Resources related to pandemic relief, migration trends, immigrant-specific information, and general support from various organizations. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to add to this list. Visit BIMI's Twitter and LinkedIn for additional events, publications, and community resources.
Freedom for Immigrants has developed an interactive map that overlays immigrant detention centers across the US with the spread of COVID-19 cases. There are many different filter options, including the number of deaths in detention, companies contracting with ICE, and immigration bond statistics.
All of us are noticing the dramatic impact of COVID-19 on our lives. As the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, we would like to highlight how ongoing gaps in access to health care and being less likely to be allowed to stay home from work make undocumented folks especially vulnerable during these times. Different groups, like the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, are mobilizing around these issues and have developed useful resource pages, like this COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians overview.
Students and staff in the UC Berkeley community, in addition to their families, can access emergency CalFresh, Food Pantry services, financial support, mental health services, etc. The UC Berkeley Basic Needs Center has compiled a "living document" with all of these services and more.
Psychologist Susan David shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage, and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to listeners' questions from across the globe, she offers ways to talk to your children about their emotions, keep focus during the crisis, and help those working on the front lines.
The Asian Pacific American Student Development Office (APASD) has compiled a resource guide to support students during the shelter-in-place order along with all the abrupt changes and uncertainty students are facing.
The Center for Migration Studies of New York has compiled a page on its website that summarizes the US and global COVID-19 migration-related developments. This page includes policy developments, CMS policy analysis, research, and dispatches about the coronavirus. As the pandemic develops, this page will be updated.
Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, leading scholars and researchers in structural competency are pleased to co-sponsor the webinar, "Structural Competency Innovations & Opportunities in the Era of COVID-19." This webinar is a three-part series that "bridges research on social determinants of health to clinical interventions and prepares clinical trainees to act on systemic causes of health inequalities" in the COVID-19 pandemic. All three parts are available on their website.
In response to the growing need for data around the COVID-19 crisis, UC Berkeley's Othering and Belonging Institute has released an interactive map with multiple layers and metrics that identify regions in California that may face increased risks associated with the pandemic. For example, the map allows users to zoom in on different regions to see the levels of certain particulate matter in the air revealed to increase the likelihood of dying from a COVID-19 infection. The user can then overlay the map with continually updated figures that show the number of coronavirus cases (both per capita and in real terms) for each county, the number of deaths, the number of hospital beds, and other data that help tell a story unique to each region. (See coverage of the mapping tool in SF Gate). In addition, the Othering and Belonging Institute have posted a new collection of infographics to visualize the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on working people and renters in California. The infographics reveal a correlation between infection and unemployment claims, the proportion of racial groups who work in "non-essential" industries which have been shuttered, and the proportion of renters by race.
Social Explorer has unveiled a new COVID-19 dataset which allows users to track confirmed cases, deaths, and the growth rate of the virus on a daily basis. Social Explorer provides access to current and historical United States census data, including all historic decennial censuses and American Community Surveys, as well as other demographic information, such as religious organizations. This census data spans from 1790 to 2010. In addition to serving as a data resource, the web interface lets users create maps and reports to better illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and social change. UC Berkeley students have free access to Social Explorer; instructions to use this database can be found here.
If you are an immigrant in California, the CA State Government has released a guide for what you need to know to protect yourself, your family, and your community from coronavirus. Services and public benefits are available to you, some regardless of immigration status. Special assistance for immigrant Californians who don’t qualify for other programs will be available in May.
Black + Gold Forum: A virtual event hosted by Define American along with MACRO, Gold House, Color Of Change, CAPE, and the UTA Foundation — our fellow agents for change and inclusion — to hear from highly influential Black and Asian pioneers and thinkers. This event will explore how people can foster support and solidarity for two communities to combat the racism and alarming disparities that this pandemic has once again brought to light.
The Center for Migration Studies of New York is hosting a webinar on "Immigrant Detention in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and the COVID-19 Pandemic." The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly spreading throughout the US immigrant detention system and beyond. This webinar covers the conditions in immigrant detention facilities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama; litigation that seeks the release of different populations of detainees; alternatives to detention; and the troubled history of detention in the region.
