The pandemic we are facing is presenting us all with new challenges, but across the globe, refugees, asylum-seekers, and Indigenous Peoples forced from their lands due to climate change are among the communities experiencing this global health crisis most acutely.
We know that for so many, the threat of COVID-19 is not the only threat to their safety or basic human rights. This pandemic is only compounding the systemic inequities and human rights issues that have existed long before the outbreak. That is why we are committed to working in solidarity with our grassroots partners to continue to confront the injustices they have been fighting for years, while pivoting some of our support to address the immediate needs brought on by COVID-19.
During this time of crisis, UUSC’s commitment to working in eye-to-eye partnership with those directly impacted by injustice is what allows us to respond both thoughtfully and quickly. Here are just a few examples of how we’ve transitioned our support in light of the pandemic:
- At the U.S.-Mexico border, UUSC quickly dispatched an emergency grant to our partner, Al Otro Lado (AOL), to help them shift their free legal services for migrants to digital platforms. With AOL’s asylum application and know-your-rights workshops now online, they are even able to expand their reach beyond the immediate U.S.-Mexico border.
- In Georgia, UUSC provided a grant to the New Sanctuary Movement-Atlanta (NSM) to purchase supplies including disinfectant spray and wipes, face masks, toilet paper, paper towels, medicines, and food for undocumented families, who were unable to obtain basic resources to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In Bangladesh, we’ve begun a new partnership with a grassroots organization working to deliver COVID kits with soap, masks, and medicine to families living in the world’s largest refugee camp after fleeing a brutal campaign of genocide at the hands of the Burmese military.
At this time, we do not have a restricted crisis response fund for COVID-19, but additional resources are being distributed to existing partners to address additional challenges brought on by the pandemic. You can support this work by making a gift today!