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COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 Crisis


My Undocumented Life logoMy Undocumented Life, a website started by Carolina Valdivia, who was an undocumented student herself (and is now getting her PhD at Harvard), has put together a number of resources for undocumented immigrants and their families during the crisis, and relevant news. Please see this page, which they say will be updated frequently.




NYSYLC logoThe New York State Youth Leadership Council, which describes itself as the first undocumented youth-led organization in New York, is compiling an ongoing list of NYC-specific resources.

Please note that while the NYSYLC seems to be a highly respected group, the process for compiling and checking all of the sources they link to is unclear, so as always be a critical thinker as you follow each new link to a website.



US Citizenship and Immigration Services have closed their offices because of the virus - please see this site to see how the closure will affect services.

Access NYC logoPlease see here for NYC COVID-19 information (for everyone, immigrant or not)  about workers' benefits and rights, medical insurance, food, services for people with disabilities, housing, employment, school, mental health, and more. 

From that page:

"On March 13, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that seeking or using healthcare services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the public charge rule*, even if the services are Medicaid-funded. Learn more from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA).

Anyone who needs help during the COVID-19 crisis should seek care without fear, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay for health services. To learn more about health care and testing, refer to the section above."

*"not being considered under the public charge rule" means that seeking healthcare services will not be used in a negative way to argue that the person is dependent on state assistance.


This resource guide includes some resources from a Bronx Community College library guide and a City Tech College library guide. Some additional resources come from a printed pamphlet created by the Hostos Dream Team and from advisor Shadia Marji of Hostos' CUNY Start.




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Haruko Yamauchi

Know your rights : videos

scholarships open to undocumented students

Please see this list, compiled by My Undocumented Life, of scholarships open to students who are undocumented.

NYC government resources

NYC government site on DACA en español and in English (other languages also available on the site).


From the NYC Comptroller's Office:

Immigrant Rights and Services Manual

Manual De Derechos Y Servicios Para El Inmigrante

Manuel sur les droits des immigrés et les services qui leur sont offerts



All New York City residents age 14+ can receive this government-issued identification card. The Bronx Library Center has an enrollment center open seven days/week (click on the link for hours). You can make an appointment at any enrollment center by calling 311 or clicking here for more information in English , Español , 中文 , kreyòl ayisyen , or  العربية

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Action NYC "provides free, safe immigration legal help in your community and in your language ... The ActionNYC network is made up of trusted community organizations and attorneys who will provide the services that immigrants need in the communities that they call home and in the languages that they speak."

Commission on Human Rights -

“The New York City Human Rights Law is one of the most comprehensive civil rights laws in the nation. The Law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on race, color, religion/creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including sexual harassment), gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, marital status, and partnership status. Interns, whether paid or not, are considered employees under the Law.”