Supporting Our Communities


As the COVID-19 pandemic upends our lives and local economies, Legal Voice remains committed now more than ever to protecting and advancing gender equity and racial justice. The pandemic has exacerbated inequities in our health care, economic, educational, and social structures, highlighting the intersecting systems of oppression that leave the most vulnerable in our communities at greater risk and hardship.


Women of color, immigrants, LGBTQ and low-wage workers are on the front lines, often at huge personal and professional costs to themselves and their families. Moreover, racial discrimination and harassment have resurfaced against AAPI communities, while national and local groups stand together to push back against xenophobic and dangerous rhetoric.


On this page, we pulled together a comprehensive list of resources and advocacy efforts to support each other and our communities as we navigate these uncertain and challenging times together. We will continue to update this list in the coming weeks.


Reproductive Health Care:

Legal Voice continues to ensure that people have access to the full range of reproductive health care services, including abortion care, and that they have the autonomy to decide when, whether, and how to form families and how they will consent to medical care. 

  • Abortion is essential health care in Washington state

  • Continued Coverage Under Apple Health

  • Enrollment through Washington Health Benefit Exchange Extended Until May 8, 2020

  • Accessing Abortion During COVID-19

  • Self-Managed Abortion Care and COVID-19

  • Coronavirus, Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding

  • Supporting Doulas and Birth Workers

  • COVID-19 and Gender Disparities


Gender-Based Violence:

As states and cities are forced to stay-at-home, domestic violence is on the rise. We are working to ensure now more than ever that the legal system is responsive to the needs of survivors.

  • Sexual Violence Law

    •  Amicus Brief Supporting Survivors

  • Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  • Washington State Court Operations (Information on what is open & telephonic hearings)

  • Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence Resource List

  • Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

  • Resources, Safety Planning, and Community Care

  • Mutual Aid Groups

  • Helplines and Support Programs, Regional and National:

    • API Chaya

    • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center 24 hours every day 1-888-998-6423

    • Domestic Violence Resource Center in Washington County: 503-469-8620 or 1-866-469-8600

    • Domestic Violence Assault Services (Bellingham, WA)

    • Call to Safety (Portland, OR)

    • Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: Project Unica, which serves, Latinx survivors: 503-232-4448

    • National Domestic Violence Hotline 24 hours every day chatting available on their website 1-800-799-7233

    • National Human Trafficking Hotline 24 hours everyday 1-888 -373-7888

    • National Domestic Violence Hotline and in Spanish

    • Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County: 24/7 Support Line - (425) 25-ABUSE or 24/7 Chat Line - (425) 252-2873


Economic Justice:

Women, women of color, and immigrant women are disproportionately employed in low-wage industries as a result of systemic racism and structural barriers. During this pandemic, we are working in partnership to ensure that workers have access to safety-net programs to support themselves and their families, regardless of their immigration status.

  • Unemployment Insurance​​​:

    • Apply for unemployment

    • Eligibility Checker: Do I Qualify for Regular or Expanded Unemployment Insurance

    • FAQ for Workers on Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19

    • Unemployment Law Project Helpline 

  • Paid Leave: Workers who are not laid off may be able to take paid sick leave or paid family and medical leave (leave for longer-term health or family reasons) for COVID-19 reasons. There are city, state and federal laws on paid sick leave and Paid Family and Medical Leave that give rights to workers that may apply to you.

    • Basic information on WA Paid Sick Leave   

    • Basics on WA Paid Family and Medical Leave

    • FAQ on Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Family Leave due to COVID-19

    • Basic information on Seattle Paid Sick Leave

  • Immigrant Eligibility for COVID-19 Benefits

    • Benefits for Undocumented Persons (including employment, healthcare, housing, and public assistance benefits)

    • Immigrants Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance

  • Essential Workers Safety: Essential workers such as nurses, grocery workers, hotel housekeepers, janitors, airport workers, homecare workers, and farmworkers are continuing to work often in extremely unsafe conditions given the coronavirus. These workers have been struggling to get adequate safety protections from employers and government. 

    • COVID-19 Toolkit for Essential Workers Health and Safety (A manual that provides guidance on how to keep safe in many different kinds of Essential Work jobs. Thank you to Massachusetts Coalition on Safety and Health.)

    • Gov. Inslee’s order protecting Workers at High Risk: (over 65 or underlying health conditions)  


LGTBQ Communities:

LGBTQ people are particularly impacted by COVID-19 because many are concentrated in high-risk industries and/or have underlying health conditions that make them particularly vulnerable. Legal Voice will continue to collaborate with trans-led and LGBTQ-led organizations to ensure that support programs and resources reach all communities.

  • Support Programs Sponsored by Ingersoll Gender Center

  • Gender Affirming Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • COVID-19 Assistance and Low-Income LGBTQ people and families

  • LGBTQ Health Care Directives


Racial Discrimination, Racial Disparities, and Community Power:

Racist rhetoric surrounding the global pandemic has led to scapegoating and even violence against the AAPI community and communities of color. Legal Voice continues to stand in solidarity with local and national community partners to track incidents of discrimination, uplift stories of community resilience, and capture better data.

  • Documenting and Addressing COVID-19 related Hate Crimes, Discrimination, and Harassment

  • Disaggregating COVID-19 Data by Race/Ethnicity in Washington

  • A Guide for Bystander Intervention 

  • Resources for Reporting Discrimination:

    • Washington State Human Rights Commission

    • King County Office of Civil Rights

    • City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights

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