Disclaimer: The National Bar Association is not endorsing any of the sites provided below nor the accuracy of the information contained therein and recommends individuals conduct their own independent research before relying on the sources.
Health & Human Services
- World Health Organization — Country & technical guidance, travel advice, public advice, situation reports, research & development, strategies, plans & operations, and mythbusters.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control — Information on symptoms, how to protect yourself, what to do if you are sick, and managing stress.
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration — The latest updates on drugs and medical devices, medical countermeasures, health fraud, and more.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture — Information about Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, food safety, pet safety, agricultural research, economic research, and more.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — Information on work for patients and health care providers, disaster declarations, FEMA financial reimbursement, economic support & recovery, and more.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — Updates on the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, Telehealth, mental health & coping, optimizing ventilators, and general COVID-19 news.
- Joint Website of White House, FEMA, & CDC — Information on checking for symptoms, what to do if you are sick, how to protect yourself (including social distancing) and additional resources.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — Specific resources for homeless service providers, public housing agencies, multifamily property owners, homeowners and renters, Native Americans, FHA Lenders and Office of Housing Program Participants, and HUD grantees.
- U.S. Government Site for Medicare — Information on slowing the spread of coronavirus, hygiene precautions, preparing for healthcare needs, coping with stress, Medicare coverage, Telehealth, and more.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — Information on Telehealth, how to clean your hands, preventative actions, what to do if you are sick, and distinguishing between isolation and quarantine.
- National Institution of Health (US Department of Health & Human Services) — Resources and news releases including information about clinical trials, NIH grants and funding, substance abuse, stress, anxiety, and grief, treatment guidelines, and more.
- State Health Departments — Link to search by state for information provided by individual states’ departments of health.
- National Institute of Mental Health (National Institute of Health) — Information on coping with traumatic events including identifying warning signs, wags to cope, how to find help, joining a study, and more.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline — Information on intimate partner violence and child abuse considerations, emergency grants to address mental health and substance use disorders, discretionary grant recipients, disaster planning, mental health concerns, alcohol and benzodiazepine withdrawal, considerations for psychiatric hospitals, tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation, and more. They also operate a Disaster Distress Helpline to provide counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress: Call 1-800-985-5990 (TTY 1-800-846-8517). Text TalkWithUs to 66746
- National Domestic Violence Hotline — Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — Call 1-800-273-8255
Consumer Protection, Financial, & Employment
- U.S. Federal Trade Commission — Tips for avoiding coronavirus scams such as those relating to vaccinations, virus test kits, low-priced health insurance, work-at-home schemes, donations, and more.
- U.S. Social Security Administration — Information on monthly benefits and other financial help, protecting yourself from scams, getting help from social security, hearings, office closures, online services, etc.
- U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — Information about protecting your finances including mortgage and housing assistance, student loans, avoiding scams, small business owners, servicemen, unemployment, leave, and health benefits.
- U.S. Government Site for Unemployment Help — Information on unemployment benefits, continuation of health coverage through Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), short-term and long-term disability insurance, workers’ compensation, wrongful discharge/termination of employment, and welfare or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
- U.S. Small Business Administration — Information on coronavirus funding options, guidance for businesses and employers, local assistance, SBA relief efforts, SBA products and resources, and government contracting.
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service — Resources for tax relief including changes to filing and payment deadlines, employer tax credits, high-deductible health plans, and how to check the status of Economic Impact Payments.
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — Providing information related to processing for EEO complaints, compliance with antidiscrimination laws, pandemic preparedness and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and more.
- U.S. Department of Labor — Information on workplace safety, wages, hours and leave, unemployment insurance, support for dislocated workers and states, job corps students, injured federal workers, federal contractors, foreign labor certification, flexibilities for mine operations, support for workers in the agricultural sector, and additional news.
- U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) — Guidance on preparing workplaces for coronavirus, worker exposure risk, guidance for specific industries, handling coronavirus-related complaints, referrals, and severe illness reports, reporting coronavirus cases, supply shortages of N95 respirator face masks, and use of respiratory protection equipment.
- National Domestic Worker Alliance’s Coronavirus Care Fund — Charitable fund that provides immediate financial assistance to household workers suffering financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 as well as tips for employers.
Court Operations & Criminal Justice
- Federal Court Orders & Updates During COVID-19 Pandemic — The US Courts website with a listing of the current orders in all federal courts regarding hearings, filing deadlines, procedures, etc. impacted by changed operations for COVID-19. It is updated daily.
- U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review — Providing updates on the operational status of immigration courts.
- U.S. Patent & Trademark Office — Updates about extending patents, CARES Act relief, signature requirements, hearing delays etc. related to COVID-19.
- International Courts & Arbitral Bodies — There are a lot of different international courts as well as entities that administer arbitrations. Each has their own website regarding the current status of operations. Here are just a few:
- U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation — Providing news from the FBI including their work on investigating coronavirus fraud, hackers, and scammers, increased risk for child exploitation with the closing of schools, and protecting civil rights and investigating hate crimes.
- U.S. Department of Justice — Information on DOJ initiatives relating to coronavirus fraud, keeping children safe online, prosecuting hoarding and price gouging, stopping predatory housing practices, and more. Also providing guidance on issues related to pre-trail detention, use of home confinement in sentencing, and the functioning of the bankruptcy system.
- U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement — Information related to immigration enforcement and check-ins, bond, detention, visitation at detention facilities, immigration court, removals, employment verification, and nonimmigrant students and Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools.
- U.S. Bureau of Prisons — Information on BOP’s modified operations plan, current statistics of coronavirus positive tests from federal inmates and BOP staff, and home confinement information.
- National Council on Crime and Delinquency — Guidance for navigating the rapidly changing challenges faced by child welfare, justice, and adult protection agencies.
- Defender Services Office Training DivisionResources regarding tracking COVID-19 cases regarding pretrial release and conditions, access to counsel, right to speedy trial, etc.
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers — The NACDF, along with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, and others have started a COVID-19 Compassionate Release Clearinghouse project where attorneys, social workers, and medical professionals can sign up to help with compassionate release cases for the elderly and chronically ill.
- Children’s Defense Fund — Resources for families seeking assistance, families seeking health coverage, children and families in the child welfare system, immigrant families, education resources, self-care and wellness resources, state specific resources, and more.
- The Marshall Plan — A nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of urgency about the US criminal justice system. Communication through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums. Has updates on coronavirus and the justice system.
Other — Articles, Reports, and Literature of Interest