This page is to provide our membership and community with up to date information and resources regarding the pandemic.

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  • 18 Oct 2020 11:37 AM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    This program offers a one-time payment of $1,000 to each immigrant adult applicant and up to $3,000 for families with children. Applicants must live in or attend school in or work within the Seattle city boundaries. And you must also be low-income and have been ineligible for federal CARES Act Economic Impact Payments because of immigration status.

    The review process is NOT first-come, first-served. To support those with the most need, the program is prioritizing applicants based on a set of vulnerability criteria. However, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The application period is open for three weeks, from Thursday, October 15, 2020, 9:00 p.m. to November 5, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

    Individuals and families can apply here: You can also find information translated into seven languages at this page.

    If you need assistance applying, 20 organizations are available to help applicants over the phone in 41 languages! You can find their contact information here.

    The nonprofit organization Scholarship Junkies (SJ) will be administering the online application process. They already have deep experience from helping manage the logistics for the grassroots COVID-19 Relief Fund for Undocumented Individuals in Washington State in partnership with the undocumented youth-led Washington Dream Coalition.

    This funding is a part of a joint $45 million COVID-19 relief package announced by Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, Council President M. Lorena González, Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, and Councilmember Tammy Morales in August of this year. Of this package, OIRA received $9 million in new funding from the City’s general fund. Researchers estimate Seattle’s impacted immigrant population at around 150,000 people, including children.
  • 11 Aug 2020 4:03 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    Event: Surviving Covid-19: What are Your Options If You Can't Afford Rent

    Details: Covid-19 has exacerbated an already existing housing crisis. In April 2020, 1 in 3 Americans did not pay rent, and  despite moratoriums to protect against evictions, renters are still being evicted. In order to combat this growing issue, there have been several key changes that have occurred. Come learn about changes in legislation, how this can benefit you, and what may be coming in the future.

    Speaker: Joseph Jordan, Managing Attorney at the Northwest Justice Project

    Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    Hosts: South Asian Bar Association of Washington and Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington

    Link to Register:

  • 5 Aug 2020 5:47 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

     REGISTER NOW! (See schedule of sessions below; choose the date of your session or search by name to register)

    The series, funded by the UW Population Health Initiative, will kick off July 29 and run through November. It will feature one-one-one free legal consults and group negotiation trainings for entrepreneurs and small business owners who are BIPOC (black, Indigenous or people of color), LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) and/or women. The free legal consults will be offered virtually every other Wednesday evening for the next few months. Although the legal consults and negotiation training sessions are free,registration through the Seattle Public Library is required (search desired date).

    A partnership of the University of Washington Foster School of Business and School of Law is offering a series of free legal consultations and negotiation trainings to help small businesses that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    These resources are part of the initiative, “Helping BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and Women-Owned Small Businesses Survive and Thrive Post-COVID-19,” presented by Elizabeth Umphress, an associate professor of management and Evert McCabe Endowed Fellow at the Foster School, and Jennifer Fan, an assistant professor of law and director of the UW’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. If you have questions about this initiative or your small business needs help with trademark, patent or company formation issues, please contact the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic or learn more here.

    Legal consults and topics fall on the following dates:

    Virtual Office Hours – Employment Law Consults:

    Virtual Office Hours – Intellectual Property Law Consults:

    Virtual Office Hours – Corporate Law Consults:

    Negotiation trainings and topics fall on the following dates:

    August 5, 4-6 p.m. – Introduction to Negotiations
    August 19, 4-6 p.m. – Single Issue Negotiations
    September 2, 4-6 p.m. – Negotiations with Multiple Issues
    September 16, 4-6 p.m. – Influence Tactics and Advanced Negotiation Strategies
    September 30, 4-6 p.m. – Multi-party Negotiations

  • 4 Jun 2020 11:20 AM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    Communities Rise is offering a free legal clinic program that provides small businesses and nonprofits with a 60-minute legal consultation with a lawyer to discuss business legal questions or issues that have arisen due to the effect of COVID-19 on the business/nonprofit.  All clinic appointments will be held by phone or video conference, and interpretation in over 100 languages is available.

    For more information, please see this flyer.

    For the same information in Chinese, please click here.

  • 26 May 2020 10:17 AM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    The Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) and Asian Bar Association of Washington Student Scholarship Foundation (ABAWSSF) have established an emergency relief fund to further their missions in supporting the Asian Pacific American legal community.  This relief fund provides limited financial assistance to APA law students, recent graduates, and lawyers who are unable to meet emergency, immediate, and essential expenses due to temporary hardships related to COVID-19.

    To learn more about applying for the Relief Fund, please see the flyer.

  • 21 May 2020 12:05 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    If you or someone you know has witnessed or experienced bullying, harassment, violence, hate speech, micro-aggression or other forms of racism during COVID-19, please report your incident at the link below. This site is monitoring incidents related to discrimination against members of the Asian American community during COVID-19 and is gathering local and national data on reports of racism to present to state legislatures. You can submit an incident report in English or any of the other 12 Asian languages listed.

  • 12 May 2020 12:09 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    Hello, I am an anthropologist and I’m conducting a research project to systematically assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Asian American community. I am seeking research participants who live in the US and are of East Asian or South East Asian descent. 

    With warmest regards


    The Survey:

    Dr. K. Ann Horsburgh
    Assistant Professor and Director
    SMU Molecular Anthropology Laboratories
    Department of Anthropology
    Southern Methodist University
    Dallas, TX
  • 7 May 2020 1:28 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    Jeff Liang and ABAW are co-hosting a free Q&A webinar where I can try to answer your questions on the PPP Loan Forgiveness.  The Q&A Webinar will be this Saturday May 9th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. I am happy to take other questions but the focus will be on PPP Loan Forgiveness.

    You can register and submit your questions here:

  • 6 May 2020 2:02 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    Washington Law Help has a list of helpful resources including in various languages concerning your rights during the pandemic.  For more information, visit the below website:

  • 6 May 2020 2:00 PM | Serin Ngai (Administrator)

    The Northwest Consumer Law Center has a library of past webinars and more resources concerning the financial impact of COVID-19.  Please visit the following link for more information:

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