) jumper in recent years, including in the last spending bill, but the year’s appropriations bill last upheld the ban, and President Joe Biden for the second time proposed a budget that would keep the cannabis restriction.

The measure’s patient self-certification provision would represent a significant expansion of another piece of legislation enacted this year that allows people 65 and older to self-certify for medical cannabis without a doctor’s referral.

Meanwhile, the DC Council unanimously approved a bill this month banning most workplaces from firing or punishing employees for marijuana use.

The legislation, sponsored by Council member Trayon White (D), was first approved by a key committee vote in March before being initially approved by the full body at a hearing in April. It would extend previous legislation approved by the DC Council to protect local government employees from discrimination in the workplace because of their use of medical cannabis.

In 2019, another DC lawmaker proposed a separate medical cannabis reform bill intended to make the patient registration process easier. Instead of having to wait several weeks for regulators to process their medical cannabis approvals, patients would simply file an application with the city’s health department and then be automatically qualified to legally purchase marijuana on an interim basis.

Lawmakers held a joint hearing last year on a pair of bills to allow the legal sale of recreational marijuana and significantly expand the existing medical cannabis program in the nation’s capital.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has been adamant about removing the jumper from Congress and responding to the will of voters by establishing a regulated system for the sale of adult-use marijuana.

The mayor said last year that local authorities were ready to move forward with implementing a legal system for the sale of recreational marijuana in the nation’s capital as soon as they could cross the last “barrier” of congressional interference.

Bowser introduced a cannabis trade bill last year, although his measure is not on the agenda for the November hearing alongside Mendelson’s cannabis legalization proposal.

Last March, a federal watchdog determined that the congressional endorsement blocking marijuana sales in DC does not prevent local officials from taking procedural steps to prepare for the possible reform, such as holding audiences, even if they can’t pass it yet with the pending blockade.

Separately, a group of activists last year announced an effort to pressure local lawmakers to enact broad drug decriminalization, with an emphasis on promoting harm reduction programs, in the national capital. A poll released last year found voters strongly in favor of the proposals.

At the congressional level, Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said in November that she was “closer than ever” to lifting the federal blockade on the cannabis trade in her district.

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The UK faces a huge skills gap – and Big Issue Group plans to do something about it Mon, 27 Jun 2022 05:07:08 +0000

Jon Gregg, a salesman at Big Issue magazine, said, “Selling the magazine helps you regain your self-esteem, your confidence and your life. The tabard is a uniform, when you put it on, you really feel like you can take on the whole world.

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The first new initiative, Big Issue Recruit, is expected to start in the fall. It will help marginalized people find sustainable employment through skills, training and development. They will continue to be supported even after finding a job.

Lord John Bird, Founder of Big Issue, said: “This is an important and exciting next step for Big Issue Group. When I created the magazine, my goal was to cut the throat of poverty, but that can only be done if we focus on innovation, investment and prevention, rather than always having to face the emergency. This new strategy and direction will not only help us support even more people, but it will also allow us to change lives. »

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The Big Issue Group will be supported by new ambassadors Jack Parsons, CEO of The Youth Group and UK Youth Director, and Sherrie Silver, a creative entrepreneur, choreographer and world-renowned activist.

Parsons said: “We need to do more to help young people through these tough times and help them feel like they can ‘win’ at work, in their communities and in society. When I was asked to become an ambassador for Big Issue Group and the mission they embark on to help more at work, I knew I had to be involved and supportive. It will be a time of incredible impact and everyone can play their part to support the new vision over the next five years.

Paul Cheal, CEO of Big Issue Group, added: “Our new Big Issue Group five-year strategy brings together all of our work – from supplier support to parliamentary campaigns, social investment and our campaign journalism. This is an exciting next step for Big Issue Group, which will allow us to support even more people than ever before.

]]> After Roe Decision, Louisiana Abortion Clinic Considers What’s Next Sat, 25 Jun 2022 00:07:15 +0000

When the Tory majority in the High Court struck down Roe v. Wade on Friday, the Hope Medical Center for Women in Shreveport, Louisiana, was packed with patients seeking care.

Some were already in the centre’s waiting rooms. Hundreds more were planned for the next two weeks.

But with Roe now reversed, the dozens of procedures and consultations scheduled for the day had to be canceled on the spot. Louisiana is one of 13 states with trigger laws that ban abortion immediately or in the near future after Roe’s fall.

