BNHR, Border Agricultural Workers Project, and the Peace and Justice Ministry Establish the COVID-19 Economic Emergency Fund

The “From People to People” Economic Emergency Fund will Provide Financial Assistance to Families in El Paso and Southern New Mexico that didn’t Qualify for the CARES Act Economic Relief

 May 1st, 2020. EL PASO, TX.  – TODAY May 1st, Border Network for Human Rights, the Border Agricultural Workers Project, and the Peace and Justice Ministry have launched an emergency fund to provide relief to the families left out of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

While many Americans received help from the government to combat the economic hardships during the coronavirus pandemic, many more, including American Citizens who are married to undocumented immigrants, was left adrift and to fend for themselves, increasing the already strained political climate.

We refuse to turn a blind eye at the communities that have historically been neglected and abused at the US/Mexico border. While this administration continues to divide us, based on nationality or country of origin, we continue to bring everyone together for the well-being of the whole nation. 

Other families that will also benefit from this fund, are single mothers who are head of household and who can’t look for work because they need to take care of their children, farmworkers who don’t have a job because their work in the field is seasonal, immigrant families who don’t qualify for institutional benefits because of their immigration status, elderly members of the community who have no access to any type of relief and any other special cases identified by the three organizations.

We recognize the humanity and the intrinsic rights that every human being is born with, and we also recognize the contributions of these hard-working families who deserve to be helped and appreciated. We will never sacrifice one community for another. We are all in this boat, and the only way we will recover is working together for the well-being of every individual and family in our nation, with or without documents. 

For more information about the COVID-19 Economic Emergency Fund: From People to People, visit our landing page.


The Border Network for Human Rights, founded in 1998, is one of the leading human rights advocacy and immigration reform organizations in the U.S. BNHR has over 7,000 members in West Texas and Southern New Mexico

The Border Agricultural Workers Project, founded on March 23, 1983, and based in El Paso, Texas, is dedicated to organizing the farmworkers who labor in this border region. Its current mission is to organize and assist the men, women, and children who produce the food that feeds us all and that today suffer disproportionately under the current pandemic crisis.

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