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By Noreen Sugrue, Director of Research, Latino Policy Forum


COVID has certainly elevated the importance of undertaking global analysis about economic and social inequities in order to more fully understand that those have led to COVID’s disproportionate impact across the globe. This is especially true among the economically disadvantaged.

We know that COVID has had and continues to have a disproportionately devastating impact on Latino, Black, and other communities of color. In the United States, the disproportionate impact COVID has had on racial/ethnic minorities is mentioned quite often in many analyses and discussions of COVID. Nonetheless, what has not been mentioned nearly enough is just how disproportionately Latinos in the United States have been impacted by COVID. For instance,... Continue Reading

A pesar de los incesantes desafíos del último año y medio, nuestra comunidad se ha mantenido poderosa, influyente y enfocada de muchas maneras.

Por Michelle Ramírez, Encargada de Casos Principal, Family Focus Cicero

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Trabajando en Family Focus Cicero, una comunidad local sin fines de lucro, he tenido el privilegio de ver a nuestras familias prosperar a pesar de los obstáculos y desafíos tan abrumadores en este último año. Tomándome un momento para reflexionar, quería compartir las increíbles características de nuestros inmigrantes, latinx y las comunidades de color, y en realidad aprovechar esta oportunidad para resaltar nuestro poder comunitario.

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Despite the nonstop challenges of the past year and a half, our community has remained powerful, influential, and focused in so many ways.

By Michelle Ramirez, Lead Bilingual Case Manager, Family Focus Cicero

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Working at Family Focus Cicero, a local community nonprofit, I have had the privilege of seeing our families thrive through such overwhelming barriers and challenges in this past year. Taking a moment to step back and reflect, I wanted to share the incredible characteristics of our immigrant, Latinx, and communities of color and really give space to highlight our community power.

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For Latinos, a rise in evictions could lead to a rise in overcrowded households—and in COVID infections. Increased access to housing programs and services can prevent this.

By Edwin A. Ortiz Reyes, Civic Engagement Coordinator; and Noreen Sugrue, Director of Research, Latino Policy Forum

Latinos have the highest civilian labor force participation rate among all racial/ethnic groups, which has been true for at least the last 20 years. In July 2021, the Latino labor participation rate was at 65.7 percent, but for far too many Latinos, being in the labor force and collecting a paycheck has not translated into financial stability. Pre-pandemic, Latinos were overrepresented in low wage, yet so-called essential jobs.... Continue Reading

While financial assistance programs for immigrants play a big part in mitigating the financial burdens brought on by the pandemic, there is no substitute for accessible medical care, which has never been more necessary for the community.

By Sarah Cartagena, Senior Policy Analyst; and Louisa Silverman, Immigration & Housing Intern

Para leer este artículo de La Raza en español, haga clic aquí.

Even before the pandemic began, medical care was largely inaccessible for many immigrant communities in Illinois. Now, with the added challenges of COVID-19, medical care is all the more difficult to come by and all the more necessary.

While existing emergency financial assistance programs such as rental and utility assistance are undoubtedly essential, community service providers say there is still... Continue Reading