Race, Class and "Refugees":
Human Rights Implications of Hurricane Katrina

Friday September 16, 2005

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As we begin to realize the devastating toll of Hurricane Katrina, many questions confront us: Could the devastation have been prevented? Has America failed its own people in its response? What can the WCL community do to help?

On September 16, 2005, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law hosted a panel discussion on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with WCL Professors Muneer Ahmad, Angela Davis, Susan Bennett and special guest speaker Monique Harden, co-founder of the New Orleans based NGO Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, who will be joining the panel by phone from Birmingham, Alabama. The panel will be moderated by Center Executive Director Hadar Harris.

The panel discussed race, class and other social impacts of the aftermath of the hurricane, as well as the police and military responses, and the repercussions for community and economic redevelopment. The panel discussion was followed by a question and answer period, as well as a brainstorming session on action that WCL students can take to assist in relief efforts.

Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the Center Student Advisory Board, Action for Human Rights, Alternative Spring Break, BLSA, Business Law Association, EarthRights International WCL Chapter, Health Law and Justice, Human Rights Brief, Immigrants Rights Coalition, International Legal Studies Program, Law Students for Choice, LLM Board, National Lawyers Guild, Office of Diversity Services, Office of Public Interest, SDLP, Women’s Law Association.