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NILC: Reports from the Field: Harm of Public Charge During the COVID-19 Crisis

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
3:00 pm4:00 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the threats facing immigrants and their families, placing immense stress on families across the country who were already challenged by the Administration’s immigration enforcement, public charge policy, and other extreme and cruel actions on income supports, nutrition, health care, and immigration.

Fear and confusion because of immigration enforcement or immigration status concerns — known as the chilling effect — are causing people to disenroll from programs or forgo benefits for which they are eligible. Now, there is evidence that immigrants and their families have been deterred from accessing necessary economic and nutrition supports and medical treatment for COVID-19 because of immigration enforcement or immigration status concerns.

In this webinar, we’ll hear reports from experts in the healthcare field -- a primary care physician from Massachusetts and medical-legal partnership coordinator from North Carolina -- who will provide a firsthand view of what’s happening and share insights about their work serving immigrants and their families in light of the COVID-19 crisis and implementation of public charge policy changes. We’ll also hear about new research on what’s happening in the broader immigrant-serving field during the COVID-19 crisis, what response efforts have and have not done to support immigrant families, and how organizations have taken action to respond to this crisis. PIF campaign staff will also provide an overview of recommended messages for the public and immigrant families as well as briefly preview an upcoming Train-the-Trainer Toolkit.

Leah Zallman, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Director of Research, Institute for Community Health, Internist, Cambridge Health Alliance
Elizabeth Setaro, MPH, Medical-Legal Partnership Coordinator, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
Hamutal Bernstein, PhD, Principal Research Associate, Director, Program on Immigrants and Immigration, Urban Institute