We hope you are keeping safe amidst so much fear and insecurity around the world with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. In these unprecedented times, our communities are hurting. Our Southeast Asian American (SEAA) elders are more vulnerable than ever before to physical illness. Our loved ones with final orders of removal are facing heightened targeting by ICE, which now seeks to focus removal efforts on those with criminal records. Our children have lost the safety and security that their classrooms and teachers provide for them in their schools. And like all Asian Americans around the country, we face additional fears of racist words and acts due to hateful rhetoric around the origin of this virus.
In response to the growing needs of our community for rapid response resources, we’ve created this page as a landing place for tools and resources offered by our partners, within and outside of our coalition, that are AAPI and SEAA community specific. These include: federal, state-by-state (where available), toolkits, samples of social media graphics and posts, victim support, and mutual aid networks. Also, there are some in-language resources for wellness and health, and various hate crime reporting tools.
Please let us know if there are resources not listed here, that you would like to see included by filling out this Google form.
*NOTE: Please feel empowered to share these resources widely!*
Table of contents
1. Mutual aid networks
2. In-language COVID-19 factsheets and resources
3. Federal resources and public charge information
4. Community resources for undocumented immigrants
6. Hate crime rapid response
7. Campaigns against deportation and detention
8. Grief and mental health support
9. COVID-19 updates
10. COVID-19 federal stimulus bill FAQs
Mutual aid networks nationwide
Mutual aid is a voluntary exchange of resources and services in a community, self-organized to expedite and get urgent resources to those who may need it most during crises (ex grocery deliveries, childcare, household supplies, prescription pick-up, out-of-work funds, pro-bono lawyers, therapy, interpreters, resource translations, etc.).
- Nationwide list of mutual aid network here
- At large
- Los Angeles
- Long Beach
- Oakland At Risk: organization pairing healthy and low-risk young adults with immunocompromised or elderly people to support their needs
- San Francisco
- Gwinnett County (including Atlanta) community resource guide
- Chicago community resource guide
- Dorchester community resource guide
- Rhode Island
- Rhode Island community resource guide
- Washington State
- Federal, state, county, city, private, nonprofit, public school food distribution and expense saving measures: https://bit.ly/2xFpo8N
In-language COVID-19 factsheets and resources
- Cambodian / Khmer
- Factsheets: MN Dept of Health, CA Endowment, Hmong Innovating Politics HIP, OR Health Authority, SEAD Project
- PSA: 60-second PSA, HIP video
- Educational video in Hmong: Tus Kab Mob COVID-19 (CoronaVirus)
- NAPCA: In-language helpline and website for older adults and caregivers
Have more questions about COVID-19? Call this hotline: 1-800-525-0127. For interpretative services, press # when they answer and say your language. (Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. PDT in over 26 languages)
Federal resources and public charge information
The PIF Campaign has developed a quick reference guide on immigrant eligibility that provides a general overview of some of the federal public programs available to support individuals and families during the COVID-19 crisis. In light of implementation of public charge regulations, we have also included clarification about whether certain public programs are taken into account for public charge purposes.
Additional programs around COVID-19 resources in: English, Hmong, Vietnamese
Community resources for undocumented immigrants & asylum seekers
Coronavirus and public charge one-pager, courtesy United We Dream. Click here to zoom in.
- Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC)
- Sign up to receive training to address the unmet needs of family caregivers in communities of color, which will include COVID-19 resources, and other resources for care for elders, when it is launched this Spring 2020. Sign up here.
- Free virtual bystander intervention training in response to anti-Asian and xenophobic harassment provided by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC). Show-Up guide. Sign-up here
Hate crime rapid response
Incidents of hate targeting people of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) ancestry during the COVID-19 pandemic have dramatically increased. Rep. Judy Chu, head of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, said at a recent congressional news conference that at least 1,000 hate incidents directed at Asian Americans have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic.
** If you have been a victim of a hate act:
1.) Get medical help, if necessary.
2.) Write down all details of the crime as soon as possible after the incident. Include the perpetrator[s] gender, age, height, race, weight, clothes and other distinguishing characteristics. If any threats or biased comments were made, include them in the report.
3.) Report the incident to your local law enforcement (911). *If victims do not want to go to the police, submit a report to the local Civil Rights/Human Rights Task Force in your area.
4.) And report the incident via one of the reporting forms below to help educate the public on what is happening.
Hate crime reporting forms
Hate crime support resources
Campaigns against immigrant detention and deportation
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice-ALC, Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC), Release MN8, Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW)
- Khmer Anti-deportation Advocacy Group (KhAAG) and Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together (F.I.G.H.T): Shutdown Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) campaign
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Atlanta: Lawsuit to release people detained at Georgia Detention Centers
Grief and mental health support
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, or your emotional or mental health at this time, please know that it’s normal and it is okay to get help. The Centers for Disease Control has guidance for coping with the stress of the COVID-19 outbreak here.
- Nation Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – NAMI mental health COVID-19 Resource and Info Guide
- Crisis Help Hotlines
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
- Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 800-799-SAFE (7233)
- Trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.
- National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 800-656-HOPE (4673)
- Connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is available at Online Hotline. Free help, 24/7.
- The New York Times has compiled an interactive map of states and cities that have shelter-in (quarantine) directives in place. Based on their reporting, at least 297 million people in at least 38 states, 48 counties, 14 cities, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are being urged to stay home.
- All 50 states have reported cases of COVID-19 to CDC.
- White House COVID-19 info page
- US Government COVID-19 info page
- National Governors’ Association Coronavirus updates
- Current information on the status of COVID-19 in the United States and abroad, what actions states/territories have taken to address it, and the latest efforts by the federal government