Disasters, both natural and manmade, affect the physical health of a community, interrupt the education of its children and wipe away the precious, yet limited, resources some have worked so hard to attain. They often reveal systemic, engrained disparities that renew the debate about issues affecting truly equitable recovery efforts.
In the wake of disasters, emergency needs such as food and clothing are often quickly addressed. But what about the legal needs to help ensure that low- and moderate-income families have equal access to recovery resources intended to sustain neighborhoods and rebuild communities?
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi Center for Justice leveraged the unprecedented influx of pro bono legal assistance to help open doors for low and moderate income families.
The Center also learned lessons from that recovery effort and applied them as it established a regional legal response to BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig explosion. From providing direct legal services to influencing the policy decisions that create the framework for future disaster recovery regulations, the Center and its allies are committed to protecting access to justice for everyone impacted by disasters in the region.