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COVID-19 & Immigrants: How Are New Mainers Faring With The Pandemic & The Racial Unrest?


For many people who have come to Maine recently from other countries, the pandemic has created additional challenges to their already difficult time living and working here. We’ll find out how these communities are coping during the COVID-19 crisis. How are they getting information about health and safety guidelines? Have there been a disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases among these communities? Has the crisis impeded the legal processes for them to get settled here? We'll also talk about how the additional turmoil of the racial justice protests are affecting new Mainers.


Mufalo Chitam, executive director, Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition

Philemon Dushimire, immigration law professional; Burundi Community Association of Maine

Leana Amaez (call-in), manager of diversity, equity & inclusion, Maine Department of Health & Human Services

Sister Patricia Pora (call-in), office of Hispanic ministry, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland 

Marpheen Chann (call-in), co-president, Cambodian Community Association of Maine; communications, Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.