At Hope Medical Center, one of three statewide abortion providers, staff and patients faced a new reality.

“Some patients are really in shock. Some of our employees cry on the phone with patients. We have a patient who is so desperate she is just sobbing,” said Kathaleen Pittman, clinical administrator at the Shreveport clinic. “It’s difficult. It’s very difficult.”

Pittman said that to date, the clinic has not closed or relinquished its licenses.

“We are certainly there for women who still need us to call and talk, or those who have been in our care and may have follow-up needs. We are certainly not going to abandon them. But I tell you, the air is heavy with disbelief and sorrow today.

The recovery room is seen at Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, Louisiana. Photo taken in February 2020. Photo by Lila Engelbrecht/Reuters

The clinic had already been overwhelmed for months after Texas enacted the nation’s toughest abortion law last fall, sending hundreds of patients to Louisiana for treatment. For now, the clinic is handling a steady stream of calls as staff provide so much information about their options and the availability of other clinics — out of state — that will not be affected by this decision. Louisiana patients wishing to have their pregnancies surgically terminated will have to travel hundreds of miles to Kansas, North Carolina or Illinois, where abortion remains legal, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Pittman said the decision wasn’t just about getting rid of abortion, it was about getting rid of safe access.

“It will make their situation worse, especially for women who cannot get the care they need and deserve and should be entitled to. Some are going to be forced to pursue a pregnancy that they can’t afford,” Pittman said.

She added that there will likely be an increase in the number of women attempting to self-manage their abortions, an increase in emergency room visits, and an increase in pregnancy-related adverse events and maternal mortality.

Louisiana’s maternal mortality rate is the second highest in the nation, according to 2018 figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to state figures, the rate is about four times higher for black mothers than for white mothers. The state also has the fifth highest infant mortality rate in the United States.

David Schmit, spokesperson for Lift Louisiana, a women’s and children’s advocacy group, said the decision would have “potentially devastating effects” on certain groups of people.

“Let’s be clear, this decision will not prevent privileged, predominantly white people from accessing abortion services. Instead, it allows the state to continue to oppress black, indigenous and other people of color, low-income people, youth, people living in rural areas and other marginalized communities d ‘access abortion care,’” Schmit said in an email. “This oppression is rooted in anti-black racism, white supremacy, patriarchy and misogyny.”

Patient records are organized on a shelf at the Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport

Patient records are organized on a shelf at the Shreveport clinic. Photo taken in February 2020. Photo by Lila Engelbrecht/Reuters

Friday’s decision triggered a law passed by the state legislature in 2006 that imposes an immediate ban on all abortions in Louisiana, except in cases where childbirth would threaten the life of the mother. There is also no exception for rape or incest.

Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who is quick to support strong anti-abortion laws, called for resources to be provided to women affected by the High Court ruling.

“I am and always have been staunchly pro-life and anti-abortionist,” Edwards said in a statement shortly after the ruling was released. “Being pro-life means more than just being against abortion. This means providing the necessary resources and implementing policies that offer real options and not just empty words to children, women and families.

Edwards said it was essential that Louisiana fund services to support women, children and families throughout their lives.

At least two rallies were planned in New Orleans on Friday night as abortion advocates react to the fallout. Many fear the decision will disproportionately affect women of color and marginalized communities.

New Orleans musician and activist Arsène DeLay believes lives are in danger. A new generation of activism is needed, she said.

“All we have is each other, and it will take full community involvement to prevent the desperation of not having access to reproductive health care from causing self-inflicted harm, and a death rate even higher among young girls, women and the LGBTQ community,” she says.


Activist Arsene DeLay speaks at an abortion rights rally in New Orleans on October 2, 2021. Photo by Bobbi-Jeanne Misick/WWNO

DeLay said she hopes people will take this time to donate to local abortion funds, volunteer as clinic escorts and, most importantly, support people and organizations who are already doing work.

“There is no need to try to reinvent the wheel,” she added.

Meanwhile, anti-abortion activists in the state celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to end constitutional abortion protections that had been in place for nearly 50 years. Democratic State Rep. Mandie Landry of New Orleans lamented the news that state shutdowns were already in effect in Shreveport, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

“They are closed. If they provide abortion care, they go to jail, are arrested or heavily fined.

In this legislative session, lawmakers passed even stricter abortion laws that increase penalties but exempt pregnant women from persecution. Medical abortions, which now account for half of all abortions, according to the Guttemacher Institute, are illegal in Louisiana.

