To help guide us through the COVID-19 crisis, The ILC Public Education Institute has compiled resources for immigrants, refugees, parents and educators. These include health, finance, legal and employment services, resources for combating discrimination, and immigration-related lesson plans and activities for homeschooling and distance learning. The lists will be adjusted as needed during the epidemic.
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Resources for Everyone
Information and resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about COVID-19, available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Korean. Look for “Other Languages” in upper left corner.
Fact sheets about COVID-19 vetted by physicians and medical school faculty members at Harvard hospitals, available in more than 30 languages
Links to government, not-for-profit and other services that can help stabilize your family’s income, nutrition, healthcare and other basic needs
Support hub with special virtual programs, information, referrals and support services for families and organizations coping with loss of a loved one. Additional community-based resources available for 17 states.
List of resources for individuals and organizations in need of immediate financial assistance
The U.S. Department of Labor’s resources to understand new paid leave policies in response to COVID-19
Regularly updated collection of resources and news from the Massachusetts’ Public Health Department
Directory containing information about organizations in Massachusetts that offer linguistically and culturally appropriate mental health and related services for communities of color, LGBTQ community, immigrants, and refugees
Guide for Massachusetts residents, including immigrants, to get tested for COVID-19
Frequently asked questions on the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts, including guidelines for immigrants
Resources for Undocumented Immigrants
Continuously updated list of resources from Health Access to Housing and Legal Rights
Resources for Immigrants and Refugees
USCIS announced that testing, prevention or treatment for COVID-19 would NOT be used against immigrants in a public charge test.
Comprehensive collection of resources for immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on state-by-state options
List of LGBTQ+ affirming and immigrant friendly resources offering help during the pandemic
Updates and services focused on Massachusetts immigrants and refugees
Information for Boston residents affected by COVID-19 regardless of immigration status
24-hour helpline (617-338-2355) in Massachusetts with crisis intervention, safety planning, emotional support, and information about domestic violence and restraining orders.
In 16 Asian languages and dialects including Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisanese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Korean, Japanese, Nepali, Hindi, Bangla, Tagalog, Urdu, Thai, Manipuri, Mien, Indonesian and English.
Text COVIDMAESP to 888-777 to receive COVID-19 text message alert system “AlertsMA” in Spanish
Series of videos created by ILC citizenship teacher Kathleen Klose on how to apply for citizenship
Frequently asked questions about accessing COVID-19 health care and resources as an immigrant or refugee. Available in multiple languages.
Guide for policymakers to create COVID-19 response efforts that are inclusive of immigrants and refugees
Resources to Fight Hate
Report incidents of harassment or assault directed toward Asians. The STOP AAPI HATE reporting center analyzes the data and publicizes the trends.
Forms available in English, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese and Khmer.
Poster you can print and display to show support for Chinese-American community members
Research that shows how immigrants are part of America’s fight and response to the COVID-19 health crisis, updated regularly
Article showing that immigrants are overrepresented in nearly every job that is critical during this pandemic
Resources geared toward not-for-profits and individuals serving immigrants and fighting hate
Immigrants have been a key part of maintaining the health and well being of Americans in good times and bad. Learn about immigrants on the front lines fighting COVID-19.
Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice offer free bystander intervention trainings to stop anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment.
Report incidents of harassment, hate crimes or discrimination and read stories submitted by others. This site by Asian Americans Advancing Justice aims to shed light on the environment of hate around the country.
Incident reports are available in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.
Resources for Learning English
Boston Public Library is offering free online English classes for English Language Learners.
Watch and learn English from native speakers having natural conversations with this app. Free basic version available.
Learn conversational American English with Rachel’s English Videos on YouTube
Series of videos by ILC ESOL teacher Melina Merino for English language learners, covering topics like “parts of the body” and “job interview skills in English”
Web and mobile program for learning English and 11 other languages. Free basic version available.
Resources for Teachers
Essential information and resources to help rapidly scale-up or start distance education
Pre-K through 12, Adult
On-demand resources and recordings from webinars for educators with immigrant students and/or interested in teaching about immigration
Tool kit for educators with information about low-cost internet programs to share with students and families
Teaching Tolerance provides lessons and resources to help educators, students and their caretakers.
Readings and resources to start important conversations with students about the coronavirus outbreak and to explore questions about community, responsibility, decision-making and upstanding
ADL’s collection of books that address issues of identity, bias and bullying with discussion guides for teachers and parents
How schools and families can address the stereotyping and scapegoating arising from the pandemic
Lessons and resources for incorporating immigration into the classroom and supporting immigrant students
Short listening-comprehension, immigration-themed podcast lessons for English language learners
Resources to center equity and culturally responsive-sustaining education as teaching and learning moves online
Resources for Parents
Boston COVID Tutoring offers free, virtual tutoring to Boston-area students during the COVID-19 crisis.
PDFs available in English, Amharic, Mandarin, Korean, French, Vietnamese, Bahasa and Urdu
Comprehensive resources for parents including Facebook Live video chats with clinicians, remote evaluations and telemedicine, phone consultations for follow-up, and daily tips for parenting during the crisis
Lessons, games, science experiments, live demonstrations and virtual tours
Social stories, visual aids, at-home tips for speech, occupational therapy and physical therapy
Stay connected by hearing the stories of real kids who have recently immigrated to the United States.
Teach your children about immigration and show your support for immigrants with The ILC’s downloadable coloring sheets and discussion questions.
Activities, projects and lessons, mostly related to immigration, that parents can do with their children