Uber driver

I think since because everybody is out working and so many people are on the road it’s impacted me a lot I wasn’t making the money I was making a year ago and on top of that my wife isn’t working due to some issues lately it’s been really rough

Full time single mother of 5 nys licensed security officer previously in a nursing home.

I am a NYS licensed security guard, my first job is home a single mother of 5 my youngest 3 months old oldest 15 years old. Before co-ivd affected us all I worked close to 60 hours and received public assistance trying to make ends meet. Since the pandic i family assistance case has been closed i fought this daily and result is for the last 2 months i have received snap again. My son is having behavioral issues which lead to his removal of school not sure if that was legal. I am really having a hard time coping betweem clothing for them and back light bills rent gas and thier personal needs I am in a desperate need fpr help. Also counseling i feel helpless after fighting on a road to getting things in order again then backwards all over due to co-vid

Freelance Graphic Designer

As an undocumented American, finding work before COVID-19 was already difficult, however, as we were placed under lockdown it has been nearly impossible to make ends meet. During quarantine, I decided to use my skills as a graphic designer to create artwork for clients ranging from logos, brochures and flyers. Yet, its been difficult to make money on a consistent basis.

Freelance investigative journalist

As a freelance investigative reporter, I  used to collaborate with media outlets based in the USA and Europe (Miami Herald, OCCRP) to do the kind of deep digging required to disseminate powerful cross-border investigations.
Before moving to the US, I was the Founder and Head of the North America Investigations Division in Transparency International Russia, a center for anti-corruption research. In 2019 I fled Russia due to safety issues related to my professional activity as a journalist.  I was lucky to win a fellowship that placed me at The Wall Street Journal  (NYC newsroom) for five months. Shortly after my internship, I applied for political asylum and 6 months later I submitted the Application for Employment Authorization. Until the present day, both applications are pending with an indefinite deadline. (Case and receipt numbers will be provided upon your request)
The global pandemic had a significant adverse impact on the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) operations. Specifically, USCIS Application Support Centers (ASCs) and Field Offices were closed from March until June 4 and then partially reopened.  As a result work authorization applications according to USCIS are now taking 6 months or longer in many cases leaving undocumented immigrants like me without an opportunity to provide for themselves. 

Freelance Dogwalker, Pet Sitter and Water at Events.

I was a Freelance Dog Walker, Pet Sitter and Gig Worker where i work at events as a water and greeter. Due to the pandemic most of my dog walking clients have moved out of the state or either work from home so they do not need a dog walker and also no one is travelling due to the pandemic so i do not have any pet sitting gigs either. The Events are not happening in NYC for the past 1 year and i have zero income from this avenue. Its been a extremely challenging time for me as i am not able to receive any government assistance due to my immigration status. Please if there is any one out there who can provide any assistance to me it will be greatly appreciated.

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