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Hello ICTC!

We are looking forward to seeing you at our first Quarterly Meeting of 2020. This meeting will take place Thursday, February 6th from 12:30-2:30pm at Lurie Children's Hospital on the 11th floor. Our featured presenters are Christine Achre and Katie Danko. Christine will be presenting on the work of Primo Center for Women and Children and their work with the homeless population. While Katie Danko, Policy Manager for Lurie Children's Office of Government Affairs, will be talking to us about the importance of the 2020 U.S. Census.
South Suburban Family Shelter is hiring:
Satellite Office Childcare Provider
Bilingual Hotline and Shelter Advocate.
To learn more and apply, visit their website by clicking below!
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Notice of Funding Opportunity: Planning Grants To Develop Community-Based Centers With Trauma Services

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is accepting applications for grants to support planning processes to develop community-based centers with co-located services designed to meet the needs of trauma survivors.

Application deadline: February 26, 2020
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Policy Updates:
  • Refugee Patriot Act: This has been introduced and will go to the floor in the next few months. The goal is protecting the refugee ceiling which is currently set at 18,000.
  • Opting In: States have to opt in (organize themselves, prepare documents to Office of Refugee Resettlement) to receive refugees. In Texas (largest refugee resettlement state), the governor stated that he will not opt in. The consequences may include the closing of resettlement agencies.
  • Unaccompanied minors: The administration wants to increase the number of unaccompanied minor beds from 12,000 to 25,000 beds in the next two years. This is not a humanitarian effort, but a business effort.
  • Executive Order: There is another potential executive order to expand the Muslim ban to include countries such as Venezuela, Syria, and Libya. The Supreme Court has banned the executive order and nothing is confirmed. 
  • Public Charge: There is a ban on public charge. The Trump administration wants the Supreme Court to overlook the lower court order and to lift the ban. Refugees and asylum seekers are not affected by public charge. It is important to let the community know that the public charge is blocked and to continue to enroll in All Kids, Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, etc.
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The 2020 Census is quickly approaching, and the Latino Policy Forum is working to create an outreach campaign with other community organizations. It will send uniform, curated, bilingual (English and Spanish) messaging (one-pagers and social media memes) about the importance of filling out the Censes to hard-to-count communities. 

If you would like to receive messaging from the Forum, please fill out their form.
34th Annual IAN Spring Conference
Join Illinois Afterschool Network on Saturday, March 28, 2020 for the 34th Annual IAN Spring Conference Celebration that will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton, 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington, Illinois 61701. A block of rooms have been reserved on the evening of Friday, March 27, at $70 per room. Please call (309) 664-6446 as reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. The last day to register for the conference is the close of business on Monday, March 9, 2020. 
Register Here

The series of four classes is designed to introduce teachers to the ways trauma affects the brain, stress the importance of self-care in preventing burnout among teachers, and provide teachers with tools they can utilize in building a compassionate classroom. 

Introduction to Trauma, Compassion, and Resiliency 
Self-Care for Teachers 

Strategies for Building a Compassionate Classroom
Raising Mental Health Awareness

For additional information, or to schedule workshops, contact James McCombs at (773) 233-2900 or email 

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