What Latino families need now
In a matter of months, Latino American lives have drastically changed. Here are the real stories and real solutions.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused catastrophic outcomes worldwide, and continues to worsen across the United States. Latinos are some of the hardest hit by COVID-19—four times more likely to be hospitalized than whites, according to the CDC. However, it’s not just the infection rate that has made this health crisis so lethal. The pandemic has revealed deep inequities in the United States’ healthcare, social safety net, and education systems. With one of the highest unemployment rates since the Great Depression in the 1930s, Latino families are struggling to pay bills, homeschool their children, and find the healthcare they need.
Additionally, the country is reeling from escalating racist violence, causing historic social uprisings in the name of Black Lives Matter. Thus far in 2020, the American economic and cultural landscape has changed drastically, bringing equity and racial justice to the forefront of the national conversation.
Latino families contribute more than $700 billion to the economy annually, according to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and own over four million U.S. businesses. They are the second largest racial group behind white non-Hispanics, according to the Pew Research Center, and make up 28% of public school students. Studies show working Latino families—entrepreneurs, small business owners, day laborers, skilled workers, childcare providers, and parents—are the linchpin of the United States’ economic vitality. The future of our country is inextricably linked to the wellbeing of Latino families.
their students are falling behind
83% of parents are worried
may experience police violence
81% of parents fear their children
businesses negatively impacted
1 in 3 Latino families have seen their
Top challenges for distance learning
“As parents we have not studied at the same level as teachers and we cannot offer the same level of education at home to our children.”-Maria Ventura, Brooklyn, NY
How to help parents with remote learning
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
“In the second month of the pandemic, our internet got cut off. My older children did school through their phones, but the mobile hotspot was not big enough to do a Zoom meeting. Having no wifi made online learning so difficult.”-Joana Perez, Los Angeles, CA
of families lost employer-provided health insurance; 54% lost coverage for their children as well
of families are concerned they can’t keep up with rent/mortgage, utilities, and/or food
of families have either seen their business shut down and/or significant drops in revenue
“The fact that 1 in 3 Latino families have seen their businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 is an inauspicious sign for the economic health of the small-business sector.”-The Brookings Institute
How COVID-19 affected jobs:
How much money families currently have in savings
“As parents we do not receive any help, and rent just goes up and up. We had some savings, hoping for rent payments to be frozen, but had to use it so we don't get evicted.”-Lucia Cielo, Brooklyn, NY
Key assistance needed:
Solutions families support
INCLUDE UNDOCUMENTED FAMILIES
Additional support for career counseling
Additional support for education counseling
“The government should provide more help to support workforce and education development of adults, especially undocumented people. I really hope the U.S. continues the DREAM Act, because it was the only way I was able to grow professionally and educationally.”-Ofelia Bucio, Homestead, FL
"The sea of faces included young Latinos who had marched before, during the immigrant rights movement a decade ago...There was no doubt in these protesters’ minds: Their fights against racism are bound up together."-"Latinos Back Black Lives Matter Protests" The New York Times
How Latinos relate to the pain and frustration of the Black Lives Matter movement
“I want my children to learn more about Black history, not just during the month of February. I want to see more Black politicians, law enforcement, and entrepreneurs so that our children know that they can be more than just athletes and music artists.”-Esperanza Olan, Alamo, TX
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Abriendo Puertas/ Opening Doors
Esperanza Olan and family, Lucia Cielo and family, Maria Ventura and family, Joana Perez and family, Ofelia Bucio and family, Dr. Gabriel Sanchez and the Latino Decisions team, Cypress Hills Childcare Corporation, Redlands Christian Migrant Association, UTRGV Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership, and St. Anne's Center.
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