While Pittman is angry with conservative Supreme Court justices, she blames it on state lawmakers.

“As far as what we are facing in Louisiana, I have never been more ashamed of my condition than I am today,” she said shortly after the ruling. “If we had people in our state legislature who were in tune with what our citizens want and if they were in tune with the needs of their citizens, we wouldn’t be in this predicament. Roe wouldn’t matter.

Instead, state lawmakers “showed blatant disregard for their citizens, especially people of color and marginalized communities,” she added.

Members of Louisiana Right to Life applauded the High Court’s decision and told a press conference that it had compiled an extensive list of resources for pregnant and parenting mothers at several parenting centers. However, critics say anti-abortion groups like Louisiana Right to Life rarely support bills aimed at helping women and families, including an increase in Louisiana’s minimum wage, which would significantly improve the economic situation of patients. seeking treatment.

Still, at a Friday press conference, Benjamin Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, said his group was “ready to help women into a post-Roe abortion-free future.”

“Today is a great day. A celebration where we can now protect the rights of unborn children. We can protect their lives under the law,” Clapper said. not finished.With an abundance of public and private resources, Louisiana is ready to support women and children before and after birth.

In Shreveport, Pittman said his clinic is considering other legal options, but for now it’s focused on women who are confused by the news and staff who have seen their work come to an abrupt halt.

“Even though we anticipated bad news, it was actually even worse than I anticipated. It’s devastating. It really is. We had to go into comfort mode with some of the patients,” Pittman said.

She said staff at the center were trying to reach their patients to make sure they got the news – and their scheduled appointments had now been cancelled.

“It’s very difficult though because we have patients who are really scared of what’s going to happen now.”

As Supreme Court nears abortion ruling, Arizona advocates brace – Reuters Thu, 23 Jun 2022 00:15:57 +0000

With the Supreme Court expected to issue a major ruling on abortion rights by the end of the month, protesters from both sides of the abortion debate have appeared in court in recent weeks on days when judges gave opinions. (Photo by Neetish Basnet/Cronkite News)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling restricting or overriding abortion rights within days, but Dr. Phoenix DeShawn Taylor has been preparing for months.

“I’ve been doing this since the Supreme Court took the case to begin with because in my mind I thought, why would the Supreme Court take the case (if) they weren’t going to seriously consider overturning Roe V Wade,” Taylor said, referring to the 1973 Supreme Court decision that recognized the right to abortion.

A decision overturning Roe could come as early as Thursday, when the court could issue its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case challenging Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

A leaked draft of the Dobbs decision in May appeared to show a majority of justices agreed that Roe “must be struck down” because abortion is not constitutionally protected. The court may ultimately back away from that stance, but Taylor and other advocates are bracing for an outright ban on abortion.

“For my practice, overthrowing Roe V. Wade would essentially prevent the availability of abortion care at this clinic,” said Taylor, a gynecologist owner of Desert Star Family Planning in Phoenix.

So she and other advocates have built networks to educate and provide reproductive services and resources — including the ability to transport patients to other states where abortion may still be available.

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The Guttmacher Institute has identified Arizona as one of 20 states where abortion could be banned outright if the court overturns Roe. That’s because there’s a pre-Roe law in the books from 1901, when Arizona was still a US territory, that prohibited abortion except to save a woman’s life.

But the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona said it wasn’t automatic: ACLU spokeswoman Amanda Mollindo said the 1901 law was finally in effect in 1973 and would bind legal action to reinstate this law, which had been imposed by the courts in 1973.

And Arizona this spring passed a law mimicking Mississippi law: It would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions only in cases of medical emergencies for the mother. This measure, signed on March 30 by Governor Doug Ducey, could come into effect this fall.

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, an anti-abortion advocacy group, says her organization supports the 1901 law. of Arizona” and “would oppose any effort to enact abortion rights, whether through the courts, through ballot measures, or through the legislature.”

If abortion is banned in Arizona, abortion advocates in the state have said they will continue their work to “address the needs of women who find themselves pregnant.” That includes nearly 50 pregnancy resource centers in Arizona that “stand ready to love women and their unborn children,” Herrod said.

Maria Birnbaum, Arizona state director at Susan B. Anthony List, an abortion advocacy group, said that with the support of crisis pregnancy centers and state resources for families, women do not have to “choose to be homeless”, but can obtain the resources necessary to give birth.

