MESSAGE TO OUR COMMUNITY, SUPPORTERS, AND PARTNERS
Monday, March 23rd, 2020
During this period of ongoing uncertainty that the coronavirus pandemic has brought to our entire society, PLAN remains committed to serving the immigrant community in Arizona. While we are all limiting our physical contact with others, PLAN is continuing our work remotely to collaborate with our partners, and evaluating how to best meet the needs of our community in these difficult and changing circumstances.
We know that you and your family are also facing the repercussions of this crisis. As supporters of our mission, PLAN is also here for you and your needs. Should you have questions on how to access resources, where to find information, or how you can help others, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. To our partner organizations navigating how to continue to provide services, PLAN is available to assist and support your work as well.
As we weather this storm together, let’s lean in to our instinct to help each other. To whatever extent you are able, we encourage you to contribute, volunteer, and go the extra mile. It’s the only way we’ll get through this, and in the end, whenever that may be and however difficult things get, we’ll all be that much better for it.
We will continue to post information and resources here as this situation evolves. We wish you and your loved ones a safe and healthy week ahead.
EARLY GIVING FOR AZ GIVES DAY STARTS NOW
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
Nonprofit fundraising nationwide has taken an unexpected turn with the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, and the philanthropic community of Arizona has responded with widespread support for all of our work. AZ Gives Day 2020 kicks off early in response to this challenge, with an early giving period starting today.
To bolster support for PLAN in this time of uncertainty, we are fortunate to have matching funds available to our 2020 AZ Gives Campaign. That means your gift will have double the impact when it is needed more than ever. Donate to PLAN on our AZ Gives page to double your donation.
To support the entire nonprofit community, AZ Gives has created a Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund where you can contribute additional amounts to support all organizations impacted by the pandemic. Coming together and lifting each other up in this time of need will get our industry and society through this difficult time, and demonstrates the spirit and value of nonprofit work itself. Visit the pages below to make your contribution:
CLOSE THE IMMIGRATION COURTS
Monday, March 16th, 2020
In the midst of unprecedented nationwide actions taken to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Justice is failing to protect human life by continuing to hold nonviolent, noncriminal immigrants in detention, and continuing to hold immigration proceedings against the advice of experts and the example the rest of the country. PLAN condemns these decisions and commends the the National Association of Immigration Judges, the American Federation of
Government Employees Local 511 (the Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Professionals Union), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association for their joint statement calling for action. Read their Position on Health and Safety of the Immigration Courts
During the COVID-19 Pandemic and urge your local officials to take measures to ensure immigrants are protected in this crisis.
PLAN HIRES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Monday, February 24th, 2020
After two years of providing free legal representation and consultation to non-detained low-income immigrants in partnership with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Phoenix Legal Action Network has hired its first Executive Director to lead its expansion and organizational development into an independently operating comprehensive legal and social services agency. With this development, PLAN anticipates hiring an attorney and support staff throughout 2020.
Executive Director Lori Dennehy joins PLAN with a background in law, nonprofit management and fundraising, leadership development, and social justice activism, including personal experience with immigration issues. A native Arizonan and two-time graduate of ASU, for both her undergraduate and law degrees, she has dedicated her career to building and serving communities throughout the Valley.
Lori states, "The need for nonprofits and professional communities to step up to provide access to legal representation, and therefore equal access to justice, for immigrants in Arizona has never been greater. PLAN's work will change people's lives, improve our community, and advance justice in an unjust system. We invite all who find the status quo untenable, impractical, and unjust, to work with PLAN to enact change and fill this gap in services."
To explore how you or your organization can collaborate with PLAN, contact Lori by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by text or phone call at (602) 730-1726. PLAN seeks partners for pro bono legal representation, community and professional educational opportunities, and strategic collaborations.
RESOURCES FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY COVID-19
Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
If your family has been impacted by the coronavirus shutdown, there are resources that can help you regardless of your immigration status. Visit the links below to see what kind of help may be available to you and your family.
FREE TESTING IS AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE
If you feel sick and need to be tested for coronavirus, you can get tested even if you don't have health insurance and don't qualify for state insurance. Find a free or low-cost clinic at one of the following websites:
Free Clinic Directory (nationwide)
Sliding Fee Schedule Clinics (Arizona)
PUBLIC CHARGE: WILL NOT BE IMPACTED BY RECEIVING TREATMENT FOR COVID-19
Accessing a free clinic or government benefits for coronavirus testing or treatment will NOT be considered under the "public charge" inadmissibility rule in an immigration case. United States Customs and Immigration Services has issued the following statement explaining this decision and the reasoning for it.
On March 24th, 2020, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order preventing landlords from evicting tenants who are unable to pay rent due to the pandemic. If you have have lost your job, lost wages, or have health conditions that put you at high risk for COVID-19, you can use the forms below from Community Legal Services to notify your landlord.
Many immigrant families are excluded from the stimulus package tax credit payments provided by the CARES Act. Several funds have been established throughout the country to provide cash assistance directly to those families who will not receive that help. You can apply directly to these funds for assistance. Currently, most funds are limited by region. If an Arizona fund becomes available, we will update with that information here.