UC Berkeley has streamlined its student emergency aid process and launched a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund website (login with Berkeley email) to provide assistance with housing, food, medical/health, and technology needs for the Spring 2020 term. All students — including undergraduate, graduate, international, and undocumented students — are eligible to receive funding. These funds are limited and campus will not be able to meet the needs of every student that applies. The university is prioritizing students that have limited or no access to other financial resources and students that may be experiencing higher rates of basic needs challenges, including first-generation, low-income, disabled, and/or LGBT+ students, students of color, parenting students, and/or students in their second to last or final academic term.
Berkeleyside has published a list of resources to access free and low-cost food in the East Bay during the pandemic.
Since the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, the spatial and temporal enormity of the situation has been tellingly conveyed in mapped data visualizations. The best COVID-19 data visualizations are based on the best data - as complete, correct, and current as possible. To read more about mapping and data visualizations for COVID-19, check out the D-Lab at UC Berkeley's most recent blog post here.
Applications for "Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants" are now available for Californians. This program, announced by Governor Newsom, will provide $500 per adult, or a maximum of $1,000 per household, to undocumented persons in California who are not eligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES). The California Department of Social Services has selected twelve immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations to help individuals apply for and receive this disaster relief assistance in their region. To find out which organization is distributing the funds in your region, click here.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, "the vast majority of unauthorized immigrants, except for those with work authorization—such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS)—are excluded from the one-time $1,200 relief checks, including those who file taxes using an IRS-issued Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). The CARES Act also excludes anyone filing jointly with an ITIN-filer, even if that person is a U.S. citizen or green-card holder with an SSN. Thus in families where even one member files using an ITIN, the entire family is rendered ineligible."
The Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley launched a new interactive “heat map” which shows how different states across the country are experiencing disparities in infection and death rates by race, which may offer clues in how state-level policies and underlying vulnerabilities of a region could impact populations differently. The map allows users to toggle between one version showing infection rates, and another version showing death rates, with each state assigned a color based on the level of disparity between any one racial group and that state’s general population.
In a recent New York Times opinion piece titled “Trump Is Using the Pandemic to Flout Immigration Laws,” Lucas Guttentag and UC Berkeley's Stefano M. Bertozzi argue that, “refugees and unaccompanied children are the targets of summary border expulsions.” Professor Bertozzi will be part of a panel of experts organized by CLAS to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic, recent draconian changes in U.S. immigration policies, and conditions in Mexico for migrants and asylum-seekers barred from entering or deported by the United States.
While much of the world’s focus is on disruptions due to COVID-19, conversations about equity in education policy have never been more timely. With major budget cuts inevitable post-pandemic and school accountability systems disrupted, states may find it difficult to develop or sustain important supports for English Learners (ELs). One such support is allowing ELs to take annual state standardized tests in their native language. This webchat marks the release of a new Migration Policy Institute report on native language assessments and will offer participants an introduction to the key policy and practical considerations in their implementation. The panelists also discuss how the likely pivot to computer-based learning—accelerated by the pandemic—could affect decisionmaking.
Following months of rising Central American migration through Mexico to the United States, the U.S. and Mexican governments on June 7, 2019 signed a joint declaration pledging to work together to manage and reduce this irregular migration. The accord effectively marked a new era in the development of Mexico’s immigration enforcement and humanitarian protection systems. Join the Migration Policy Institute on a discussion about the agreement’s one-year anniversary to examine how the accord has reshaped Mexico’s immigration enforcement policies. The panelists will also discuss how the agreement, coupled with U.S. policies designed to narrow access to asylum and both countries’ policy responses to COVID-19, has increased demand for humanitarian protection in Mexico, exposed significant weaknesses in the systems for managing migration and protecting vulnerable migrants, and exacerbated precarious conditions for migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. As both countries face mobility challenges due to the global pandemic, speakers will also explore how these changes may affect the future of U.S.-Mexico relations.
According to a recent Migration Policy Institute Report, about 2.1 million immigrants work in jobs growing, harvesting, processing, and selling food in the United States, serving an essential role in feeding America. While immigrants accounted for 17 percent of all civilian employed workers in the United States between 2014-18, they play an outsized role in food production, making up 22 percent of workers in the U.S. food supply chain. They represent far larger shares in certain food-related occupations, and in particular states. This infographic accompanies a fact sheet that examines the role immigrants are serving in frontline industries responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as their share in industries among those hardest hit by the outbreak.