October 11, 2017

Hurricane Maria and its Aftermath in Puerto Rico

The Department of Defense reports that two weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall only 5.4 percent of citizens on the island of Puerto Rico have electricity, while 12.1 percent have cell service. Communications still remain a challenge on the island. Currently, only 14 of Puerto Rico's hospitals had electricity, while 51 were "degraded" and in need of generators for power. The situation remains dire. The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice’s Environmental Justice Committee invites you to a webinar addressing the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. The panel includes a distinguished group of experts working on the intersections of issues of environmental justice, energy rights, humanitarian relief, and civil rights. The group will discuss the obstacles Puerto Rico faces in the coming days and months ahead to restore electricity, rebuild infrastructure, and meet basic human needs. 

Speakers 

  • Bernice Bird
  • Sheila I Vélez Martínez
  • Carlos Pares

Committee/Sponsor

Economic Justice, Environmental Justice

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