CORONAVIRUS UPDATE To get tested for Covid-19, workers must provide personnel identifying information. That information will not be used for any immigration-related reasons. Medical providers and public health authorities will not share private information with immigration officials. If a worker tests positive, has symptoms, or is exposed to someone with Covid, they may be quarantined. As essential workers, farmworkers “may” be permitted to work while in quarantine unless they show symptoms. Workers who test positive for Covid or are placed in quarantine by the health department are entitled to paid sick days – regardless of immigration status.

Unless otherwise noted websites below are in English only.

Worker Justice Center of New York (WJCNY, 9 Main St., Kingston, 845-331-6615, 800-724-7020), provides information and training in workplace issues such as safety and health. Website in multiple languages. WJCNY supports worker organizing, advocates policy changes at all levels, and offers free legal assistance on matters affecting low-wage workers. WJCNY also partners with community groups to support collective action. Get Covid-19 information in English and Spanish.

Rural and Migrant Ministry (RMM) supports rural workers – especially farmworkers – seeking to improve working and living conditions; experiential and popular education to strengthen rural leaders; and youth empowerment. Offices in  Poughkeepsie (845-485-8627), Sullivan County (845-392-7279), and the Capital District (518-526-2662). RMM posts updates related to the pandemic here. The website is mainly English with some pages in Spanish. RMM also works on Long Island and in western New York.

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (website, English and Spanish) aims to improve the lives of day laborers, migrants, and low-wage workers. NDLON builds leadership and power so workers can challenge inequality and expand labor, civil, and political rights for all. The group works on litigation and campaigns such as getting ICE out of jails. NDLON also created a series of study materials on the origins of the Central American migrant exodus.

National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) works to protect and raise labor standards for domestic workers including housekeepers, nannies, home and elder care workers, aiming to make their work visible and valued. NDWA offers leadership development for women of color; invests in grassroots groups; and builds state, regional, and national change campaigns.

Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs, NYS Dept. of Labor, addresses the needs, issues, and challenges of immigrant workers with outreach and monitoring of labor law compliance. Many forms and other materials are available in multiple languages. Topics covered include H-2A, -2B, U, and T visas; human trafficking, labor rights, racetrack work, and more. Contact: 877-466-9757, dipa@labor.ny.gov.

Documented, a non-profit news site devoted solely to covering New York immigrants and policies that affect their lives, provides original reporting on labor policy, law–enforcement, bureaucratic requirements, and the effects of federal directives. In partnership with Make the Road NY, Documented called on its communities to get answers to questions about labor rights amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read questions and answers here in English or Spanish.