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Human & Employment Rights-related Issues & Reports


National Letter on DHS Disaster Policy

New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, 9/08.

Statement on Impartiality of American Red Cross Disaster Services

"Red Cross workers will not question clients about their citizenship status, nor will they request birth certificates, immigration papers, passports, social security cards, or similar documents that could be interpreted as being used to identify the nationality or immigration status of persons seeking Red Cross assistance. Only such documents necessary to identify the individual or family as living in the disaster-affected area are required for Red Cross assistance. If federal, state or local authorities make a request to enter a shelter for the purpose of looking for undocumented shelter residents, the Red Cross will not grant them permission unless provided with a subpoena or court order. The Red Cross may disclose information about shelter residents at the behest of law enforcement if the disclosure is necessary to avert a threat or protect the health or safety of shelter occupants, another person or the community." (9/9/08)

And Injustice for All: Workers' Lives in the Reconstruction of New Orleans (PDF)

Advancement Project, National Immigration Law Center, and New Orleans Worker Justice Coalition, 7/06.

From the news release issued with the report:  "[This report comprises] the most comprehensive documentation of post-Katrina worker conditions to date. [It] is a compilation of personal narratives based on more than 700 worker interviews that 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."

When Disaster Strikes: A Human Rights Analysis of the 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes: In Response to the United States' Periodic Report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (PDF)

International Human Rights Law Clinic, Boalt Hall School of Law, 6/06.

Request for hearing regarding human rights impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (PDF)

Copy of letter sent to Mr. Santiago A. Canton, executive secretary, IACHR, 3/8/06.