She said the centers typically work with mothers for several years after the birth, to provide “support, parenting classes, job training… It’s really amazing the different kinds of programs that exist here.”

The Supreme Court could simply restrict Roe v. Wade, her 1973 opinion that recognized the right to abortion, but many believe she could overturn Roe with her ruling this month in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. (Photo by Neetish Basnet/Cronkite News)

Abortion rights advocates say these centers provide misinformation and do not offer all options, including abortion, to pregnant women. They are putting their energies into continuing to make abortions accessible, even if that means helping “to move people from state to state to get their care.”

The Guttmacher Institute estimates that the current driving distance to get an abortion in Arizona is 11 miles. That would increase to 250 miles if there was an abortion ban in the state.

Eloisa Lopez, executive director of Pro-Choice Arizona, said building its network of volunteers and other abortion funds at the regional and local levels “has been a priority for the organization over the past year. elapsed”. Her organization operates the Arizona Abortion Fund and the Rural Access Project, which provides assistance to those currently seeking abortions in the state.

“It’s a priority for us because the reality is that a lot of people won’t be able to travel out of state if they don’t have some kind of financial system to make it happen,” Lopez said.

Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist, a member of the Tucson Abortion Support Collective, said she was looking for ways to change direction after Roe.

“It could look like running transportation networks to get people out of state to clinics in New Mexico, Colorado and California,” said Tarver-Wahlquist, whose group works with the Abortion Fund of Arizona. . “It could look like funding, a big fundraiser, because people are going to have to face even more costs. Travel costs and anything beyond the cost of the abortion itself.

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Elizabeth Nash, a state policy analyst for the Guttmacher Institute, along with other advocates, say reversing Roe would have a more negative effect on communities of color and low-income people “who have been systematically oppressed and have less access to health care”.

“If you’re white and richer, you can get an abortion,” Nash said. “You’ll be able to pull together the funds, and you’ll have an easier time navigating all that logistics and detail and travel.”

Proponents worry that those without the resources may turn to other measures, such as self-sourced drugs that can disguise an abortion as a miscarriage. Taylor said she was trying to figure out how to respond if such a patient came to her clinic for care if things weren’t going well in such a situation.

Taylor said she “should seek legal counsel about the laws and the level of risk associated with certain types of pregnancy-related activities because I have absolutely no interest in going to jail for trying to help the people”.

But she wants to do everything she can to keep helping people. Taylor said she still takes appointments for abortion services and would keep her practice open in the event of a ban because it provides “other than abortion care.”

“I thought it was important for the community to know that my clinic exists, that my clinic provides the full range of family planning services in terms of reversible contraception as well as abortion care,” Taylor said.

MHPSS Specialist – Lviv, Ukraine Tue, 21 Jun 2022 09:36:40 +0000


HIAS Ukraine is seeking to recruit 12 MHPSS Specialists who will be responsible for providing direct MHPSS services to refugees and IDPs in a timely and efficient manner. This position will also facilitate MHPSS capacity building activities for HIAS staff and key stakeholders. The responsibilities of the MHPSS Specialist will also include performing individual assessments, case management, and ensuring individuals receive the appropriate level of care. MHPSS Specialists will be required to track the impact of assistance provided to all clients and will work under the supervision of an MHPSS Officer.


  • In close coordination with the MHPSS Officer, establish standard operating procedures for the provision of MHPSS support to refugees and IDPs.
  • In close coordination with the MHPSS officer, develop a brief assessment to identify emergency psychosocial needs.
  • Provide culturally sensitive MHPSS support (individual and group) to refugees and displaced people in distress, including children and young people, caregivers and other vulnerable people.
  • Provide culturally appropriate PSS and positive parenting skills for parents and guardians.
  • Conduct awareness of mental health and psychosocial services through evidence-based psychoeducation and skills building activities for HIAS and implementing partner
  • Support community self-help groups and network with existing community structures and other partners for referral and networking purposes.
  • In coordination with the MHPSS Officer, develop links with other service providers to promote quality referral pathways; establish appropriate referral mechanisms and ensure appropriate follow-up for vulnerable people.
  • In coordination with the MHPSS Officer, provide crisis assessment, response and support to HIAS and implementing partners.
  • Ensure adherence to case management and reporting requirements, including data protection and safeguard principles.
  • Support the identification of training needs and ensure appropriate training is provided to frontline HIAS and Implementing Partner staff.
  • Promote mental health and psychosocial support within affected communities using appropriate technical tools, trainings, leaflets, guidelines and other relevant materials.
  • Assess, identify and analyze responsive community interventions aimed at building resilience and self-reliance.
  • Provide periodic reports on MHPS services and client progress.
  • Provide input for the review of current program services and explore ways to introduce new service interventions
  • Other duties as needed.


