WASHINGTON, DC -- The National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association issued the following statement to commemorate the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria and the humanitarian crisis left in its wake across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands:
“This week, our hearts and minds are with the families devastated and displaced by Hurricane Maria, a tragedy exacerbated by our government’s inadequate response to one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history,” said HNBA President Jennifer Salinas. “We turn to our leaders and ask that they reflect on how our nation could have done better for those affected, and how the need continues. There is still an opportunity to right the wrongs for thousands of displaced families living in the U.S. mainland and the millions of people still living on the Island.
“We thank HNBA members and allied organizations for doing their part to provide legal, medical and humanitarian relief for the affected families. We also thank those who joined us earlier this year in Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of Puerto Rico and urge congressional offices to provide more assistance to the 3.3 million U.S. citizens living on the island.
“Let us take this day to mourn for those lost and then call for action to support our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters across the nation, demanding justice for Puerto Rico so this level of disregard is never seen again.”
BACKGROUND: The Hispanic National Bar Association is a coalition partner of Power 4 Puerto Rico. Power 4 Puerto Rico is a nationwide coalition of organizations, leaders, and advocates from across the nation calling on Congress and the Administration to adopt an ambitious, new agenda that will put Puerto Rico’s economy on the road to future growth and prosperity.
About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. For more information, please visit www.hnba.com.
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