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This article was originally published on April 14, 2020.

In this op-ed, Rená C. Mason, Tahirih Chief of Programs, writes about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, who are especially vulnerable during this time.

Mason writes:

During these times, we continue to have phone meetings with clients to offer critical support. If an abuser is laid off or begins working from home, this lifeline might be cut off. Remote meetings with therapists to cope with symptoms of severe trauma may also have to stop. Remaining at home with their abusers may exacerbate mental health conditions for survivors who are already struggling with anxiety, PTSD and depression.

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