Small slip of paper stands between Pacific Islanders in Washington and unemployment benefits

September 21, 2020

“In the time of Covid-19, everyone is at risk when one community can’t access safety net programs allowing them to stay home. Instead of staying in isolation, people with Covid may have to venture out to work to survive, advocates say.

The problems caused by that slip of paper are one of a series of sometimes insurmountable barriers migrants face when applying for unemployment benefits.

Advocates say the barriers, especially acute for some Pacific Islanders, amount to discrimination.”

Read the full article at the link below, featuring Neighborhood House staff members CeCe Heine and Triple Js Kaminanga.