August 31, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On August 31, 2005, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin declared martial law in the city and reassigned 1,500 New Orleans police officers from search-and-rescue missions to halt widespread looting. This declaration of martial law was only one of a number of extraordinary steps taken by Nagin in an attempt ...[read more]
April 10, 2010
by Daniel Makosky
Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) released a report Friday accusing the government of committing human rights violations against the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The group criticized the response of officials at the local, state, and federal levels for being overly bureaucratic and lacking both ...[read more]
May 21, 2008
by Patrick Porter
The future of a landmark discrimination case brought by black farmers against the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is uncertain after President George W. Bush vetoed the new Farm Bill Wednesday. The bill included a provision that would have reopened the class-action suit in which plaintiffs ...[read more]
December 19, 2006
by Jeannie Shawl
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have said that a program providing temporary housing to victims of Hurricane Katrina could resume this week. US District Judge Richard Leon last month ordered FEMA to reinstate certain housing payments for Katrina victims due to the ...[read more]
December 6, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Tuesday that it will appeal a November ruling ordering the agency to reinstate certain housing payments for victims of Hurricane Katrina due to FEMA's failure to clearly explain to evacuees why they were denied housing assistance under the Staf... ...[read more]
July 19, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
A draft report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday has found that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lost hundreds of thousands of dollars last year through fraud and abusive spending as a ...[read more]
March 10, 2006
by JURIST Commentator
Andrew Wood: Exactly one year ago I was in the southeastern Sri Lankan village of Kirinda wrapping up a three month stint of relief work following the Asian tsunami. Now, as I reflect from New Orleans in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina, I cannot help but compare the two situations. Th... ...[read more]
February 2, 2006
by Cathy J. Potter
Both India and Indonesia have rejected a report released Wednesday by human rights groups claiming that relief efforts for the devastating 2004 tsunami were marred by numerous violations of the rights of survivors. Both governments denied that women and minority groups such as the Dalits, the ...[read more]
February 1, 2006
by Holly Manges Jones
Three human rights groups Wednesday criticized the global aid campaign created to assist those affected by the 2004 tsunami disaster, saying it has trampled on the human rights of many survivors. The Habitat International Coalition, the People's Movement for Human Rights Learning, a... ...[read more]
November 12, 2005
by Joshua Pantesco
Attorneys acting on behalf of over a dozen Hurricane Katrina disaster victims have filed a complaint seeking class action status against the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other government agencies. The lawsuit accuses FEMA of wrongfully denying the plaintiffs temporary housing ...[read more]

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