Community Health, Youth Voices
Applying for assistance programs can seem risky to undocumented immigrants — what if they don’t qualify, or end up being reported to immigration authorities. While a substantial number of immigrants might qualify for deportation relief, few in Long Beach have come out to apply. Many Filipinos who end up in Long Beach don’t realize they might qualify for a T-Visa — a legal status granted to victims of human trafficking — until they finally sought help with a local nonprofit. “They’re afraid of coming out like I was,” he said. “It’s hard for them to trust someone when they’ve been lied to in the past.” Find more on Voicewaves.