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Know Your Rights
Source: WSHU
Subject: Workplace Justice
Type: Media Coverage

Proposals to aid undocumented workers face uphill battle in New York

Olga Vazquez is an undocumented immigrant and a board member of the immigrants rights group Make the Road New York. She works in child care, but she broke her ankle in January. Without health insurance, she can’t afford the pain medicine she needs or pay $450 per week for the required four months of physical therapy. Speaking through a translator, she said she’s still out of work.

“As a result of all my health care needs, I was unable to return to work as a babysitter,” Vazquez said. “My health should be treated as a right and not a privilege.”