We are so grateful to be emailing you in the age of the vaccine! The end of isolation is finally in our sights and we could not be more ready for it.
Despite this historical news, the families COHI has been working with through the pandemic are not able to experience the same sense of relief. The pandemic has led to a disproportionate amount of the migrant and undocumented community experiencing hardship and illness.
Without documentation, these families do not have insurance and are therefore deterred from seeking medical care. Even for those who are able to pay the cost, the fear of deportation keeps many of them from entering medical spaces. The economic effects of this pandemic are even worse. This population is over-represented in the jobs hit hardest by this depression: low-wage, service work.
That's why COHI's COVID-19 Fund will not disappear with the arrival of the vaccine. We will continue to address long-term impacts that will be felt within this community, through rental assistance, medical resources, mental health resources, legal assistance, and more.
The definition of emergency and care seem to have transformed this year. In the middle of a respiratory pandemic, is a cough an emergency? As wildfires destroy homes 50 miles away, is the smoke burning your lungs an emergency?
This has been a year of shifting perspectives, which is why COHI is now working to shift, and ultimately expand, our Emergency Medical Care Fund. Though migrants awaiting asylum in Mexico will still be a key part of our strategy, we have now also begun working with migrants who have made in to the US and are in desperate need of help.
Whether that's a 22 year old Honduran woman who's just given birth to her daughter and doesn't have a home to go to tonight. Or the Guatemalan father of three who's children have no way of getting to school now that public transportation has become dangerous.
COHI is working with each family individually to identify their needs, provide them with funds and resources, and support them in remaining healthy and safe. Will you join us?
We are reaching out to you in the time of COVID. The partners we work with along the Texas-Mexico border are experiencing extreme circumstances. Lack of Personal Protective Equipment and sanitation supplies have lead to unstable and dangerous medical services.
We have to understand, the challenge of COVID-19 that can feel insurmountable in the US, is also happening in Syria, Puerto Rico, and in migrant camps along the border. Consider this: how can you wash your hands when you don't have access to running water? How can you self-quarantine when you're living in a refugee camp? How can you get tested when you can't get to medical centers?
The Emergency Medical Care Fund was created for crises like this. Will you join us in getting supplies, emergency transport, and medical procedures to the families living in camps as they await asylum in the US?
This new year has brought with it tremendous challenges for the asylum seeking community at the border. With this administration's new immigrant wealth test and the enforcing visa restrictions on pregnant women, the situation for families waiting in Mexico continues to look grim.
That's why COHI is aiming our efforts at keeping this population healthy, no matter what regressive policy is thrown their way. In January, this has meant ensuring that Daniela, an asylum seeking mother located in Matamoros, has access to the high quality medical care she needs to survive. She was first referred to COHI and our partners after not responding to medication for a kidney infection. We were then able to ensure that she could go to the general hospital, accompanied by an experienced activist and medical professional, where a tumor was discovered. She has since received treatment and is doing well.
These are the people that we work for. Human beings just like you and I, who have been put in positions that prevent them from accessing the resources we take for granted. Join us today in our efforts to make sure they're able to receive the treatment they need, when they need it.
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