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MGA MAPAGKUKUNAN NG COVID-19


Pagsagupa sa isang pandaigdigang pandemya na magkasama bilang isang komunidad.

Isang Mensahe mula sa Executive Director muling: COVID-19 Pandemic

Mga Kaibigan, Kasosyo, at Pamayanan,

Dahil sa kasalukuyang mga utos na mag-ampon sa bahay mula sa San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, at iba pang mga county, pati na rin ang State of California, isinara ng API Legal Outreach ang mga tanggapan nito sa publiko ngunit patuloy ang gawain nito mula sa malayo.
Mangyaring tandaan na patuloy kaming tumatawag ng mga tawag at e-mail mula sa kasalukuyang mga kliyente at mga kalahok, at sa mga may kagyat na bagay. Kami ay itinuturing na isang mahalagang serbisyo o mahahalagang manggagawa sa ilalim ng mga utos na ito at ang aming kawani ay patuloy na tumatawag at nagtatrabaho sa mga kaso mula sa bahay.

Ang mga kaso ng emerhensiyang nangangailangan ng pagpapakita ng korte, halimbawa ng karahasan sa tahanan at mga pag-abuso sa pag-abuso sa nakatatanda, mga paglitaw sa korte ng imigrasyon, at iba pang mga kaso ng emerhensiya ay pinanghahawakan pa rin ng aming kawani ng maraming wika.

Kung ikaw ay nasa panganib mangyaring tumawag sa 911.

Sa malapit na hinaharap plano naming ilabas ang impormasyon sa anumang bagong batas na inilaan upang magbigay ng pinansiyal na tulong sa aming mga komunidad at pagsisikap upang labanan ang rasismo laban sa Asyano batay sa pinagmulan ng virus. Mangyaring suriin muli sa website na ito para sa mga update.

Mangyaring maging ligtas at malusog. Makakakita kami sa iyo sa lalong madaling panahon.

Ngunit samantala, mangyaring makipag-ugnay sa amin sa pamamagitan sa (415) 567 6255 o (510) 251 2846. Ang mga tawag ay sinusubaybayan namin at sasagutin sa oras ng negosyo.

HATE CRIMES

API Legal Outreach has seen a rise in Anti-Asian racism since the outbreak of COVID-19. It is important that we document these incidents in order to advocate for interventions and policies from an API and community-centered framework. If you have experienced a hate incident since the COVID-19 outbreak, please report it here so it can be tracked by the STOP AAPI Hate Reporting Center. The incident report only takes a few minutes and is available in English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Khmer, Korean, Japanese, and Thai.

VAWA Protection

What is the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in federal public housing?

1. It is a protection for survivors of domestic violence (which includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by an abuser who is cohabitating with the victim), dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. This will also cover the survivor’s immediate family members and other household members (The household members do not have to be related to the survivor and the survivor does not have to be married or living with the perpetrator.).

2. Rights VAWA offers: A survivor cannot be denied housing, and a survivor cannot be evicted or lose federal rental assistance. The exception to evict a tenant under VAWA is if the lease violation is not based on acts of violence or the PHA/owner can demonstrate an actual/imminent threat to other tenants (Threat is defined as a physical danger that is real, and would occur within an imminent time frame, and could result in death or serious bodily harm.).

3. VAWA is covered under the eviction moratorium due to COVID-19, along with most federally assisted rental housing programs.

How do I show that I am a survivor of a violent act?

1. Talk with your housing provider and complete a self-certification form provided by the housing authority. You will have to disclose the name of your abuser, the abuser’s relationship to you, and a description of the violence. Form HUD-5382 can be found here: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/administration/hudclips/forms/hud5a

If you do not have access to the internet, or a computer, please call our office at (415) 567-6255, or a local legal aid agency.

2. You can also provide a letter signed by a victim service, medical/mental health professional, or an attorney. You will also have to sign this letter. 

3. You can also provide a police report, court record, or an administrative record.

What if I am living with my abuser?

1. Alert the Housing Authority or your landlord, and they may evict the abuser, and allow you and the other members of your household to stay.

