Lala is a 48 years old Filipina residing in San Jose. She was a teacher in the Philippines before she was labor trafficked by an agency that promised her a teaching job in the US. Instead, she was forced to work in a low-wage daycare job in Washington DC.
She recently quit her job as a caregiver because she’s undergoing dialysis and reported difficulties in receiving proper medical supply protections in her workplace and delayed government benefits during COVID. She shares her experience below:
“When this COVID came, [the employer] provided us with PPE, but only very minimal. Like four pieces only and then we have to reuse it. So it’s not good to be reusing those masks. And then they just told us to spray them with disinfectant and reuse it again. So, it’s really hard for me to do it because, you know, my condition.“
“We were only given a box of gloves but these gloves are not really enough. So every time our client does number two, we have to reuse it again.“
“The immigration policy. It should be very strict with the immigration policy. Like us for example, in our green card application, we’re getting hit really hard. There are lots of emails that are sending us about housing assistance but I cannot apply for housing assistance because right now, if you are going to apply for any government aid or government assistance, you will not be granted a green card because of that. If you’re applying for a green card, and if you’re also trying to apply for benefits then applying the benefits will affect your green card application.”