**This program is hosted by our partner, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, who has extended an invitation to PNY members. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.**
Refugees live at the intersection of many of the inequities and vulnerabilities that COVID-19 has illuminated and deepened. Many worked in hotels, restaurants, and other sectors that are now shuttered. Others are essential workers and are now risking their safety on the frontlines as grocery store clerks, healthcare aides, and meat plant workers. Few have the social networks or family wealth that long-time residents can rely on during this time. Larger households can make social distancing difficult, while limited digital literacy poses challenges to distance learning and remote work opportunities. And black and brown refugees face the systemic discrimination and structural racism that have led to higher death rates in those communities.
Yet the policy response has repeatedly left out refugees. Cash payments’ narrow eligibility blocks many refugees. Unemployment benefits require work history that some refugees do not have. Paid leave omits large employers—and a large share of refugees work for such employers. And navigating these systems and others are challenging for many Americans, let alone refugees who are still learning their new country’s processes and practices.
- Inequities and vulnerabilies in immigrant and refugee communities exacerbated by COVID-19
- Ways in which economic relief is inaccessible to immigrants and refugees
- The role philanthropy can play in addressing these issues in the short-term and long-term
- Erica Bouris, Director of Economic Empowerment, International Rescue Committee
- John Kluge, Founder & Managing Director, Refugee Investment Network
- Ramla Shahid, Co-Executive Director, Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA)
- Jen Smyers, Director of Policy and Advocacy the for Immigration and Refugee Program, Church World Service
- Vy Nguyen (Moderator), Director of Special Projects and Communications, Weingart Foundation
All interested funders. GCIR programs are open to GCIR members; staff and trustees of grantmaking foundations; philanthropic advisors; and staff of philanthropic support organizations.
Registration is required by June 15th. Registrants will receive log-in details a day before the program.
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