  • Degree in psychology, sociology, social work, anthropology or related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years working in MHPSS programming; preference for candidates who have previous experience providing direct services to vulnerable refugee and migrant populations in emergencies.
  • Demonstrated experience in operationalizing MHPSS Global standards and principles, including knowledge of IASC and other international humanitarian standards for MHPSS programming.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients.
  • Experience in capacity building, including facilitating diversity and inclusion, community training and outreach.
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills required.
  • Responsible, professional and honest.
  • Ability to work with people from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work effectively with teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian/Russian.
  • Strong computer skills, especially in Microsoft Office.


We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our best to respond to each candidate. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who do not advance. Here is an overview of our hiring process:

Step 1: Submit your application!

Step 2: Telephone screening with a HIAS recruiter.

Step 3: Video interview with hiring manager.

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees.

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey.

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening.

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS!

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary and not all applicants will progress through each stage.


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Parents Raising Compassionate, Self-Aware Children Do 4 Things When Talking About Race: Parenting Expert Sun, 19 Jun 2022 14:30:01 +0000

Many parents don’t realize that children recognize the breed at a very young age. In fact, research shows that at six months they notice racial differences; preschoolers exhibit “group” bias when choosing playmates; and in elementary school, children recognize the inequality of power in skin color.

Raising children aware of social justice issues requires open and honest conversations and modeling inclusive practices. Of course, there’s no surefire way to discuss the intricacies of breed.

This is why, as a teacher who teaches the development of racial identity, I always tell parents to be prepared for an ongoing and sometimes messy conversation. Yet the effort to create more belonging, inclusion and compassion in the world is worth it.

Here are four things parents who raise compassionate, inclusive, and self-aware children do when talking about race:

1. They are open about race

Children note physical differences, including skin color, facial features, hair color and texture. Creating categories is how they make sense of the world and attempt to name and rationalize those differences.

If your child notices and comments on someone’s skin color, support their curious questions and comments: “Hmmm, you’re right. That’s a great observation. It’s nice to see different people and skin types. .”

It’s also good to talk about the “why” and the “how”: “Did you know that everyone’s skin color is different because of the amount of melanin in their body? The more you have, the darker your skin. When you have less melanin in your body, your skin will look clearer.”

2. They unpack stereotypes

Our race and ethnicity are part of our identities and give us pride and a sense of belonging. But it’s also important to note that race is a constructed concept that has changed over time.

Race has been used throughout history to give unfair privilege to some groups while harming others. We all have biases and these ideas are passed on to our children through everyday interactions.

Talk about your own biases and stereotypes your children may have internalized: “Sometimes we make assumptions about people based on their race or gender. Have you done this before? Let me tell you about a time I did and how I remembered being aware of it.”

These times can be a great way to practice vulnerability and compassion with your children.

3. They create space for change

Anti-racism is the practice of actively working to eliminate the unfair treatment of people because of the color of their skin. It is the dismantling of laws, policies, attitudes, behaviors and practices that are unjust and inequitable.

The goal is to actively fight racism, not to be complacent in your position of belief in fairness. Support your child’s natural desire to help others with thoughtful conversations: “Sometimes we need to talk when things aren’t right, even when it’s hard. It’s okay to tell me you’re scared. I’m scared too.”

Another example of what you might say: “When you stand up for people who are different from you and want the world to be better for them, you become an ally. An ally is like a good friend who always makes sure you is treated fairly and is always on your side.”

Action, no matter how small, is the foundation of anti-racist work.

4. They prolong the conversation

Children rely on their existing schema to make sense of the world. Each time you reinforce your values ​​around race or racism, you allow them to make connections and reorganize their existing knowledge.⁠

The more gaps you see in your children’s knowledge, the more you know what specific conversations are needed.

Ask open-ended questions to see what they know, what they need to learn, and where more dialogue is needed: “Can you tell me more?” “What else do you know?” “Can you explain this idea to me? “How does that make you feel?” “What would you do?” “How can we help?”

When mistakes happen, reflect, apologize if necessary, be kind to yourself, and reaffirm that you are committed to learning and growing.

