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COVID-19 has given the world pause to consider how we care for ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. Both in Oregon and across the globe, communities and governments are balancing how to survive economically with the need to protect a greater good, flatten the curve, and get back to some “new normal”. How do we understand that as global citizens—especially if we have family abroad? How is this impacting immigrant/refugee communities directly and indirectly in the wake of the recent Presidential proclamation suspending entry of immigrants, "who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak?"
What are we seeing play out currently for immigrant and refugee communities? In many of the states hit hardest by COVID-19, 28% to 32% of health care professionals and other front-line workers are immigrants. How is bias and rhetoric around a "Chinese virus" fueling deeper fears around immigration, here and abroad? And how is that creating barriers to services and information, family reunification, and civic participation for members of these communities as well as their larger extended global families?
Chanpone Sinlapasai is a partner with Marandas Sinlapasai, LLC. She represents clients regarding general immigration law matters including humanitarian relief, visas, citizenship issues, consular processing, removal defense and appeals. Ms. Sinlapasai focuses her practice in assisting children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected, and individuals who are survivors of domestic violence, serious or violent crimes, and human trafficking. She collaborates with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and advocates to assist survivors of crime and to protect their victims’ rights through the criminal, civil, and immigration systems. Ms. Sinlapasai received her J.D. from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, in 2002 and is a member of the Cornelius Honor Society. She earned her B.A. (English & Philosophy), from Santa Clara University, 1998. Ms. Sinlapasai is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in an AILA co-liaison for Immigration Custom’s Enforcement (ICE). Ms. Sinlapasai is also serves as the Chair woman for the Oregon Commission on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs (OCAPIA). Ms. Sinlapasai has been involved with the immigrant and refugee community all of her life in Oregon and California. In addition to her immigration law experience, she has first-hand knowledge of the challenges an individual and family face when coming to a new country, as her family resettled in the United States as refugees from Laos in 1980.