Reforming Relief Efforts to Include Hard-Hit Latinx Families

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Giving Compass’ Take:

• Aaron Klein and Ariel Gelrud Shiro, at Brookings, explain why the U.S. must reform policies that currently exclude hard-hit Latinx families from COVID-19 relief packages.

• What can you do to support policy-level change that supports Latinx families during the pandemic? How critical is it to make sure your giving supports equitable response efforts for displaced workers during this time?

• Watch a video about how important it is to listen to Latinx voices throughout COVID-19 recovery.

When COVID-19 struck there was no way to avoid a major blow to Latino workers and families. Latinos comprised about one out of every six (16%) workers before the recession, but their share varies largely by industry. Latinos make up more than one in four (27%) workers in construction, over one in five (22%) in leisure and hospitality, and nearly one in five (19%) in mining and oil extraction. This explains much of the growth in the unemployment gap between Latino and white workers; a gap that is nearly three times what it was at the beginning of the year.

At the same time, the industries that have fared the best during the COVID-19 crisis are those with low shares…


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