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The United States puts migrants and asylum seekers at greater risk during the pandemic

May 28, 2020 – Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exodus of people in search of asylum was a result of multiple factors including violence, political instability, poverty, lack of decent jobs, environmental degradation as a consequence of climate change and more. These factors continue and are exacerbated by the economic crisis. Migration has not [...]

Now is the time to recognize and create paths to permanence for all those who live, work, and contribute to our communities

May 21, 2020 – Immigrants, particularly those with temporary status or lacking immigration authorization are enduring the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis with limited humanitarian aid and with ever-fewer opportunities to adjust their immigration status. At the same time, they are helping communities with essential tasks while putting themselves at risk of contagion,  [...]

Resilience: key to confronting economic and social uncertainty

May 13, 2020 – The world is dealing with both a public health emergency and an economic crisis. Social distancing measures and stay at home orders intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 have paralyzed economies, with potentially long-term repurcussions. Much of the recent political conversation has centered on establishing proper sanitary measures and protections [...]

Violence and repression on the streets and in the home continues amidst the pandemic

May 6, 2020 - After more than a month of nation-wide curfews and stay-at-home orders as a response to COVID-19, violence and repression both on the streets and in people’s homes have continued in Central America and Mexico, putting the entire population at risk.  Human rights violations are taking place through oppressive government practices as [...]

COVID-19 Human Rights Crisis on Top of Health and Economic impacts

April 29, 2020 - COVID-19 started as a public health emergency but has evolved into something much more complicated, raising serious concerns about human rights across the Americas. Measures to prevent the spread of the virus fall within states’ emergency powers, which are generally used for public disturbances and not for pandemics or economic crises. [...]

Climate Change and Food Insecurity in a time of Pandemic

April 21,  2020 —   In the weeks since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, various media outlets have highlighted positive environmental stories, noting that the closure of factories in China, diminished tourism in Europe, and the cancellation of international flights worldwide was lowering pollution levels, meanwhile stay-at-home orders seemed to be opening up urban [...]

Migrants and Asylum Seekers abandoned or trapped by Government Responses to Pandemic

April 16, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the ability of governments to manage human mobility in times of crisis.  Sadly, the governments of the United States, Mexico and Central America have largely failed that test, betraying a shocking lack of humanity and willingness to ignore their own legal norms, as well as to [...]

Cracks in the system widening as COVID-19 response swings from chaos to crackdown.

March 24, 2020 —  The past week has revealed a range of responses in North and Central America to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has put governments and leaders to the test, along with all of society.  We are constantly reminded of our inter-dependence, and how each person’s individual behavior can affect the entire community.   The coming economic [...]

Pandemic crisis exposes failures in government response and underlying inequalities

March 18, 2020 — With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic declaration on March 11, countries around the world began implementing restrictions in hopes of containing the virus or at least slowing its spread.  Efforts in the Americas started with the closure of schools and universities, cancelation of events, closure of public and private spaces, and restrictions around foreigners entering the [...]

Setbacks in U.S. courts come on top of ongoing anti-immigrant policies and racist rhetoric.

March 17, 2020— As the Trump administration enters its fourth year, it is worth taking stock of the devastating impact it has had on immigrants and people seeking humanitarian protection.  The anti-immigrant drum-beat started early, followed quickly by policies designed to deter, detain, and deport people deemed undesirable by the administration. For a time, some of [...]