EMM has pulled together a wide range of statements, resources, and information on COVID-19 on a page that is updated regularly. Please visit COVID-19 Resources to learn more.


5/17/20, New York Times: Immigration Agency That Issues Visas, Green Cards Struggles to Stay Afloat

5/15/20, Mic: “The need hasn’t stopped”: Immigration activists are still hard at work

5/15/20, Politico: DHS begins collecting DNA from undocumented immigrants after whistleblower complaints

5/15/20, New Humanitarian: Coronavirus in the Rohingya camps: Five key issues to watch

5/15/20, New York Times: ‘Everybody Was Sick’: Inside an ICE Detention Center

5/14/20, New Humanitarian: ‘Like a ship about to sink’: Refugees in Jordan voice pandemic despair

5/13/20, New York Times: Trump Administration Plans to Extend Virus Border Restrictions Indefinitely

5/13/20, New Yorker: The Trump Administration’s Deportation Policy Is Spreading the Coronavirus

5/13/20, CBS News: Only 2 migrants allowed to seek humanitarian protection under Trump’s coronavirus border order

5/13/20, NBC Bay Area: COVID-19 Outbreaks May Arise From Immigrant Detention Centers, Doctors Say (auto-play video)

5/13/20, VOA News: With US Naturalization Ceremonies on Hold, Former Refugee Continues to Help Pay Application Fees

5/13/20, Guardian: French court scraps farmer’s conviction for helping migrants cross border

5/13/20, Rapid Growth (W. MI): ‘Mask Master’ finds home, new purpose in U.S. with refugee resettlement program

5/12/20, Law360: ‘Remain In Mexico’ Changes Spark Confusion At The Border

5/12/20, Politico: Trump deems farmworkers ‘essential’ but not safety rules for them. That could threaten the food supply.

5/12/20, Roll Call: House aid package contains key immigration measures

5/12/20, New York Times: They Lost Their Jobs. Now They May Have to Leave the U.S.

5/12/20, BuzzFeed: ICE Is Trying To Deport Unaccompanied Immigrant Kids, Saying They’ve Already Had Their Day In Court

5/12/20, Haitian Times: Haitian Immigrants At Risk In Delaware Poultry Industry

5/11/20, Times Republican (IA): Immigrant Allies working to address gaps

5/1/20, Boise State Public Radio: Idaho Refugees’ Wartime Experience Helps Them Through COVID-19 Pandemic


5/11/20, New York Times: Trump Is Using the Pandemic to Flout Immigration Laws

5/10/20, Greensboro News & Record: Dr. Kuber Ghimire: Immigrants are on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19

5/8/20, San Diego Union-Tribune: Commentary: Refugees must not be left behind in the U.S response to the coronavirus pandemic

5/7/20, Des Moines Register: Iowa View: Marshalltown ready to live up to spirit of its ideals in challenging times

Policy Resources

Migration Policy Institute Commentary: The Rocky Road to a Mobile World after COVID-19


New York Times Op-Doc (video and article): We Are Kids Who Remember Only War

The World (audio segment): Migrant farmworkers in US deemed essential — but lack basic protections

Only in America (podcast): Mother’s Day Special: Najma Noorani

Opportunities & Resources

Virtual Book Discussion Kits from Episcopal Migration Ministries

EMM has put together four virtual book discussion kits for groups and individuals to use as a way to learn and stay engaged with the refugee and immigrant experience during this time of isolation. More kits will be added to the page in the coming months. Explore the kits and let us know what you think!

Immigrant Learning Center Webinar: Strength in Numbers: Uniting Immigration with other Social Causes

May 19, 1pm Eastern. Immigration is deeply linked to other movements for inclusion and equality. By understanding the intersections between immigration and other urgent causes, immigrant- and refugee-serving organizations and their allies can cultivate diverse coalitions of long-term support across boundaries. This interactive virtual conference will give strategies to join forces with a broader base of support for mutual goals. Register.

COVID-19 and Health Equity: Response and Recovery Tele-Townhall 

May 19, 2:00- 3:30pm ET. At this event, ASTHO, Big Cities Health Coalition, NACCHO, and NASOMH will discuss how federal, state, and local partners and national organizations can collectively drive an equity-focused recovery strategy. State, local and city leaders will focus on the structural barriers to the COVID-19 response and the impact on marginalized communities, community engagement, data, and recovery strategies to address testing and contact tracing. Register.

Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Office of Government Relations Webinar: Immigrant Detention during COVID-19: Prophetic Action & Compassionate Response

May 19, 4pm ET. Join the Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Migration Ministries for Immigrant Detention during COVID-19: Prophetic Action & Compassionate Response. This seventy-five-minute webinar will include clergy and lay leaders from the Dioceses of Georgia, Ohio, and Western Louisiana with professional and ministry background in different models of detention visitation ministry. Registration is required and available here. Participants are invited to email questions for the panelists in advance to [email protected].

University of Minnesota Human Rights Lab Webinar: Balancing Rights and Responsibilities During the Pandemic and Beyond

May 21, 2020, 12:00-1:00p CT. In her latest book, The Hidden Face of Rights: Toward a Politics of Responsibility, Professor Kathryn Sikkink argues that we should reconsider the responsibility of all actors, and not just states, to take action together to guarantee human rights. This argument takes on urgent relevance in the era of the coronavirus pandemic, when we must rely on the preventive individual actions of all people to ensure the right to health is fulfilled. Learn more and join the webinar.

Love God, Love Neighbor: Episcopal Month of Action

In the month of June, join the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Migration Ministries for Love God, Love Neighbor: Episcopal Month of Action, a series of webinars to learn and advocate with and on behalf of immigrants, DACA recipients, refugees, and asylum seekers. Learn more and register.

Re-imagining Migration Online Seminar: Teaching in Uncertain Times

July 13-16, 2020. Re-imagining Migration is offering a unique online learning experience for K-12 teachers, school administrators, and education professionals working in schools, museums, after-school spaces. This seminar will introduce participants to the Re-imagining Migration’s approach to advance the education and well-being of immigrant-origin youth, decrease bias and hatred against these youth and help all young people develop the understanding and habits of mind, heart, and civic participation to nurture inclusive communities and healthy democracies. The cost for the seminar is $50 USD. Limited scholarships are available. Use this link to apply.