Community Reinvestment

New York Fed Hosting Virtual Forum On Immigrant Experience During COVID-19 Crisis

Features Wide Variety Of Speakers Including Mexican Counsel General

Keith Griffin

June 3, 2020

NY Fed's Fed and Main Street virtual program

On Thursday, June 11, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York will host a virtual forum focused on the perspectives and needs of immigrant communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

The event, titled “The Immigrant Experience during COVID-19,” takes place at 2 p.m. It marks the third installment of the Fed and Main Street series, which convenes leaders from the business, community development, nonprofit and policy sectors to discuss the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and efforts to support the recovery.

Through a series of panel discussions with advocates and community stakeholders, this event will explore:

  • The experiences and challenges of immigrant populations during the pandemic;
  • Efforts by local municipalities, grassroots organizations, nonprofit groups and the private sector to tailor solutions to address financial and economic disparities; and,
  • The pandemic's effects on immigrant families’ financial well being and its impact on the flow of remittances across borders.

Session 1: Fight of Immigrant Communities

  • Manuel Castro, executive director, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
  • Gabriel Rincón, chairman of the board of trustees, Lutheran Family Health Centers
  • Jennifer Sun, co-executive director, Asian Americans for Equality
  • José Luis Cruz, executive vice chancellor and university provost, CUNY
  • Moderated by: Adrian Franco, officer and director of community development finance, New York Fed

Session 2: Paths to Equity: Innovative Solutions to Assist Immigrants

  • Cathie Mahon, president and CEO, Inclusiv
  • Jessica Katz, executive director, Citizens Housing & Planning Council
  • Judith Flores, MD, FAAP, CHCQM chief of ambulatory care, clinical associate professor, NYU/School of Medicine and past chair of board of directors, National Hispanic Medical Association
  • Moderated by: Chelsea Amelia Cruz, associate director of community development finance, New York Fed

Session 3: The Impact on Immigrants’ Home Countries

Michael Schetzel, senior vice president, international affairs and strategy, Federal Reserve Bank of New York in conversation with Jorge Islas López, consul general of Mexico in New York

The event is open to the public, though space is limited. Members of the public can register here.

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