Dr Traci Baxley is a teacher, parenting coach and author of “Social justice parenting: How to raise compassionate, anti-racist, justice-minded children in an unjust world.” An educator for over 30 years with degrees in child development, elementary education, and curriculum, she specializes in diversity and inclusion, anti-bias programs, and social justice education. . Follow her on @socialjusticparenting.

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Woman dies after paddleboard incident on Colorado River Fri, 17 Jun 2022 08:37:40 +0000

A woman died and five others had to flee after the group got into “trouble” on the Colorado River while using a pleasure craft.

In a news release Wednesday, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said it responded to a group of six people in need of assistance on the Colorado River around 1:45 p.m. that afternoon.

The group was using a paddle board, kayak and river raft and got into “trouble” near the 5th Street Bridge along the river.

Five people in the group were able to save themselves by heading to an island. A person on a paddleboard, however, was reported missing.

The sheriff’s office said a lifeboat was launched and the missing woman was found unconscious and not breathing.

“She was immediately taken ashore, where lifesaving action was taken,” the sheriff’s office said. The woman was then taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.

The other five people were helped back to shore by rescue teams.

In a later update, the sheriff’s office said the woman, whose name has not been released, died.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office would determine the cause and manner of death and release the person’s name “if appropriate,” the sheriff’s office said.

“The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office wishes to extend its sincere condolences to his family,” he said.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are still unclear.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office has emphasized the importance of wearing life jackets when out on the water. “Also, please do NOT use a leash on a riverboat unless it has an escape feature,” he added.

Alumni group receives $500,000 grant to advance free expression on campus Wed, 15 Jun 2022 16:58:24 +0000

The MIT Free Speech Alliance, formed after MIT canceled a guest lecture by geophysicist Dorian Abbot, will use the grant to expand its staff and support more programs on campus. (Marcio Jose Bastos Silva /

by Connor Murnane

June 15, 2022

When MIT bowed down to a crowd of students, alumni, faculty and others — some of whom had no connection with the institution — demanding the cancellation of a speaker, the college could not have imagined the movement that would arise from the disinvitation.

In October 2021, MIT rescinded its invitation to the University of Chicago geophysicist Father Dorian speak at its annual meeting John Carlson Lecturehosted by the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Abbot’s lecture was on the guillotine simply because he wrote a editorial widely critical of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. In the article, he argued that DEI “violates the ethical and legal principle of equal treatment”.

While Abbot claimed his speech would make no mention of affirmative action or the DEI, his opponents believed that this unique op-ed spoke more to his dignity to speak on a college campus than the roughly 80 scientific publications listed on his curriculum vitae.

The public outcry over this cancellation was swift and fierce. FIRE questioned what MIT stood forthe Alliance for Academic Freedom challenged MIT’s commitment to free inquirythe heterodox Academy awarded Abbot its Open Inquiry Courage Award 2022more than 150 MIT professors signed a petition urging the institute to adopt the Chicago Principles, and MIT alumni came together to form the MIT Free Speech Alliance. In addition, the MIT administration created a Ad Hoc Working Group on Free Expression comprised of faculty and administrators tasked with investigating the state of free speech on campus and charting a way forward.

The MFSA does not see this as a final victory, but simply as the first step towards creating a university culture of free expression.

FIRE previously covered the launch of the MFSA and its affiliation to the national organization, the Alumni Free Speech Alliance. Since its inception, the MFSA has been committed to “upholding MIT’s support for freedom of expression, open inquiry, and diversity of viewpoint.”

With a recently announced grant totaling $500,000 of the Stanton Foundationthis group of MIT graduates is the first free speech alumni organization to win a grant of this caliber, proving that their movement is here to stay.

Seed grant will support freedom of expression

The Stanton Foundation has a long history of supporting First Amendment work, including here at FIRE. “Frank Stanton was a strong advocate for the First Amendment’s protections of freedom of thought and speech,” Stanton Foundation spokesman Steve Kidder said in the MFSA press release. “MFSA’s goals align directly with the principles and values ​​that Frank Stanton held so deeply.”

MFSA President Chuck Davis, 1987, said, “This generous seed grant will set us on the path to self-sustaining growth. Over the past few months, MFSA has amassed over 800 supporters and in the weeks since this grant was announced, they have seen a rapid increase in subscribers. Davis added:

These funds, along with donations from alumni, will allow us to hire professional staff to complement our large team of dedicated volunteers, expand and strengthen our free speech programming and awareness, and support our watchdog activism, helping MIT to remain the premier engineering and research institute in the world despite the opposing cultural forces that threaten all American universities.

