Today in La Voz with Mariel Fiori, I spoke with the New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, the first woman and first African-American to occupy that position, on what her office is doing to combat the coronavirus pandemic and defend the immigrant community. The interview was in English. James said she understands that the pandemic is disproportionately affecting communities of color. A vulnerable and marginalized population by the federal government, such as the undocumented immigrant population needs a safety net and this pandemic is showing all the cracks in the system. The prosecutor stressed that New York State is a sanctuary for immigrants and that no one should be afraid of getting tested for COVID-19; and further, that the state is working on a stimulus plan for all New Yorkers who were excluded by the federal stimulus package.

She also spoke about other areas in which she defends the immigrant population, including resources for tenants against discriminatory acts; as well as the hotline her office has available for any one who needs to report a hate crime based on race, ethnicity, the people they love, language or immigration status. That number is 1800-771-7755. For other information, call 1800-771-7755 or visit her website.