Lessons for Government, Disaster Relief Agencies, and Community-Based Organizations
Although there is growing recognition that the effectiveness of disaster planning and relief depends on engaging and addressing the concerns of all segments of the population, the particular concerns of immigrants and other individuals with limited English proficiency are too often overlooked, disregarded, or even at times exploited. (Immigrants' Rights Update, 10/28/08)
This report, a joint publication of the Advancement Project, the New Orleans Worker Justice Coalition, and the National Immigration Law Center, raises the voices of New Orleanians struggling to return and reconstruction workers, all of whom are attempting to survive in the face of inequitable and unjust policies and practices of public and private institutions.
The Louisiana agency responsible for devising a plan that sets forth how the state intends to use federal funds earmarked for Gulf Coast rebuilding has issued a proposal that inadequately addresses the needs of low-income residents, including many immigrants. (Immigrants’ Rights Update, 5/23/06)
In recent weeks, the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has stepped up its enforcement efforts against immigrant workers in the New Orleans area, according to reports from advocates there. ICE's aggressive tactics stand in stark contrast to the Bush administration's ongoing failure to enforce employment laws in the Gulf Coast and will only exacerbate existing ethnic tensions in New Orleans. (Immigrants’ Rights Update, 5/23/06)
Following the hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (see "Gulf Coast Hurricane Survivors Ask International Body to Investigate Human Rights Violations"), hurricane survivors and advocates took their message to Capitol Hill. (Immigrants' Rights Update, 3/23/06)
Representatives of national civil rights organizations and community groups based in the Gulf Coast appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Mar. 3, 2006, to allege that the U.S. government's response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has contravened internationally recognized human rights norms. (Immigrants’ Rights Update, 3/23/06)
Problems faced by immigrant workers in the Gulf Coast, including worksite raids by immigration authorities and exploitation by dodgy employers, were the main topics raised by representatives of several national and local immigrants' rights groups and labor organizations when they met earlier this year with officials from the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Dept. of Labor. (Immigrants’ Rights Update, 3/23/06)