Compensate Families of Migrant Medical Workers Killed By COVID-19

Target: Alex Azar, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services

Goal: Provide financial support to survivors of crucial medical workers killed by coronavirus while supporting vulnerable communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage disproportionately among communities of color and immigrants in the United States, and medical workers are no exception. Recent surveys have revealed that as much as 30% of nurses, physicians, first responders, pharmacists, and other medical personnel killed by coronavirus were born outside of the United States. Many of these essential workers belonged to Black, Latino, Native American, or Asian or Pacific Islander communities. Healthcare systems in the United States rely disproportionately on immigrants and minority staff to deliver vital services, many of whom work in the most vulnerable disease-stricken communities.

These doctors, nurses, and technicians were often beloved in the communities they served, and their loss will make recovery all the harder in hard-hit neighborhoods. Immigrant staff leave behind not only desperate patients but also families deprived of loved ones who gave their lives to save innocent people. Sign the petition below to demand that the federal government offer financial support to the families of those who selflessly gave their lives.


Dear Secretary Azar,

Among the many tragic impacts of COVID-19, the sacrifice of hundreds of immigrant doctors, nurses, and medics stands out. These selfless individuals came to the United States for greater opportunities and to help others, benefiting the communities they served and earning reputations for generosity and care for those who needed it most. Their deaths while combating coronavirus deserve the highest praise, and their families deserve compensation for their loss. I urge you to offer respectful financial assistance to the bereaved families of medical staff who have lost their lives in the fight against COVID-19.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Miguel Pena


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