Ensuring Civil Rights During the COVID-19 Response   [open pdf - 360KB]

From the Document: "Under Federal civil rights laws and the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act (Stafford Act), FEMA, State, local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) partners, and non-governmental relief and disaster assistance organizations engaged in the 'distribution of supplies, the processing of applications, and other relief and assistance activities shall [accomplish these activities] in an equitable and impartial manner, without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, [national origin], sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status.' Civil rights laws and legal authorities remain in effect, and cannot be waived, during emergencies. 'More than ever, it is crucial that FEMA apply our core values of compassion, integrity, fairness, and respect in service of all Americans during the unprecedented battle against COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019],' said FEMA Administrator, Pete Gaynor. FEMA's Office of Equal Rights is responsible for ensuring compliance with and enforcement of FEMA's external Civil Rights obligations under Sections 308 and 309 of the Stafford Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination Act, Executive Order 13166, 'Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency,' and Executive Order 12898, 'Environmental Justice.' Under the Stafford Act, FEMA is providing operational coordination, financial, and other Federal assistance to SLTT partners. FEMA offers the following best practices to assist our SLTT partners in anticipating and attending to civil rights concerns during the COVID-19 response and recovery."

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