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9 Essential Resources for Migrant Workers Affected by COVID-19
At Hope TBI, our mission is to offer guidance and support to those affected by traumas of any kind. This includes physical, mental, and emotional traumas sustained before, during, or after your migration to the United States — or as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. As such, the nine links below will connect you with the different resources that may be available to you amid COVID-19 — especially if you’re facing deportation, struggling to find work, looking for medical testing, or need help putting food on the table.
Medical, Unemployment Insurance, and Employment Resources
These three resources will help you to understand your rights as a migrant worker during COVID-19 — and find new work opportunities if you’ve lost your job.
- Understand the rights of immigrant workers during COVID-19, including your eligibility for unemployment insurance payments and free coronavirus testing.
- Learn how to protect yourself during the pandemic, where to get tested if you suspect you may have COVID-19, and what to do if you’ve lost your job or had your hours reduced at work.
- Look for suitable freelancing and contracting opportunities with these tips and resources from Immigrants Rising.
During the coronavirus crisis, migrant and undocumented workers can benefit from the following financial assistance programs.
- Explore the different immigrant response funds that may be available to you and your family during the pandemic.
- Contact your state’s Social Services Agency to check your eligibility for food, cash, or child care assistance.
- Locate a food bank near you if you’re struggling to put food on the table due to job loss or any other reason.
Whether you’re facing deportation or need one or more legal documents translated into your native language, these three resources can help.
- Visit Informed Immigrant to find a complete list of regional and national resources for immigrants during the coronavirus crisis. You’ll find resources on financial assistance, mental health, healthcare, education, housing, and more.
- Look for top freelancers to help with everything from translating and understanding legal documents to handling the legalities of deportation proceedings.
- Facing deportation but can’t afford to hire a lawyer? Look for free or low-cost legal assistance.
The coronavirus pandemic has been devastating for the U.S. economy, and billions of lives have been disrupted in one way or another. With the nine resources above, hopefully you’ll have all the information you need to find new work opportunities, get tested for COVID-19, obtain legal counsel, and make ends meet during this unprecedented time.
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