2. If the abuser is the one with the eligibility, then you, or another member of the household, have a right to prove that you are eligible for the housing. If you cannot, then you must be given a reasonable time to show that you qualify for another federal housing program or to find new housing.

3. If you have a Section 8 voucher, then you may leave the unit and keep your voucher, even if your lease is not over. 

What if I am not protected under VAWA?

Contact a legal aid organization, an attorney, domestic violence agency, or a fair housing agency to see if you qualify.

During COVID-19, create a safety plan and practice self-care. 

  • Take the time to be mindful of washing your hands regularly, hygiene practices, etc. 
  • Reach out to others for help. Even if you wish to be alone, stay connected online or over the phone with your friends and families. Please call our organization for help, and also the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
  • See Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS

What is a Domestic Violence Restraining Order?

It is a court order that can help protect people who have been abused or threatened with abuse.

What is abuse?

1. Physical 

Hitting, punching, kicking, slapping, strangling, smothering, using or threatening to use weapons, shoving, interrupting your sleep, throwing things, destroying property, and denying medical treatment.

2. Sexual 

Physically forcing sex, making you feel fearful about saying no to sex, forcing sex with other partners, forcing you to participate in demeaning or degrading sexual acts, violence or name calling during sex, and denying contraception or protection from sexually transmitted diseases. 

3. Verbal

Calling you derogatory names, insulting, and threatening to hurt you.

4. Emotional 

Constant put downs or criticisms, name calling, belittling one’s abilities.

5. Psychological

Causing fear by intimidation, “crazy making”, minimizing the abuse or blaming you for their behavior, threatening and making you feel fearful, isolating you from family and friends, excessive jealously, accusing you of having affairs, humiliating you, watching where you go and who you talk to, tracking your online activity, and playing “mind games” to make you doubt your sanity (gaslighting).  

6. Financial 

Giving you an allowance, not letting you have your own money, hiding family assets, running up debt, interfering with your job or ability to get a job, and ruining your credit. 

7. Stalking

Physically following where you go or cyberstalking you. 

8. Cultural and Identity Abuse

Using your race, class, age, immigration status, religion, size, physical ability, language, and/or ethnicity against you in some way. 

Do I qualify for a restraining order?

You and the person you want to restrain must be:

  • Married or registered domestic partners
  • Divorced or separated
  • Dating or used to date
  • Living together or used to live together
  • Parents together of a child, OR
  • Closely related (parent, child, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, in-law).
How will a restraining order help me?

The court can order the restrained person to:

  1. Not contact or go near you, your children other relatives, or others who live with you
  2. Not have any guns or ammunition 
  3. Move out of your house
  4. Obey child custody and visitation orders
  5. Pay child support
  6. Pay spousal support
  7. Obey orders about property
How do I apply for a domestic violence restraining order?

Forms to file DVRO can be found at: https://www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm?filter=DV

Here are resources if you need assistance on filing in Alameda and San Francisco counties:

Alameda County

1) Self-Help Center Monday – Thursday 1PM – 4PM at (510) 272-1393 

2) Family Violence Law Center at (510) 208-0220

3) Bay Area Legal Aid at (888) 330-1940

San Francisco County

1) API Legal Outreach at (415) 567-6255 

2) Bay Area Legal Aid at (888) 330-1940

3) Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic at (415) 255-0165

Should I be concerned about my immigration status in filing for a restraining order?
Immigration status has no bearing in family court.

CREATING A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SAFETY PLAN

How do I create a safety plan?

1. Identify safe areas of the home where there are no weapons and there are ways to escape (window or door). 

2. Have a phone accessible at all times and know what numbers to call for help. 

3. Let trusted friends and neighbors know of your situation and develop a plan and visual signal for when you need help. 

4. Teach your children how to get help but do not get them involved in the violence between you and your partner.

How do I practice self care?
    1. Journaling
    2. Reading
    3. Picking up a hobby
    4. Talking to a friend
    5. Listening to music 
    6. Meditating
    7. Praying
    8. Baking/Cooking
    9. Practice breathing exercises
Who can help me?

