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“More than Just Stress” aims to raise awareness among Asian American youth on mental health and wellness

Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services’  Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) program has recently published the third volume of their mental health photonovel series! As part of the Be the One That Makes a Difference  project, the photonovels aims to destigmatize mental health in the Asian American community.

All photonovels are available in multiple languages including ChineseHindiKorean, and Vietnamese in addition to English. You can download the electronic versions of volume 1, 2, and 3 from the AAHI Resource Library

Become a U.S. Citizen Workshops

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is offering free legal assistance to help you apply for naturalization. Download flyers about our upcoming workshop on August 26, 2017.



    • Are at least 18 years old
    • Lived in the U.S. as a green card holder for more than 5 years (3 years if married to U.S. citizen)
    • Have been physically present in the U.S. for more than 2 .5 years (18 months if married to U.S. citizen)
    • Can show you have good moral character
    • Can speak, read and write basic English
    • Can pass a test on the U.S. government and American history
You can VOTE and run for elected office. You won’t ever have to worry about being deported or losing your visa or Legal Permanent Resident status. You could bring your family living abroad to live in the United States more quickly. You will be eligible for a U.S. passport, making travel easy. You can apply for government jobs that requires U.S. citizenship.


Saturday, August 26, 2017 — 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

White Oak Community Recreation Center

1700 April Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Call (202) 393-3572 for an appointment

Promoting a Welcoming Environment for Immigrant Students

The Center for Education Equity (CEE) at MAEC, through their Exploring Equity Issues series, offer this information on this emerging topic of “Providing a welcoming environment for immigrant students.”

Immigrant students face multiple obstacles when adjusting to their new lives in the United States. Their formative years are spent in school and this environment has a profound effect on shaping their future as productive citizens. Schools can help ease their transition and in fact, must.

The US Dept of Education guidelines remind schools that in order to comply with federal laws, they must ensure “that students are not barred from enrolling in public schools at the elementary and secondary level on the basis of their own citizenship or immigration status or that of their parents or guardians.” Once enrolled, schools can find ways to help these students flourish.

Health and Social Service Resources for Montgomery County Residents

Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services’  Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) program has published a printable guide for social service resources in the County.  It is available in 15 languages on the AAHI website or by calling 240-777-4517. These are the most requested languages:

Support Students From Immigrant Families

For many students from immigrant families, the shifts in immigration policy over the past month have been much more than a series of news stories; these students are dealing with tangible anxiety. Not only are teachers tasked with responding to students’ fears and providing the support they need, but also they’re working to address the facts and field students’ questions about the rapidly shifting policies.

The Teaching Tolerance staff of the SPLC has put together a package of resources to help you navigate this topic in your classroom and at your school.

  Here are just a few of the resources you’ll find:

  • A printable poster to let students know they’re welcome at your school
  • A helpful guide for supporting children from immigrant and refugee families
  • Lessons for teaching a variety of immigration topic

Ten Myths About Immigration—Updated!

The Teaching Tolerance staff of the SPLC has updated their Ten Myths about Immigration to respond to the recent executive orders and proposed legislation to limit immigration and acceptance of refugees, educators and students.   The updated version of their popular “Ten Myths About Immigration” feature reflects current statistics and information so you and your students can dispel harmful stereotypes.

Take a minute to read through the article, learn why the statements are false and think about how to talk to students about the realities behind each myth.

How many of these myths have you heard?

      1. Most immigrants are here illegally.
      2. It’s easy to enter the country legally. My ancestors did; why can’t immigrants today?
      3. Today’s immigrants don’t want to learn English.
      4. Immigrants take good jobs from U.S. citizens.
      5. “The worst” people from other countries are coming to the United States and bringing crime and violence.
      6. Undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes and burden the national economy.
      7. The United States is being overrun by immigrants like never before.
      8. We can stop undocumented immigrants coming to the United States by building a wall along the border with Mexico.
      9. Banning immigrants and refugees from majority-Muslim countries will protect the United States from terrorists.
      10. Refugees are not screened before entering the United States.
We hope that, with these facts at your fingertips, you’ll feel more confident leading constructive conversations about immigration and the role that immigrants play in shaping our history and identity as a country

Responding to Hate and Bias at School

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, has developed a Guide for Responding to Hate and Bias at School. The guides is divided into three sections:
  • Before a Crisis Occurs. How can you and other school leaders assess your school’s climate with an eye toward defusing tension, preventing escalation and avoiding problems?
  • When There’s a Crisis. What are the nine key points to consider when responding to a crisis that has been triggered by a bias incident at your school?
  • After the Worst is Over. How can you address long-term planning and capacity building for the future, including development of social emotional skills?

Immigration Forum – Thursday March 16, 2017: Forest Oak Middle School

MCPS and Family Services, Inc’s Linkages to Learning Program presents an Immigration Forum for families and individuals to learn about rights of immigrants and how to protect families.  Free childcare will be provided.  This is a free event, open to the public.  No RSVP necessary. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Forest Oak Middle School (map) 651 Saybrooke Oaks Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Topics covered:
    • General overview of current immigration issues
    • Status of executive orders and what it means
    • What legal options are available
    • Question and Answer session
bi-lingual English/Spanish flyer

Welcome New Neighbors Guide

Faith communities are exploring and establishing partnerships with refugee resettlement agencies based in our area and many are already helping families. “Welcoming Our New Neighbors, Guide for Faith Communities,” presented in May, 2016 by the Faith Community Advisory Council Neighbors in Need Working Group, is a guide to “Welcoming Our New Neighbors. It includes information on “Eight Ways the Faith Community Can Help” refugees. For regular updates on the needs visit the Faith Community Advisory Council’s website. If your community would like more information or a briefing on this initiative, please call or email Patty Larson at 240-355-5140 or

Maryland Passes New Immigration Protection Law

This new law is a major victory for the immigrant rights movement, as it explicitly criminalizing threats to expose an undocumented Marylander’s immigration status by other individuals, such as unethical employers, as a manner of stealing wages, labor, and other items of value. The law will protect immigrants in Maryland from these harmful acts, and in certain cases may qualify an immigrant for a U visa, which conveys a lawful immigration status to victims of a set of qualifying crimes.  Maryland joins California, Colorado, and Virginia as the only other states with similar laws to protect undocumented immigrants. More information about the new law can be found here

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