In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, UnLocal will be participating in the Global Day of Unity on Tuesday, May 5th to raise awareness and support for our transformative work. Since mid-March, UnLocal's team has transitioned to working from home, but this has not slowed down advancing our mission. We have pivoted our programming to respond to the rapidly changing and growing needs of our clients and community partners that have arisen during this pandemic.
Over the past seven weeks, UnLocal staff have deepened and strengthened our two core programs to ensure that there is no gap in programming. The legal team continues to represent clients in their 600+ immigration cases. This has meant finding remote ways to prepare court filings, teleconferencing with clients in detention, monitoring the daily changes in policies coming out of the immigration courts and analyzing legal decisions and executive orders that have been issued during shelter in place. The Education and Outreach team have hosted weekly live-streams and interactive sessions on UnLocal's social media platforms to answer questions related to benefits eligibility, unemployment, food banks, stimulus payments and other benefits that immigrant community members require during this challenging time. In total, we have had over 1,000 attendees at these events. To ensure UnLocal's partner organizations, allies and clients are informed, UnLocal maintains its own resource-sharing page that is updated on a weekly basis with information covering medical care, food resources, self-care tips and financial resources. In addition, we continue to assist undocumented students seeking a higher education through our incredible New York State DREAM Act Fellow.
UnLocal has also recognized a huge unmet need among our clients, and in response, UnLocal launched a cash assistance emergency fundraiser that raised over $18,000 in just two weeks to cover the costs of basic necessities for clients; including food, rent and utilities. Finally, UnLocal has been advocating on the city and state level for funds to be made available for undocumented and immigrant workers who are ineligible for the federal stimulus and unemployment benefits. We have also been part of several efforts to release immigrants in detention to be released for humanitarian reasons as part of the national #FreethemAll movement and towards that end, the legal team has submitted multiple humanitarian parole applications. We are thrilled to share that some of those individuals are now safely at home with their families.
For Giving Tuesday Now, our goal is to raise $2,500 in support of UnLocal’s ongoing legal services and community education for undocumented community members living in New York City. As a robust, yet nimble organization, donations made to UnLocal - no matter the size - are impactful. Throughout this time, the importance of our work has never been greater. We look to you, our community of supporters, to help ensure that we can continue to thrive.