1. National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 or (800) 799-7233 for TTY, or text LOVEIS to 22522.  

2. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. for peer counseling, safety planning, and referrals for needed resources, 24-hour support line at (877) 384-3578

3. Family Violence Law Center Mobile Response Team for crisis intervention, safety planning, and referrals to counseling at (800) 947-8301

4. Bay Area Women Against Rape at (510) 845-7273

BENEFITS AND ASSISTANCE FOR IMMIGRANTS

Are immigrants eligible to receive payments/rebates under the CARES Act?

1. Individual taxpayers and couples filing jointly who have both been issued social security numbers that are valid for employment are eligible for the rebate. Many DACA recipients, TPS recipients, asylees and refugees may qualify. Unfortunately, this SSN requirement excludes many immigrants and mixed-status families. Also, those who are not U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents must reside primarily in the United States.

2. Undocumented immigrants who do not have social security numbers are not eligible for these payments. Immigrants who use an ITIN for their taxes are also not eligible.

3. There is no way to apply for this relief, the payments are done automatically and are calculated based on your most recent tax return. 

If you have questions, please call our office at (415) 567-6255 or (510) 251-2846 for information! For more detailed information, you can also see: https://www.nilc.org/issues/economic-support/impact-of-covid19-relief-bills-on-immigrant-communities/

Are immigrants eligible to receive unemployment (UI) benefits?

Yes, if you have valid work authorization. Many DACA recipients, TPS recipients, asylum applicants, asylees, and refugees have valid work authorization and can receive unemployment benefits. 

APILO is here to help apply for unemployment benefits. Call our office today for assistance or questions. 

For more information on public benefits and resources available to immigrants in California, see the Guide for Immigrant Californians: https://covid19.ca.gov/guide-immigrant-californians/

Are undocumented immigrants eligible to receive any stimulus payments or other relief?

On April 15th, Governor Newsom announced one-time disaster relief assistance for undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19, who are ineligible for most other forms of pandemic assistance, including direct assistance under the CARES Act and unemployment insurance.

According to the state’s website, “eligible Californians may receive one-time COVID-19 disaster relief assistance at a value of $500. A limit of two adults per household can receive this assistance (maximum assistance of $1,000 per household).” The goal is for Californians to be able to access this relief through local community-based nonprofits starting mid-May 2020. 

Undocumented immigrants may also be eligible for State Disability Insurance (SDI) and Paid Family Leave.

For more information on public benefits and resources available to immigrants in California, see the Guide for Immigrant Californians: https://covid19.ca.gov/guide-immigrant-californians/

APILO is here to help immigrants and those without legal status apply for COVID-19 related benefits. Call our office today for assistance or questions.

PUBLIC CHARGE

If I use Medi-Cal (federally funded health insurance) to pay for my COVID-19 testing, treatment or preventative care, will I be considered a public charge under the new rules (hurting my ability to get a green card)?

NO.   If you get COVID-19 testing, treatment or preventative care, that alone will not be considered as a factor to determine if you are a public charge. 

I have been laid off and my family needs help. If I apply for other benefits because of COVID-19, will I be considered a public charge for immigration purposes?
  1. It depends on the benefits you apply for and for how long you will be receiving them.  For example, applying for unemployment benefits and receiving food from places like the SF/Marin Food Bank Salvation Army, St. Anthony’s, Glide or other food banks/pantries will not be considered for public charge determinations.  
  2. Public charge may not apply to you or the benefits you use may not be one of the benefits defining public charge. NOT all immigrants are subject to a public charge determination.
  3. If you are not sure, please consult an experienced immigration lawyer to determine if public charge applies to you. 

COVID-19 POLICIES FOR USCIS, IMMIGRATION COURT AND ICE

What should I do if I have a USCIS interview or appointment scheduled?

USCIS is currently closed until at least May 3, 2020 for all interviews and appointments. USCIS will reschedule your interview or appointment if it was scheduled on or before May 3rd

This includes Asylum Office interviews, Naturalization/Citizenship interviews, Oath Ceremonies, Biometrics appointments and interviews for adjustment of status (green card) applications.

You can check on the status of USCIS on their website: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/uscis-response-covid-19

If you do enter a USCIS office or facility, you are now required to wear a mask.