In a phone interview with FIRE, Davis explained how this grant will be used over the next two years. As well as hiring staff, the MFSA will update and revamp its website to streamline its messaging and subscriber engagement, organize and host a free speech conference in Cambridge, co-sponsor and help organize a debate on campus on the institution’s DEI policies, implement a lecture series, and reach 1,000 members.

Like FIRE, Davis thinks the MFSA needs to focus on change the culture on campus. The alumni group intends to support and promote on-campus programs that teach the importance of free speech to all institute constituencies. A recent MSFA newsletter suspects that MIT, named Ad Hoc Working Group on Free Expression is about to publish his work and is said to have “done a good job”.

The MFSA does not see this as a final victory, but simply as the first step towards creating a university culture of free expression. Beyond the current climate at MIT, Davis said, “We seek to engage, educate, and inspire each generation of future leaders during their time at MIT. We are definitely building for the long term.

FIRE commends the members of MSFA for their dedication to promoting and preserving free expression in their alma mater, as well as the Stanton Foundation for enabling these alumni to continue their critical work.

We invite you to join the MIT Free Speech Alliance and subscribe to FIRE Alumni Newsletter. Together we can hold our colleges and universities accountable to the principles on which they were founded.

28 projects announced by CM still to start in Karnal district : The Tribune India Tue, 14 Jun 2022 02:39:34 +0000

Tribune press service

Parveen Arora

Karnal, June 13

Work on 28 projects announced by the chief minister, including 15 from the last term of the BJP government, has yet to start in the district.

99 for Gharaunda

No fewer than 99 announcements were made for Gharaunda. Of these, 82 have been completed, 14 are in progress and three are still pending.

Pending projects will start soon

I went up the file with the high authorities of the departments concerned on the projects in difficulty. I hope the current projects will start soon and the current projects will accelerate. Anish Yadav, Deputy Commissioner

Most of them are either pending with higher authorities for approval of plans, or non-availability of land and/or other reasons. Reportedly, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had made 514 announcements from 2014 to date for the district, one of his constituencies represented by Khattar himself.

Of these, 423 have been completed and work on 63 announcements is in progress. The deadline for some of the projects, on which work is underway, has already passed, an official said.

The CM had announced a maximum of 136 projects for the Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board (HSAMB), followed by 102 from PWD B&R, 63 from Panchayati Raj, 38 from Department of Urban Local Bodies, 26 from Irrigation, 22 from Department of health, 18 from Secondary. Education, 15 Sports, 13 Transportation, Higher Education and HSVP.

Of the pending development works, seven at most are for Panchayati Raj, followed by five for PWD B&R, four each for HSAMB and Sports, three for Urban Local Bodies, two for Transport, one for Irrigation, Education primary and civil aviation, he added. .

The CM had made 117 announcements for the constituency of Karnal. Of these, 88 have been completed, while 16 are in progress and 13 are pending. Likewise, he announced 112 for the Nilokheri Assembly segment. Of these, 90 have been completed, 15 are in progress and seven have not yet started.

No fewer than 99 announcements were made for Gharaunda. Of these, 82 have been completed, 14 are in progress and three are pending. Out of 94 announcements for the Assandh segment, 79 have been completed, 12 are in progress and three are pending.

The CM had announced 92 projects for the Indri segment. Of these, 84 have been completed, six are in progress and two have yet to start, an official said. The expansion of the aviation club was announced by the CM after it was taken over, but due to lack of available land, the work could not start.

Similarly, a district-level training center for self-help groups in Bastara has also been announced, but due to a land issue, it is still pending. A badminton hall was to be built in the Karna stadium, but the works could not start because the design of this project is awaiting approval by the higher authorities.

The land for the bus stop in Nilokheri has been finalized, but its design is also awaiting approval from higher authorities, sources said. Construction of a rest home for disabled people at ITI Chowk is underway.

Similarly, the Karnal-Meerut road widening works are also behind schedule which was February 2022, the sources claimed.

Anish Yadav, deputy commissioner, said he had recently reviewed all announcements from the CM and would review progress again after 15 days. “I discussed the problems that certain projects are facing with the high authorities of the departments concerned. Hopefully the pending projects will start soon and the ongoing projects will ramp up in the next few days,” the DC said.