The Louisiana Civil Justice Center, a legal hotline set up after Katrina, will coordinate the pro bono effort to get legal advice to hurricane victims in U.S. territories.
News Story (Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)
October 4, 2017
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Tags: Disaster Recovery
Organizations mentioned/involved: Louisiana Civil Justice Center
Right now, the millions of victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are focused on finding water, food, electricity, and working cellular phone service. But soon many will will be looking for another service in spades: lawyers.
More than 30 residents of U.S. Virgin Islands have already placed desperate calls to lawyers on the mainland asking for help, for example, because their landlords have threatened eviction, says Jonathan Rhodes, executive director of the Louisiana Civil Justice Center. Some of those apartments may not even be inhabitable.
“That’s the emergency,” Rhodes says. “We frantically have to find attorneys on the ground in Virgin Islands, who are themselves trying to rebuild their homes and offices and communities, and ask them to step in and help these people.”