Community Resources for COVID-19

We will get through this together! We are here with you!

On March 4, 2020 the World Health Organization declared “coronavirus (COVID-19)” as a global pandemic. We know it’s been a hard couple of weeks for our community. We are surrounded by uncertainty and fear not only over COVID-19, but the ugly truth of racism against our communities that’s coming to harsher light along with this pandemic. 

Our hearts go out to you, we hope you’re doing okay, and we want to assure you that we’re doing everything we can to make sure we’ll get through this safely together.

Now is the time for our immigrant AANHPI community to hold onto each other tighter than ever. We must remember that many of us cannot work from home and are not covered by government aid packages. 

To address these gaps, we’ve created this COVID-19 community resources page.  This list of resources is not meant to be exhaustive, but a good starting point to point our folks in the right direction so that they can get to the resources that they need.

In addition to keeping this list updated, we will also include policy updates in English and Korean that our communities can find on this page below (include posts with the tag corona). If our folks would like more immediate updates and action alerts, join our listserv and follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).

Also, a note to our allies. While we are all impacted by this pandemic, let’s take this moment to think about those who are most directly impacted: poor folks, our elders, people of color, and undocumented immigrants among other marginalized communities. If you see a GoFundMe or Venmo ask from someone on the web, please consider donating to it! It will take the power of community to ensure that we get through this, so let’s help each other out in every way we can 🙂

How we are taking action

  1. We are putting together an emergency fund for low-income undocumented community members! This critical fundraiser will ensure that the most vulnerable in our community are able to pay rent, necessary bills, and provide food for their family on top of other basic necessities.
  2. Sign this national petition that demands that ICE cease ALL immigration enforcement activities. Undocumented immigrants deserve access to public heath safety measures and protection from COVID-19 exposure! It is unconscionable and morally wicked that ICE is continuing to terrorize our community members with check-ins, raids, and detention while a viral pandemic is racking our world. This COVID-19 outbreak serves as yet another reminder of the urgency with which ICE must be abolished NOW. #AbolishICE
  3. Sign this national petition that demands that the Trump Administration automatically RENEW DACA permits expiring in 2020 and STOP the attacks at the Supreme Court. Immigrant youth with DACA need their DACA permits in order to stay protected from deportation and continue working, driving, and providing financial and emotional stability to themselves and their loved ones. Due to the COVID-19 USCIS office closures, we demand that Trump automatically renew DACA permits expiring in 2020 and withdraw the DACA case from the Supreme Court!

Personal actions you can take

  1. Practice good hand washing. Washing your hands often is one of the best ways to prevent sickness. Make sure to wash with soap and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. The CDC has a good resource on hand washing here:  https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html.
  2. When you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.
  3. Cover your nose and month when you cough or sneeze. When possible, use a tissue, and then throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, use the crook of your elbow. Do not cough or sneeze into your hand.
  4. Don’t share items that you put in or near your mouth such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, towels, makeup, etc. Use clean utensils to share food. Wash dishes with hot soapy water after use. Try to minimize the amount you touch your face.
  5. Stay home when you are sick. When sick, it is important to limit your contact with others as much as possible to stop the spread of germs. We must practice good physical distancing to ensure that the most vulnerable in our community (i.e. our elders) are safe! We know that not everyone can afford to stay home. If you are financially able, please donate to our mutual aid fund to help the most vulnerable in our community!
  6. Finally, please take care of each other. This situation brings added stress, and each one of us may react differently at different times. We must support, protect, and love one another! Wash your hands, share your resources to those in need, and don’t be racist!

Geographic specific resources

  1. For our friends in Virginia, please visit this page created by NAKASEC VA to find resources in English, Korean and Vietnamese on select counties and cities in Virginia.
  2. For our friends in Illinois, please visit the following pages created by HANA Center: Know Your Rights during COVID-19 and IL-based resources for COVID-19.
  3. For our friends in New York, please check out this resources page compiled by Make the Road New York and this resources page compiled by Minkwon Center.
  4. For our friends in New Jersey, please check out this information hub page.
  5. For our friends in Pennsylvania, please check out out this resources document put together by Woori Center.
  6. Relief funds for undocumented workers in California
  7. Undocumented worker’s rights (Includes some national, but mainly California focused)
  8. COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians (couresty of California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance)
  9. COVID-19 Mutual Aid Resources (slight LA focus)
  10. Orange County focused COVID-19 resources
  11. Los Angeles focused COVID-19 resources

National community-based resources

  1. Have you experienced anti-Asian racism due to COVID-19? Please use this hate crime reporting portal (courtesy of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council and Chinese for Affirmative Action). 
    1. Available in English, Thai, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese as of March, 24, 2020 (please visit the link for updates on new language forms)
  2. COVID-19 crowd sourced resource spreadsheet for undocumented immigrants
  3. Healthcare access for undocumented immigrant during COVID-19 (courtesty of United We Dream)
  4. COVID-19 crowd-sourced mutual aid projects and resources (other resource pages are linked within this Google doc)
  5. Preparing for Coronavirus: #PowerNotPanic (courtesy of Bay Rising, This resource is targeted for mostly organizer, employers, and advocates)
  6. Interim guidance for homeless service providers (courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  7. Multilingual resources for COVID-19 (over 50 languages within the Google drive)
  8. COVID-19 Mutual aid links
  9. For employers, what to do if ICE comes to your workplace
  10. Resource document for small business, direct cash assistance, and unemployment insurance from the third COVID-19 emergency legislation – or Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

COVID-19 updates

$484 Billion Interim COVID-19 Legislation

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Xenophobia Should Be Suspended, Not Immigration!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 21, 2020    CONTACT: Sam Yu | syu@nakasec.org    “Xenophobia Should Be Suspended, Not Immigration!”  We condemn Trump’s plan to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States, when immigrants are…

Letter to Congress: Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act

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See below the letter that NAKASEC & Affiliates sent to Congress on April 13! We encourage everyone to send similar letters to their Members of Congress!   Dear Representative or…
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