What should I do if I have an Immigration Court hearing scheduled?

The San Francisco Immigration Court is currently postponing all non-detained hearings scheduled through May 15, 2020. If your hearing is scheduled on or before May 15th, the Court will reschedule your hearing. 

You can also call the Court at 1-800-898-7180 to check on the scheduling of your hearing date. The automatic system is available in English and Spanish, and all you need is your A number. For hearings after May 15, we do not yet know if the Court will be open for these hearings. Continue to call to check on your hearing date.

You can check on the Immigration Court’s status on their website: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/eoir-operational-status-during-coronavirus-pandemic

What should I do if I have an appointment scheduled to check in with ICE?

ICE has posted guidance and FAQs on their current check-in policy here: https://www.ice.gov/coronavirus

ICE has temporarily suspended the requirement to report in-person for office visits, and home visits have been temporarily suspended as well until further notice. ICE will continue to use telephonic and electronic reporting between participants and case specialists. If you have a scheduled ICE check-in, contact the local ICE field office by phone for further instructions. If you missed your scheduled ICE check-in, you need to ensure that you make contact with ICE. If they do not answer, leave a message with your name, A-number, and phone number. ICE will contact you with updated information on how to proceed with your scheduled check-in.

To contact the San Francisco Field Office:  Phone: (415) 844-5512,  Email: SanFrancisco.Outreach@ice.dhs.gov

What if I received a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) on my USCIS application?

On March 27, 2020, USCIS announced that it will allow an automatic 60-day extension for all Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs), if the RFE or NOID is dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020. A similar announcement on March 30, 2020 clarifies that the automatic 60-day extension also applies to responses to Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIRs) and Notices of Intent to Terminate (NOITs) regional investment centers, as well as I-290B Notices of Appeal or Motion to the Administrative Appeals Office.

In addition, the San Jose and San Francisco Field Offices in California announced a local policy of automatically extending RFE deadlines for 30 days, for any RFEs due during the office closure.

Can I still file my immigration application or petition?

Even though USCIS and Immigration Courts are postponing appointments and hearings, and President Trump issued an executive order to temporarily pause certain forms of immigration, many applications are still being accepted and processed.

USCIS is still accepting and processing applications, including for naturalization, adjustment of status (for legal permanent residence), DACA renewal, and employment authorization. Trump’s recent executive order may have an impact on some applications. We are continuing to monitor this development.

Immigration Courts are still accepting filings. In San Francisco, the filing window at 100 Montgomery Street, 8th Floor, is open during regular business hours for filings (please wear your mask in common areas). Filings may also be sent via email: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/filing-email

Does APILO handle DACA Renewals?

Yes! APILO currently has temporary funding to assist with DACA renewals. This funding also covers the $495 filing fee. Call our office today to ask about getting assistance with your DACA renewal if your DACA is expiring within 6 months or so!

NON-PROFIT + MALILIIT NA NEGOSYO – NARITO KAMI PARA SUPORTUHAN KAYO!

Ang APILO ay may mga abogado na nakatayo upang payuhan ang mga maliliit na negosyo at hindi kita sa CARES Act at iba pang suportang pinansyal sa mga pagsubok na ito.

  1. Ang isang ikalawang pag-ikot ng $ 484 bilyong COVID-19 na relief package para sa mga maliliit na negosyo ay naipasa (hanggang Abril 23, 2020). Kasama dito ang $ 60 bilyon na ikakalat sa mga unyon ng kredito at mas maliit na nagpapahiram upang matulungan ang mga negosyo na hindi gumagamit ng mga pangunahing institusyong pampinansyal.
  2. Kapag ang Maliit na Pangangasiwa ng Negosyo (SBA) ay nagsisimulang tumanggap ng   mga aplikasyon sa sandaling muli, mahalagang kumilos nang mabilis dahil ang demand ng pera ay nasa mataas na demand. Mangyaring handa na ang iyong mga dokumento sa pananalapi.
  3. Hinihiling ni Senador Kamala Harris ng California na SBA upang matiyak na ang mga maliliit na negosyo na pag-aari ng mga komunidad na may mababang kita na tumatanggap ng isang makatarungang pagkakataon sa mga pautang sa seguridad sa ilalim ng patas na mga batas sa pagpapahiram.
  4. Kung mayroon kang anumang mga katanungan tungkol sa iyong pagiging karapat-dapat at mga proseso ng aplikasyon para sa mga potensyal na hinaharap na pautang sa PPP o EIDL, mangyaring tumawag sa aming tanggapan para sa tulong.
  5. Mangyaring alamin na ang mga kondisyon at mga kinakailangan para sa pagiging karapat-dapat para sa mga programa ng CARES Act ay patuloy na nagbabago. Mangyaring tawagan ang aming tanggapan sa (415) 567-6255 o (510) 251-2846 para sa higit pang malalim at napapanahon na impormasyon.

