21 Sep, 2022
Civil Rights and Protections During the Federal Response to Hurricanes Harvey and María: 2022 Statutory Report
United States Commission on Civil Rights
Xavier-Brier, Marik; Grieco, Julie
From the Executive Summary: "This report examines many factors, such as barriers to providing aid, FEMA's coordinating role in disaster recovery efforts including local factors impacting damage assessments and delivering resources, and efforts by federal agencies to comply with the Stafford Act and other civil rights obligations. In addition to FEMA, the report also assesses aid provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Small Business Administration for compliance with federal civil rights law and policy. [...] This report is divided into four chapters. Chapter 1 focuses on the impacts of Hurricanes María and Harvey, potential civil rights implications regarding federal responses to natural disasters, and how the storms impacted various demographic populations. Chapter 2 addresses FEMA's role and obligations to ensure that the agency treats all disaster survivors equitably, and the role of coordinating aid with state, local, and territorial governments, and nongovernmental organizations. Chapter 2 also examines civil rights concerns regarding disaster aid. Next, Chapter 3 provides an in-depth analysis of the federal responses to Hurricanes Harvey and María. This chapter also provides a comparative look at the responses to each storm, analyzes additional challenges FEMA faced working with other federal agencies and with state and local officials in allocating and distributing aid, and discusses compliance efforts with the Stafford Act. Finally, Chapter 4 identifies potential civil rights issues associated with disaster recovery efforts and developing practices to address them. Several experts, stakeholders, and survivors provided recommendations following the briefings, which are also included in Chapter 4."
  • URL
  • Authors
    Xavier-Brier, Marik
    Grieco, Julie
  • Publisher
    United States Commission on Civil Rights
  • Date
    21 Sep, 2022
  • Copyright
    Public Domain
  • Retrieved From
    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: www.usccr.gov/
  • Format
  • Media Type
  • Subjects
    Hurricane Harvey (2017)
    Hurricane Maria (2017)
    Disaster relief--Evaluation
    Civil rights
  • Resource Group
    Critical Releases

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