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Covid-19: No Medicine for Migrants

From farming to food delivery, immigrants perform many of the essential jobs we rely on. And while many undocumented migrants especially are pushed to continue working through the Covid-19 pandemic, they have no access to the healthcare system if they get sick. Patricia Mercado Sanchez is the founder and director of Conexión Migrante, a Mexico City-based media company hoping to fill in the gaps. They offer services and information to the Mexican migrant community about healthcare facilities, food distribution and repatriation just to name a few. She explains to Laura that, since our government is not helping them, migrants have been forced to create alternative systems of mutual aid and support.

More on Conexión Migrante: https://conexionmigrante.com/

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