Karagdagang nilalaman sa Pag-unlad. Mangyaring suriin muli sa lalong madaling panahon!

Ano ang ginagawa ng APILO’s Youth Program and Youth Advisory Council?

Sa oras na ito ng COVID-19 at tirahan-sa-bahay, naranasan ng mga populasyon ng ating kabataan ang sandaling ito nang katangi-tangi sa kanilang sariling hanay ng mga hadlang, hamon, at pagsasaayos. Ang Programa ng Kabataan ng APILO ay inilipat ang lahat ng mga programa sa online, at binago ang internship ng Youth Advisory Council upang maging tugon sa mga pangangailangan ng kabataan sa kasalukuyang sandali. 

Ito ang mga hakbang na ginagawa namin:

Pagtaas ng mga pagsusumikap sa outreach (tingnan ang diskarte sa ibaba)

Halos mag-check-in at makipagtagpo sa mga Youth Advisory Council interns nang mas madalas (3-4 beses bawat linggo sa mga grupo ng breakout at bilang isang malaking grupo)

Nananatiling magagamit sa publiko sa pamamagitan ng aming kumpidensyal na linya ng teks (415-935-3313)(yp@apilegaloutreach.org)

Ang mga interns ng Council Advisory Council ay naging mahalaga sa aming diskarte sa outreach sa oras na ito dahil sa kanilang kalapitan sa komunidad at ang kanilang matalik na kaalaman sa mga kabataan ay nangangailangan ngayon. Ang aming mga intern ay lumikha ng isang “Bay Area Youth COVID-19 Lista ng Mapagkukunan” na kinabibilangan ng mga mapagkukunan na nakatuon sa mga kabataan at may kaalaman sa trauma para sa pagkain, karahasan sa tahanan, kalusugan ng kaisipan, kalusugan sa pisikal, pagboluntaryo, virtual na mga puwang ng komunidad, at libangan. Itinataguyod ng aming mga intern sa YAC ang mahalagang listahan ng mapagkukunan sa pamamagitan ng mga graphic media graphics, email sa PSA, mga paaralan, salita ng bibig, at sa kanilang YAC website / blog / instagram. 

Mag-link para sa “Bay Area Youth COVID-19 Lista ng Mapagkukunan:” :” http://tinyurl.com/yacresources20

Tagapayo sa Advisory ng Kabataan Instagram kasama ang Mga Materyales sa Pang-edukasyon at Paglabas:  https://www.instagram.com/apiloyac/

SOCIAL SERVICES + VOLUNTEER

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PLEASE CALL US at (415) 567-6255 or (510) 251-2846

We have attorneys and staff who speak English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean available to answer your call during business hours, and will be checking messages left after-hours and on weekends.  Please call us to learn more about the topics listed above, or to get legal advice in the numerous areas of law in which we specialize. 

APILO Spring Newsletter - Special Edition - Earlier Volumes 

APILO Spring Newsletter 2020 - Volume 1 - Special Edition - Published April 18, 2020 - Economic Relief and Hate Crimes
APILO Spring Newsletter 2020 - Volume 2 - Special Edition - Published April 23, 2020 - Immigration
Nothing on this website constitutes legal advice. This information rapidly changes.  It is best to consult an attorney to get the most up-to-date advice for your particular situation.  

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