Defending Victims of Hurricane Maria

Last Minute Extension, Discrimination & Due Process: Attorneys Fight for Victims of Hurricane Maria
– The National Law Review

The National Law Review reported on Manatt’s work alongside LatinoJustice to defend those affected and displaced Hurricane Maria. Craig de Recat, a partner in the firm’s litigation practice, Justin Jones Rodriguez, an associate in the firm’s litigation practice, and Eve Torres, a former associate in the firm’s litigation practice, worked together to extend FEMA’s Temporary Shelter Assistance Program and to hold the agency responsible for due process and discrimination.

”It's the right thing to do,” Rodriguez told the publication. “When LatinoJustice reached out to me, I was happy to jump on board as an individual. It would be dishonest for me to say that I'm not motivated by the fact that I'm a Hispanic American, and the way that these Puerto Rican individuals are being treated by the administration is unjust and unconstitutional.”

The publication focused on differences in the treatment of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria victims, citing examples from both President Trump and FEMA. Inequalities in response time, financial aid and case management support were highlighted as areas of discrimination.

Read the article here