It’s critical to acknowledge the contributions of immigrants and refugees to our economy.
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In the face of COVID-19 and its impacts, the WES Mariam Assefa Fund—the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, JFF, Mission Driven Finance, Upwardly Global, and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians—are proud to stand together to continue fighting for immigrants and their vital role in our economy and society. In this joint statement published on WES.org, we share our reflections on the challenges that immigrant communities face amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We also offer recommended strategies for equitable recovery as we move forward. Including:
- Advocating for policies that help promote equitable access to economic security in the near and long term
- As government entities make decisions and take action, ensuring access to information—especially for those whose English language skills are a barrier
- Pressing employers to commit to proactive support for workers, including paid sick leave for full-time employees and contractors, as well as guidance and training for workers who must be furloughed or laid off.
- Holding accountable the philanthropic community for providing the flexible capital that offers immediate relief to non-profit service providers.